The $200 Analogue Pocket is the perfect retro gaming handheld

Analogue has been making clever remakes of old consoles and now they’ve one-upped themselves with the Pocket. The device, which is about as big as the original Game Boy, can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games – the cartridges, not the ROM files – and will be able to play Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color and Atari Lynx with upcoming adapters.

The device, which features a beautiful 3.5-inch 1,600 x 1,440 pixel screen, will upscale and render older games with special care taken to ensure game fidelity. An optional dock will let you play games on your HDMI TV.

The best thing? The console uses special FPGA chips to perfectly emulate the devices themselves and not just the processors. From Engadget:

While all-in-one consoles typically run games through software emulation, Analogue’s party trick is and has always been its use of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA). The company develops its machines by examining the original hardware and circuitry of a console, and then coding an FPGA core to mimic it. Many months (if not years) later, the result is an accurate machine that can play cartridge media directly as if it were original hardware.

Is all of this overkill, especially considering the console plays expensive cartridges and not easy-to-find ROMs? Probably, but who doesn’t want to play GBA classics in all their former glory?

You can check out Analogue products here and look for the pre-order link soon.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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