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Analogue Pocket delayed to 2021, pre-orders live Aug. 3

The luxury Game Boy will be released next May

A product shot of the Analogue Pocket handheld in white on a black background Image: Analogue
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Retro console maker Analogue’s handheld gaming device, the Analogue Pocket, won’t make its previously scheduled 2020 release date. The high-end Game Boy-like handheld is now slated to ship in May 2021. Analogue cited challenges related to the global pandemic and unforeseen supply chain issues in its announcement.

Pre-orders for the Analogue Pocket will go live on Monday, Aug. 3, at 8 a.m. PDT. The Analogue Pocket costs $199.99, and comes in black and white colorways.

In addition to confirming a new release date and pre-orders, Analogue also revealed pricing for a number of accessories for the Pocket, including the $99.99 Pocket Dock. The Dock allows the Pocket to connect to a TV or monitor via HDMI, and connect to wireless or wired USB controllers (up to four).

Other Pocket accessories up for pre-order on Aug. 3 include a transparent hard-shell case ($29.99), a tempered glass screen protector ($15.99), a Pocket-to-Pocket link cable ($15.99) for multiplayer connections, and other cables ($15.99 to $19.99). A trio of cartridge adapters, for Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lynx, and Sega Game Gear compatibility, are available for $29.99 each.

The Pocket itself has also changed a bit since we saw it last. The handheld’s start and select buttons have moved from the bottom-right corner to the lower center “for optimal comfort,” Analogue says. The Dock’s design has also been updated, Analogue says: “The USB-C insertion point has been recessed for added stability.”

A product shot of the Analogue Pocket and Dock, showing the recessed USB-C insertion point. Image: Analogue

Analogue Pocket also has a new display feature: Original Display Mode. The 3.5-inch, 615 ppi LTPS LCD screen can mimic the original displays of the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance, “quirks and all.”

The screen also support a user-controllable 360-degree display rotation for games that play in tate (or vertically oriented) mode.

Analogue also announced support for GB Studio, the free drag-and-drop game editor that supports Game Boy emulators. Using GB Studio, game makers can generate .pocket files that can run on Pocket via an SD card.

For a look at the Pocket, Dock, and Analogue’s full line of accessories, check out the gallery below.

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