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The upcoming multi-format gaming handheld Analog Pocket will begin reaching players in December, seven months after its planned release was delayed.
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Manufacturer Analog updated it shipping plan Today, November 22 (as seen eurogamer), simply saying, “Analog Pocket pre-orders will begin shipping on December 13th” and that “an email has been sent to all who have pre-ordered”.
Analog also notes that “due to the unprecedented shipping rush,” customers can receive their consoles in a two-week window between December 14 and December 30. Anyone who wants to hold their deliveries until the new year – the holiday season to avoid parcels missed due to travel – will be able to do so, with shipments resuming on January 3, 2022.
Analog Pocket was announced in 2020 and was initially scheduled to release in May 2021. The latest in a range of analog to retro consoles, Pocket is designed to play the original Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges—a combined library of more than 2,780 titles—all on a single portable device. The adapter will also enable Sega Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Atari Lynx Kart to run on handhelds.
Games will be playable on a “first-in-class” 3.5-inch Gorilla Glass LCD screen with 1600×1440 resolution and 615 ppi pixel density. Analog says it has ten times the resolution of Nintendo’s original Game Boy and further boasts “pro color accuracy, dynamic range and brightness” and that “a video game system has never had this advanced performance”. .
In October 2021, Analog also unveiled its custom software for Pocket, AnalogOS. Described as a “definitive, scholarly operating system”, it is claimed that it will allow users to “explore, discover and play through all video game history”.
In practice, this means that owners are able to pull through the box art and title screen for the specific version of the game they are playing from an extensive database created by Analog “system by system, game by game, region by region”. Region, Developer by Developer, Publisher by Publisher, Revision by Revision”. It will also allow save states to be created and loaded, which should be especially useful for older games that lack any real save functions.
While the delays in Analog Pockets — which appear to be mainly down to COVID-induced supply and delivery problems — will undoubtedly be a disappointment for anyone who has pre-ordered the hardware, their imminent arrival can be seen as some fun retro gaming. should allow. Holidays.
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