Analogue Pocket: the console that brings the Game Boy back to life will be released in May
If you’re the kind of person who keeps your old Game Boy cartridges in a corner of the attic, they’ll need a refill! Analog, who likes nothing more than (re)building vintage consoles, is going to launch the pre-orders for its Pocket model. As its name suggests, this is a pocket console that can hold Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges… and even Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Atari Lynx through adapters.
Nostalgic gamers will be able to enjoy their favourite games of the great era on a small, elegantly designed machine that incorporates today’s technology, with a 3.5-inch LCD screen displaying a resolution of 1600 x 1440, ten times that of the original Game Boy (615 dpi), and a Gorilla glass-covered panel with variable refresh rate. But if you’re more into vintage consoles, you can also buy a refurbished retro console.
The battery has a capacity of 4,300 mAh, which means 6 to 10 hours of playing time, with a USB-C recharge. A micro SD slot is integrated, as well as a 3.5 mm audio port and a Link port to connect two consoles together. A dock will also be marketed to connect the console to an HDMI (1080p) TV. This box supports Bluetooth and has two USB ports to connect controllers. In all, up to 4 players can battle simultaneously.
In addition to the classic games, Analogue Pocket can also be used as a CAD box with its integrated synthesizer and sequencer, and can be connected to a Mac or PC via a MIDI output (USB-A, MIDI IN and analogue MIDI cables are available). Better still, you can even start developing games dedicated to the machine via a specific tool, GB Studio!
Analogue had unveiled its console in October 2019, with a release date this year (read: Analogue’s Pocket brings the Game Boy back to life). It will finally have to wait a little longer since the manufacturer now promises the first deliveries in May 2021. Pre-orders will open on August 3rd, at a price of $199.99 (two colors are offered: black and white). The dock is sold for $99.99.