Analogue has announced their upcoming handheld retro-gaming device called Pocket. As described on their website, this is a “tribute to portable gaming”, and it’s aimed to please all of us that used to spent hours playing our GameBoy, Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance, but that’s not all.
Even though the Pocket is already compatible with the 2,780+ cartridges of all three Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance systems, it will also work with cartridge adapters to support other retro handheld systems like Game Gear. This device will not work as an emulator since it’s actually compatible with all these titles.
Analogue is also claiming that there has never been a display this advanced in a video game system, given that it has a 3.5″, 615 PPI, LCD screen with a 1600×1440 resolution, 10x the resolution of the original Game Boy. Its dynamic range and brightness, along with the pro-level color accuracy sound great, too.
If that wasn’t enough, the Pocket will also have an integrated audio workstation. Designed for music creation and editing, this is both a synthesizer and sequencer.
Finally, the pocket also has two FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) aimed for developers to use and port their own cores, which is very interesting and presents some possibilities such as playing arcade games in it if the core is developed to be compatible. These FPGAs is what Analogue uses to engineer everything from scratch as opposed to having to implement emulation software.
The design of the Pocket is also pretty sweet. Slick and compact design which recalls the rectangular form that Nintendo preferred for its Game Boy and Game Boy Color systems.
The Pocket will start shipping in 2020, although the specific date is not yet determined. It will have a cost of $199.00 with the adapters for Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Atari Lynx sold separately.
And of course, Analogue is also developing a patented Dock, which offers an HDMI output, Bluetooth controller support and even two USB inputs. The implication of this is that you can play the pocket on your TV. Analogue seems to be taking every aspect into consideration here. The Dock has no price as of yet, and no release date either, so we can expect some time in-between these two devices.