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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

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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