Light gun-based video games are as old as the games industry itself – in fact, the very first consoles came with gun accessories which could be used to shoot objects on-screen. However, these devices were heavily-reliant on CRT technology found inside old television sets, and the move to flat-screen, LCD and LED-based screens has rendered them obsolete – until now.
Playmaji, the team behind the upcoming all-in-one retro system Polymega, has just revealed that it is working with Sinden Technology to produce a light gun "for the HDTV generation".
Dubbed the RGC01 – short for Retro Gun Controller – this unit will plug into the Polymega via a USB connection and will enable you to play all of the light gun-based titles available for the NES, SNES, Mega Drive / Genesis, Mega CD, Saturn and PlayStation. House of the Dead, Time Crisis, Point Blank, Duck Hunt, Yoshi Safari, Leather Enforcers, Snatcher... you name it, you'll be able to play it.
To comply with the various regional regulations relating to the sale of imitation guns, the RGC01 will be available in two variants – one for North America and Japan and another for sale in the rest of the world.
The gun is based on the unit created by Sinden Technology, which was recently Kickstarted to the tune of £238,913. Playmaji expects the unit to retail for around $99 in the US.
Playmaji will be attending E3 next week and expects to show off the RGC01 at the event.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Fri 7th June, 2019.
And just like that, I'm interested in the Polymega.
That's insanely cool.
We need more rail shooters on the Switch.
@Ralizah Capcom should port the Umbrella Chronicles over.
SOLD ON BIG SALE
Never heard of this Polysmegma but this has me quite intrigued.
So will this work on PC emulators for playing Point Blank and Time Crisis ect.?
Also looks like it's only going to be released in the U.S
My brother is gonna crap his pants. He is sooo gonna buy this if it works.
Not that it's hooked up, but I kept a CRT TV for this purpose. I doubt that I have the needed and now-incredibly-rare cables needed for the GunCon2 and Time Crisis 2 to work. At least the Zapper and Super Scope were simple - those I can play!
Say what you want about Polymega, that things looks killer.
If I can use this to play Time Crisis with I'm sold. No way I would buy something like this for Duck Hunt, lol, I can play that with a wiimote on the Wii U.
@Doktor-Mandrake They've made versions for US/Japan and the Rest of the World, so rest easy
Wow, that orange variant is hideous! Nearly bought one of those Top Gun HDTV guns a few years back but could never stomach the price given the mixed reviews.
I’m thinking about time crisis
Looks great. Still not interested in the system, but Nintendo needs to get on using all that Joy-Con tech for light gun games + gun.
And another vapor added...
Maybe try putting something on the shelves, before anouncing (Again) the next big thing , or an intringuing 3d rendered concept...
duuuude. I can finally play my copy of Elemental Gearbolt. This is great.
I still can't believe this thing ain't out yet and now they're already announcing peripherals for it.
@Jokerwolf for $20-$30 more than other platforms
I still have a CRT, an NES, and Duck Hunt, so I’m good!
what about the Dreamcast? it would be nice to be able to play house of the dead on that too.
@KingBowser86 for the ps2? You can use any rca y cable to plug in the yellow and gun. I've daisey chaned two as well.
God I miss Point Blank.... This game was tons of fun...
@Omegadot That's the thing, there's some kinda splitter that allows the PS2's one RCA-y and then two of the GunCon2 RCA-y to go in. And then something about the USB ports? I dunno, it's been so long, but I might dust everything off today for grins after reading this article.
Sega Ages Virtua Cop and House of the Dead when?
There’s a typo/Freudian slip in the article.
It should be “Lethal Enforcers” and not “Leather Enforcers”.
Very cool. I like the simpler non-patterned design best; the patterned one is actually pretty fugly.
Does it have any kind of physical recoil, like say the Point Blank arcade guns did, because that would just make it beyond awesome imo? Or even some good rumble would be welcome at the very least.
@Pichuka97 lol ya, that is why you wait for a sale.
I freaking love light gun games! Which is why I have several CRT monitors and no need for this thing.
Still, I’m intrigued as to how it works and also quite skeptical as to if it will perform like the light guns of old.
While this is certainly nice and I'd LOVE to enjoy some more Point Blank parties with friends and family, I'm afraid a handful of niche games just aren't worth investing in $100 for a single peripheral (keep in mind you'd need TWO for multiplayer titles like Point Blank), let alone an entire new console platform. I'd definitely be onboard if, say, Namco packaged one or two less expensive light guns utilizing this same tech for Switch or even either PS4 or Xbox One along with a compilation of some of their most famous genre entries like Time Crisis, Point Blank, etc.
Even then, another barrier to entry is that Sega (House of the Dead) and other publishers may or may not even make their games compatible with such a peripheral if they released them. Gamers are in BAD need of a more universal, "one size fits all" option for light gun games, and unfortunately those are almost always best supported when they come from the platform manufacturer themselves. In other words, not likely to happen anytime soon.
I realize they're trying to fill a void in the marketplace for retro fans, but the biggest hurdle Polymega and other companies (even Google's Stadia, which definitely has its own red flags, i.e. dependence on internet bandwidth) is that, historically, there's only ever really been room for up to three major players in the console industry at any given time. Again, Polymega is only trying to fill a specific niche, but when the existing platforms (not to mention various emulators) already offer so many of these retro games via compilations or other means, it's going to be a hard sell to convince gamers to plunk down the cash for yet another system. Best of luck to them though, because their product looks like it has potential.
That instantly makes me interested in polymega. It's getting harder and harder to find a good CRT. I have one hooked up mainly just for NES Zapper and N64. I'm glad this is possible. I love light gun shooter games. One of the many reasons why I love the Wii so much, though the Wii remote never really felt the same.
Good thing it comes with that swappable "safety tip" so the light guns can't harm us.
I imagine US law requires them to have it, though, so good for them for making it swappable to we can change it back to a sensible color.
How does it work?
I feel like VR is the true replacement to this.
@AlphaElite yeah and it also varies state to state. Most cap guns are now clear orange. I believe California requires airsoft guns to be completely orange now too.
maybee they should actually release the console first. Oh wait they cant the world wide intel chip shortage is causing issue. WTF
Now this I want, I miss light gun games.
Oh, yes please! The last release with a good lightgun was on PS3 and I'm missing the good lightgun titles on Saturn, PS1 and PS2. On a LED it was only possible with a LCD Top Gun and this thing was hard to get.
Recently followed the Mars Project for XboxOne, but it's like on Wii and not very precise on an LED. You just follow the cursor and don't aim Pixel accurately. It's really one of my biggest wish to get a GCon-like lightgun with its precision.
Reminds me of the Automag/Enforcer from Unreal
This looks great and would be perfect for FPS games and the rumored Duckhunt reboot coming.
Looks like Gun from cyberpunk
Does anyone remember that Zelda Wii game with the gun attachment? That was FUN. I would pay $100 for games like that.
Love it!! I am sold.
Leather Enforcers!? I must have missed that one, sounds GREAT!
Suddenly become a lot more interested in the Polymega anyway. This would be great.
Will believe it when I see it.
Should have more light gun games this gen, but I expect the masses would moan!! It's not open world, its not online, it's on rails. But some of us love these type of games.
A single light gun to play all the retro shooters with is a really brilliant idea. This Polymega thing just gets more and more interesting.
Man, now I miss my Joytech "Real arcade gun" and Time Crisis again..
I had a ton of light guns, but that one was my favourite
Guess that US version is going to be a hot item on eBay for the rest of us. Those "international regulations" are most likely German.
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