The Evercade is quite possibly the most mainstream emulation device yet. But is it any good? Well, after a few days usage, I have to say that the answer is… Yes.
Released in early 2020, the Evercade is a handheld console. Similar in form factor to many of those emulation boxes available on Amazon & Ebay, it looks like a proper console. The advantage the Evercade has over these boxes, though, is in it’s legitimacy. You see, the Evercade is 100% fully licensed by the IP holders. So all the games you can get for it are perfectly legal. No messing about writing micro SD cards, and finding ROM images.
Now, this does have the disadvantage of limiting the variety of games available to the user. But I have found that sometimes, having access to thousands of ROMS is a bit too much. It can be hard to choose what to play when you can choose from literally every game imaginable. The cartridges available for the Evercade are well curated, coming from a number of different developers & publishers. And it isn’t just small time games companies, either. We are talking about companies such as Atari, Bandai Namco, Codemasters, and Data East. All those names will be familiar to anyone who has been playing videogames for any length of time.
Now, I received my Evercade for Christmas, thanks to my long suffering Wife. She remembered that I had pointed it out to her a whileback, and bought me the “Premium” edition. This comprised of the following:
1x Evercade System
3x Game Carts: Atari Collection 1, Namco Museum Collection 1, and Interplay Collection 1
There was also a USB charging cable (no plug) included in the box.
First impressions are very good. The packaging has a suitably premium feel to it, with a nicely designed box. Each of the game carts comes in a small, plastic clamshell case, with a full colour manual inside, which was a nice surprise. And the build quality id really rather good. I’ve handled far more pricey emulation devices that feel far flimsier than the Evercade does. Blaze Entertainmnet desreve a lot of credit for producing such a well constructed piece of kit.
The system itself features a 4.3″ LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This does leave bars on the sides of the games, but it really isn’t a distraction at all. The device also has stereo sound (which is nice and loud), and has a mini HDMI output, so you can hook the Evercade up to your TV set. Be aware, it only outputs in 720p, so on big screens, it may look a little rough. Finally, the system is powered by an ARM Cortex 7 SOC, which is more than capable of emulating the systems offered.
When using the system, it feels really rather good. The face and shoulder buttons are nice and responsive, as is the Sega style D-Pad. Each game is emulated to a very high standard, and thus far, I haven’t found any glitches (except for Earthworm Jim refusing to boot on my cart).
So, my initial impressions are that for the princely sum of £79.99, the Evercade Premium Pack is more than worth your money.