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E3 2013 - Hyperkin looks ahead by looking behind

8:53 PM, Jun 19, 2013   |    comments
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Hyperkin is a third-party manufacturer of video game peripherals.

With its 2013 E3 lineup, gaming hardware company Hyperkin looks to the future of gaming while still supporting its past.

Topping the company's lineup of upcoming wares is the Retron5, which is the follow-up to its Retron3 retro video game console.  The console accepts NES, Famicom, SNES, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA game cartridges and up-converts them to HD.  It connects to the user's TV via HDMI.

For those wondering why the company is going from "3" to "5", Marketing Director David Yu puts it best:

"Initially we started off with the Four, but last minuted changes happened where we found out that during the course of development we could add an additional cartridge slot without any additional cost or any additional developmental time," stated Yu.

It accepts the original controllers for all of its supported systems.  For those who don't have any of those 20-plus-year-old pieces of gaming hardware, it also comes with its own wireless bluetooth gamepads.

Hyperkin also showed its COMRAD Helmet.  This militaristic-looking piece of headgear is designed to pair-up with the Oculus Rift VR headset.  Yu said Hyperkin has the official licence to make peripherals for still-in-development Oculus Rift.

Finally, Hyperkin introduced a new gun controller for the PC designed for use with first-person shooters and 8-bit styled Pixel Art controllers that, honestly, weren't too comfortable to hold.

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