Analogue, king of FPGA, has, at final, pulled the trigger on a handheld to dominate more than all rivals. The Analogue Pocket is, naturally, powered by FPGA (so, no emulation right here) and out of the box will play Game Boy, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance cartridges. The day you obtain it, more than two,700 games will be compatible with the handheld.
Old meeting new does not quit with the custom FPGA chip, having said that, as the Pocket will rock a three.5” screen that is 1600×1400 pixels, which translates to 615ppi. This screen will be LCD, utilising LTPS technologies (Low-Temperature PolySilicon) which is mentioned to present larger image excellent than AMOLED or IPS displays.
Furthermore, the battery will be charged by USB-C, the three.5mm headphone port will reside for yet another day and the Pocket even consists of an old college Hyperlink Cable port. There is also a micro-SD card port, but if judging by other Analogue items, this will probably be for firmware updates only and not for playing ROM’s – legally grey or not. Speaking of grey, if the promotional renders are something to go by, the Pocket will be released in black and “DMG-grey” (my words, not theirs).
Taking a web page out of Nintendo’s heavily copyrighted and sue-content playbook, there will be an further dock that the Pocket can be inserted into so you can play by means of a Television. This will charge the handheld as properly as output video, and though connected, wired controllers (by way of USB) and wireless 8BitDo controllers utilizing Bluetooth will be compatible.
But wait, there’s additional! The Pocket will consist of a “digital audio workstation” known as Nanoloop (which seems to be an current item that is becoming integrated) which is a sequencer and synthesiser for all you chiptuners out there. As Analogue puts it (who are constantly poets with sentences) it is “Designed for music creation and reside functionality. Shape, stretch and morph sounds. Capture music or play and sculpt reside.” Here’s a demo of what that will probably resemble:
Hey, but wait – there’s even additional! Not only is there an FPGA for recreation of the retro handhelds, but there will also be an totally separate second FGPA chip “for developers to create & port their personal cores”. There’s not a lot of details however on what this will really entail, but it seems Analogue are aiming for the homebrew market place in a massive way.
But… but, hold on. There’s even additional! Yes, there are adapters also! Although the Pocket will be initially compatible with the whole Game Boy library, with the appropriate pieces of plastic Atari Lynx, Sega Game Gear and SNK Neo Geo Pocket Colour will be playable also.
Woweeeee. What an announcement. Although there are no rates however on the dock or the adapters, the Pocket is slated for release sometime in 2020 for $199. Begin saving these pennies.