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Sega Mega Drive Classics' new Steam VR support puts you back in the 90s

Also adds online multiplayer, mirror mode, and more.

Sega has just updated its retro gaming collection, 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.

VR support places you directly into the collection's hub area - which, in a delightful 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.

Sega Mega Drive and Genesis Classics' full list of new features is surprisingly extensive, and brings the Steam version inline feature-wise with the newly released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions - although VR support is PC-only for now.

There's the aforementioned two-player online support for previously local-only multiplayer games, such as Streets of Rage, as well as leaderboards. And Sega has also seen fit to add a new Challenge Mode, which introduces special objectives to "give old favourites a new twist", and a screen-flipping Mirror mode "for a fresh challenge".

Elsewhere, ROMs from other territories are now included for games with significant regional differences, and there are new graphics filters and borders options. Additionally, Steam now has 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.

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