Announced last year, Analog Pocket has finally achieved a release date. Analog’s FPGA-based handheld is capable of playing games from multiple libraries, including Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. Hand shipping begins in May 2021, while Pre-orders will be available on August 3 at 8 am PT / 11 am ET. The analog pocket is $ 200 USD and comes in both white and black, while the analog dock is $ 99.
Many new details also emerged. The analog pocket has a 4300mAh battery that allows 6 to 10 hours of play time (or 10+ hours of sleep time). It can be put into sleep mode and can be awakened by pressing the power button. This allows you to pause your games whenever you want and resume them this way – no GBA sleep mode compatibility is required.
The analog pocket also has an “original display mode” that makes the pocket display look like the original handheld. This allows you to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games, such that you retain the aspect ratio and green glow.
Analog Pocket is also capable of being docked in a separate device that allows you to play your portable games on the TV. The dock supports up to four controllers via Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless and USB. The pocket link-cable is also capable of multiplayer, similar to the original handheld, although you will need a cable that is sold separately.
Analog also revealed some new accessories, including a transparent hard case, a tempered glass screen protector, a USB-C power supply, and cartridge adapters for game gear, Neo Geo pocket color, and Atari links. When you can buy a screen protector, the analog pocket display is made of Gorilla Glass, which produces a screen that is about three times the thickness of most smartphones.
Since its appearance, both the analog pocket and dock have received a small design change. On the pocket itself, the start, select and home buttons are moved to the lower center of the handheld. The dock’s USB-C connection port has also been recruited to enhance pocket stability.
Analog Pocket is just the latest system to make playing games of our past easier – check out our guide to retro gaming for the best consoles and accessories to play classic games.