8BitDo, which makes some of my favorite retro-style gamepads, is releasing an update for the 8BitDo Pro.It is calling this new device the 8BitDo Pro+, and the company says it is its “most advanced controller” ever.8BitDo is taking orders for the Pro+, and it begins shipping soon for $50.That compares to the $70 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller or a $30 third-party controller like the kind you’d find online.An important element that makes the Pro+ so advanced is its support for 8BitDo’s new Ulitimate Software, which is a suite of customization tools.But the device also has everything that you would come to expect from a modern controller.
The likes of Instagram, Spotify, and YouTube might all be high-tech modern internet services, but they all have their roots in another era of analog technology.Now, one artist has imagined what these services would look like if they were actually made for that bygone era, whether it’s an Instagram-branded Polaroid camera, a Spotify cassette player, or a VHS tape player featuring YouTube’s color scheme.Okay, to be fair, the designs from concept artist Sheng Lam, noted by Kotakuearlier this week, don’t technically name each of the services they’re based on, but it would be hard not to mistake SoundKloud for SoundCloud or YooTube for YouTube.Lam’s anime-styled illustrations manage to do a convincing job at imagining what the likes of Netflix and Twitter would have looked like in a pre-internet age.Netflix (ahem, sorry, Netflex) is a chunky CRT TV of course, while Twitter (nay, Tweeter) is a Telegraph key, used for sending Morse code messages.If I had to nitpick, I’d say that SoundCloud’s emphasis on DIY music makes the service a better fit for a cassette player than Spotify does, but the art is good-looking enough that I think he gets away with it.
Imagine if Apple, instead of inventing something completely new for its original iPhone design, had maintained the look of its iconic Macintosh or the iMac G3.The phone would be more eye-catching than the all-glass gadget we have now, if designer FuturePunk’s imagined, digital 3D models are any indication.This week, he published a look at what he thinks Apple could have created if it modeled the iPhone off either of those PCs.He recreates their commercials, too, except starring the phones.While, yes, it would be completely impractical to have a phone fully based on either of these computers, particularly the Macintosh with its clunky keys, a transparent iMac G3-style iPhone would be incredible, especially in the classic “Bondi blue.” FuturePunk is selling a Blender file of his digital 3D models, if you’re interested in playing around with one there, too.But for now, bask in the glory of the commercials; enjoy the idea of a transparent iPhone; and gaze upon your current iPhone with disdain.
The TurboGrafx-16 Mini is exciting because it gives a chance to experience a console few of us played.It doesn’t have an official price, but it looks like it will likely cost around $100.But the console never caught on in the U.S., and it soon became impossible to find new games for the machine.The TurboGrafx-16 will give me a chance to both go back in time and finally play a lot of the system’s best games that I never had a chance to own before.Along with Bonk’s Revenge, we have Alien Crush, a title I’ve been wanting to play for ages.I’ve always heard good things about Alien Crush.
Allbirds, one of the most popular online shoe companies right now, has released its best-selling sneakers in new throwback and limited-edition colors.Though the startup sells a simple selection of silhouettes and styles, it keeps its loyal customers engaged and draws in new ones with periodic color updates.This limited-edition collection introducing bright and neutral colors alike is no exception to the strategy.You can check out some of the Throwback Birds below, which include a light pink "Tuke Dusk" and soft green "Tuke Sage."New and limited-edition colors often sell out, so if you want a style in your size, you should act quickly.Ever the expert at generating renewed interest in its already-popular footwear, online shoe startup Allbirds released a new collection of Throwback Birds today.
If you love the classic look of old ultra-wide movies but don’t want to invest in an expensive camera to shoot your own versions, Sirui’s new anamorphic mobile lens gives you a solid, relatively cheap alternative.The new lens offers a premium build that includes aircraft-grade aluminum and it attaches to any phone camera using a simple clip.Sirui says a special coating enables users to shoot anamorphic videos that have a ‘retro’ appearance.Anamorphic is a classic widescreen format that decreased in popularity with the rise of spherical format alternatives.Renewed interest in analog photography has brought with it a renewed interest in the anamorphic format, leading to a slow but steady increase in the number of new anamorphic lenses hitting the market.Earlier this month, Sandmarc launched its own anamorphic lens designed for the iPhone, but Sirui’s new anamorphic mobile offering will work with Android phones, too.
Krispy Kreme is getting in on the retro resurgence with Party Ring doughnuts and a bunch of other flavours that are apparently 90s related.The 80s might be back in full swing everywhere thanks to Stranger Things 3, that's seen throwback coke adverts, and Bluetooth cassette players all over the shop, but Krispy Kreme has skipped ahead a whole decade with its Throw Back party range of dougnuts, slushies, and shakes.The four new doughnuts include two Party Ring doughnuts inspired by what are probably the worst biscuits in the world that we all only ate for that weird icing on top which also wasn't that great, but it was a fun colour and full of sugar, so who didn't love that as a kid?They come in at £1.75 a pop.If you want something a bit more decadent than candyfloss flavoured icing, then for £1.90 you can pick up a Cookies and Kreme doughnut which looks very Oreo-y, and a Jazzie which is being met with a deafening silence in my brain's bell towers of nostalgia.Despite ringing zero bells, it sounds pretty palatable; the Chocolate Jazzie is "filled with chocolate brownie batter, hand dipped in chocolate icing and finished with hundreds and thousands."
As several astute fans guessed, the retro throwback was part of a collaboration with Netflix in support of Stranger Things, which just released its third season.The show is set in the year 1985, the same year that Microsoft released Windows 1.0.Stranger Things without Spoiler Things: It’s dark, different, and still delightfulThe partnership has three elements.The first follows up on the many tweets from Microsoft’s social media crew that the original iteration of the Windows software would be launching.Microsoft has launched a PC app called Windows 1.11, which uses some of the original programs to give a rough overview of some of the new season’s plot points.
Cassette tapes are having a minor comeback: sales were (somehow) up almost 19 percent year over year in 2018, and where there’s a market, there’s a Kickstarter project looking to cash in.Case in point: the Ninm It’s OK. It’s sort of what a portable cassette player like an original Walkman would be if Sony continued to develop tape-based tech in 2019.So while the It’s OK does the usual tape things, like playing cassettes or letting you record to tapes, it also bills itself as the world’s first Bluetooth 5.0 portable cassette player (a claim of such niche specificity that it seems to be true).It allows you to listen to your favorite jams with wireless headphones or even link it to a Bluetooth speaker, should you wish.The merging of Bluetooth and audio technology from 40 years ago may seem incongruous, but it’s not the worst idea ever: assuming you’re still the sort of person who’d want to carry around a retro-style cassette player, having to stoop to using a second ancient tech standard — the 3.5mm headphone jack — at the same time might be asking too much.(The It’s OK does have a headphone jack, too, though.)
Summer Games Done Quick managed to break an event record last week, raising over $3 million for Doctors Without Borders.The show featured speedruns of all sorts of games, but of course I was most interested in ones covering some of my retro favorites.I got to spend a good chunk of the week watching a lot of those incredible speedruns.I figured that I would highlight some of my favorite retro playthroughs from the marathon.Mega Man 3 by ColonelFatsoIf you read The RetroBeat even semi-regularly, you know I love Mega Man.
2019 marks the 60th anniversary of De Tomaso's founding.Created by Alejandro de Tomaso, the sports car manufacturer built some gorgeous sports cars, including the Pantera that you're likely most familiar with.The company went into liquidation in 2004, and after some shuffling, it was eventually purchased by the Hong Kong-based Ideal Team Ventures, and now, it's back with its first new car in decades.De Tomaso on Thursday unveiled the P72, an absolute stunner of a limited-edition sports car.It carries a number of vintage elements, from the prototype-like curves of its body panels to the honest-to-goodness manual transmission.Yet, despite those throwbacks, this car is thoroughly modern, from its underpinnings to the interior that has to be seen to be believed.
The Sony PlayStation Classic, the Japanese company's answer to the NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini, never proved as popular as its Mario-packing rivals.But at its new all-time low price, ahead of Amazon Prime Day, it might finally be worth an impulse buy.The pint-sized PlayStation is available at Amazon and BestBuy for a mere $24.99.That's considerably cheaper than its original asking price of $99.99, and even less again than its last major price cut that brought it down to $59.99.It's put the retro console finally into impulse buy territory, and is well worth it for the price, even with its failings.Maybe you want a PS4 Pro instead
The oddness kicked off on 1 July when a tweet and Instagram post detailing the "all-new" Windows 1.0 appeared on a feed more accustomed to wearily plugging Bing pictures for desktop backgrounds or dropping tips on using Windows 10.Unsurprisingly, those tips don't include "Just don't".However, a mock promo video, replete with '80s-esque music and visuals, popped up as the account excitedly plugged the arrival of a Clock, MS-DOS executive "and more."Social media mavens speculated that the posting could indicate an open-sourcing of the Windows 1.0 code or, more likely, a hop on the Stranger Things 3 marketing bandwagon (presumably without the licensing fees demanded by Queen of the Streams, Netflix.)Windows 1.0 debuted in November 1985 (the same year Netflix's show is set) and tottered atop MS-DOS.The graphical shell demanded users get to grips with a mouse, didn't allow overlapping Windows and had some hefty hardware requirements (for the time) to be usable.
Microsoft has tweeted nostalgic and cryptic messages before, but this might be the first time the technology company has “announced” a baffling new product along with a celebration of its past.On July 1, Microsoft posted nearly identical social media posts on Twitter and Instagram, announcing what seems to be a new (’80s-style) operating system named Windows 1.0.While the announcement of Windows 1.0 is most probably some sort of marketing campaign made in jest, that didn’t stop the technology company from posting an 1980s-themed ad for the new product or from touting its features, which apparently include MS-DOS Executive, Clock, and Paint (which was mentioned in the Instagram caption but not on Twitter).Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more!!— Windows (@Windows) July 1, 2019Microsoft hasn’t released any further details on Windows 1.0, at least not anything beyond a “totally tubular” reply tweet.
For efficiency and quality, life for photo lovers has never been better than now, holding the power and capabilities of a smartphone in the palm of your hand.But still, tech advances often cost us something too.Like the visceral, tactile joy of creating and preserving an actual physical photograph.If you were a kid of the 70s and 80s, the Polaroid instant camera undoubtedly holds a place in your heart.Now, you can revisit that magic — or experience it for the first time — with this retro-cool Polaroid OneStep 2 Camera and Photobox storage for $20 off, just $99.99 from TNW Deals.Yep, once upon a time, you clicked a shutter and your camera actually spat out a honest-to-goodness picture instantly.
The desire for retro tech has resulted in the return of one of the iconic machines of the 1980s, namely the mighty Commodore 64.Manufacturer Retro Games announced in a Youtube trailer this week it is readying an updated version of the beloved Commodore 64 8-bit computer, which was launched all the way back in 1982, and which was eventually discontinued in 1994 when its maker filed for bankruptcy.The retro machine will be available in time for Christmas (5 December 2019) and will plug into HD televisions (offering 720p HD quality).The C64 comes with the original (working) keyboard, that can be plugged into a TV via the HDMI connection.It will also come with a ‘retro micro switch joystick.’The new device, known as the C64, is a full-size recreation of the original home console and games machine.
The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Modern Bluetooth speakers today are sleek and futuristic, but nothing beats the old school feel.It’s a multi-functional speaker that’s not only a blast from the past but also delivers a quality audio experience.Don’t be fooled by the speaker’s antique radio look; it’s loaded with modern tech and packs quite a punch.Underneath the hood, it has 5-inch bass drivers and a powerful 25W amp.If that weren’t enough, you could even sync with another LuguLake speaker thanks to its True Wireless Stereo tech.
Serving both as an all-inclusive multimedia experience and an angular box for keeping 12-year-olds occupied, the console we know today is far removed from its ancestral heritage.While it's important not to let nostalgia blindside us, sometimes it's hard not to remember a time when mindlessly blowing on cartridges was considered technical wizardry.As nostalgia for the early days of gaming continues to grip the community, we've begun to see the likes of Nintendo and Sony try and facilitate consumers, satiating their hunger with miniaturised classic consoles – like the NES Classic Mini or PlayStation Classic.1977’s Atari VCS is seeing a modern update, while its one-time competitor, the Intellivision console, is being reborn as the Intellivision Amico.The reality is, your mom isn't playing Super Smash Bros and your Grandfather can't turn the PS4 on..."While this response might be a little tongue in cheek, it does highlight issues of accessibility of video games.
Retro consoles are bittersweet little gadgets.They pack a ton of nostalgia, must-have-it miniature console design, and properly licensed software into a mostly affordable package that will, inevitably, mostly go unused sitting on your shelf.That’s because they are often cumbersome to play, and as gadgets teetering close to the edge of becoming cash grabs, they’re not really designed to be more robust than the emulator solution a teenager could hack together on a cheap laptop.The Sega Genesis Mini, on the other hand, is a great example of how a company can do its best to avoid those pitfalls.Sega brought the device, slated to start shipping in September for $79.99, to E3 this year, and I got to have some hands-on time with it at the company’s show floor booth.I came away impressed, especially for a device that will be cheaper at launch than competing official retro consoles.
That’s a lot of money.The console has an AMD R1606G APU that combines a quad-core processor with Radeon Vega graphics, and its capabilities are far beyond the retro consoles you’re familiar with.This is a full-blown PC in disguise.You can find that simplicity in the Atari VCS.The Atari interface is where you’ll find the 101 games that ship with the console, including classics like Asteroids and Missile Command.None of those services are confirmed, unfortunately.