Sega has just updated its retro gaming hub, Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics, on Steam, introducing a host of welcome new features – including two-player online multiplayer and, rather wonderfully, VR support.
Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics’ full list of new features is surprisingly extensive, starting with the aforementioned two-player online support for previously local-only multiplayer games, such as Streets of Rage, and going onto include leaderboards and a whole lot mroe.
VR support, for instance, places you into the retro collection’s central hub – which, in a wonderful flourish of nostalgia-baiting, is designed to resemble a teenager’s bedroom from the 90s. So now you can strap on your VR headset and flop down in front of the chunky old CRT to play some 16-bit gems, as if the decades never ticked by, the crushing weight of adult responsibility never stamped out your youthful vigour, and Sonic’s legacy remained pristine.
All the above would make for a sterling update as is, but Sega has gone the extra mile, throwing in a new Challenge Mode, which introduces special objectives to “give old favourites a new twist”, as well as a screen-flipping Mirror mode “for a fresh challenge”.
Elsewhere, ROMs from other territories are now included for games with significant regional differences, plus there are new graphics filters and borders options, sprite limit disable, fast-forward and rewind functionality, and Mac and Linux support.
The new Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics update is free to anyone with a game from the collection in their Steam library, and is available to download now. To celebrate its arrival, individual Mega Drive titles have been permanently reduced to 79p each, and you can now pick up the complete bundle, consisting of 59 Mega Drive games, for 24.99.