First announced back in October of 2019, it lasted a full year (and then others) before the Analogue Pocket began shipping console preorders in August 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic. But it’s definitely worth the wait.
A steady stream of handheld consoles continues to flow from China. While those devices can play classic games from countless retro systems, including the NES, Genesis, and SNES, they rely on software emulation, which is often fraught with performance issues and bugs that result in not very good game. the Analogue Pocket Takes a different approach to a standard Field-Programmable Gate Array chip that is programmed to work like the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Sega Game Gear, and many other retro handhelds.
The result is a handheld that plays games from all systems completely error-free with no skipped frames, graphic errors, or audio sync issues. The Analogue Pocket’s The FPGA is paired with a beautiful 3.5-inch LCD display that packs more pixels per inch than the iPhone 13 Pro’s display. The screen not only makes classic handheld games look great, it can also perfectly mimic how these games all appeared on their original systems with the limitations of the ’80s and’ 90s. display technology. It’s the perfect Game Boy — but good luck getting your hands on one. –Andrew Liszewski