Analogue Pocket: Luxury Game Boy lookalike delayed again until October 2021
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The company behind the Analogue Pocket has announced another delay to the handheld console's release. According to a press release, the current chip shortage and logistical challenges are to blame for the new delay, which pushes the Analogue Pocket to October 2021. It is worth stressing that chip shortages may run into the middle of 2022, so it remains to be seen if Analogue can meet its revised date.
This is not the first delay that the Analogue Pocket has met, either. In July 2020, Analogue postponed the console's release until May 2021, having aimed to get it into people's hands in 2020. Analogue blamed globally supply chain issues for the delay then, too. While these delays are reminiscent of the Smach Z, Analogue stresses that people can cancel their pre-orders at any time.
In our opinion, the Analogue Pocket is an interesting device because it can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges natively. Additionally, the device supports Atari Lynx, Game Gear and Neo Geo cartridges via adapters. All cartridges are playable on a 3.5-inch IPS display that has a 615 PPI pixel density.
Analogue claims that the Pocket should last up to 6 hours between charges too, thanks to its 4,300 mAh battery. Moreover, the Analogue Pocket is compatible with a US$99.99 dock for playing classic games on a TV or an external monitor. In short, the Analogue Pocket seems like a great but expensive way to cartridges from multiple platforms on a single machine. That is, if Analogue ever manages to ship it to people.