Update: And just like that, the initial batch of pre-orders have sold out (in around 15 minutes, no less). Analogue says that it will be producing more and doing its best to meet demand, and you can sign up to be notified when more consoles are available again here.
Original Article (Mon 27th Jul, 2020 16:00 BST): Analogue has announced that it will be opening pre-orders for its upcoming Analogue Pocket FPGA-based console – which offers access to over 2,780 Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges – on August 3rd, at 8am PST.
The bad news? The handheld – which was due to launch this year – will now ship in May 2021, a delay which Analogue attributes to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has triggered “supply chain issues” out of the company’s control.
Still, the firm – which has previously released the stunning Super Nt and Mega Sg clone systems – is spending the additional time wisely. Both the Pocket and the optional dock have been subject to small design changes; in the case of the Pocket, the Start, Select and Home buttons have been moved to the middle of the casing a little for “optimal comfort”.
With the dock, the USB-C insertion point is now recessed to improve stability. The dock itself supports up to 4 controllers, which can be connected via Bluetooth, 2.4g wireless or wired USB. You can also connect the dock to your TV via HDMI for a big-screen experience.
Analogue has also added a cool ‘sleep’ function to the system; simply press the power button and gameplay is suspended while the console enters low-power sleep mode. A second press of the power button wakes the console and allows you to resume exactly where you left off. You can also connect up to 4 Pocket consoles for multiplayer using an optional cable.
A series of accessories will be available for the Pocket, including a special transparent hardcase, fast-charging power supply for the console’s 4300 mAh battery (which gives 6 hours of play time and around 10 hours of sleep time), tempered glass screen protector and cartridge adapters for Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Atari Lynx cartridges. You’ll also be able to purchase high-quality MIDI and Analog sync cables so you can connect the Pocket to your computer to make the most of the Nanoloop music creation tool.
On the software side of things, Analogue has implemented a cool feature called “Original Display Modes” which aims to faithfully recreate the look of the original screen hardware seen in the Game Boy line. If you love the blurry, pea-soup-coloured pixel-rich look of the original monochrome Game Boy, you can get that with this system.
The Analogue Pocket will cost $199.99 (limited to 2 per customer) while the Analogue Dock will be $99. Will you be pre-ordering one of these?