If you know the name Analogue, you know the company's reputation for some expensive but authentic and beautiful HDMI-compatible FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) replicas of classic game consoles. Today, the company announces that it will be filling this product line next year with the Analogue Pocket, a $ 199 FPGA handheld that comes with literally thousands of original cartridges for the Game Boy, the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance is compatible, will bring to market (and other portable devices such as Lynx, Game Gear and Neo Geo Pocket Color via planned cartridge adapters).
The 3.5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1600 × 1440 pixels and 615 pi (LTPS) frankly looks like an overkill, considering the Game Boy Advance at 240 × 160 pixels and about 100 ppi lies. But Analogue's Christopher Taber tells Ars that the Analogue Pocket will include the same Altera Cyclone V FPGA as the previous Super Nt and Mega Sg and a second Cyclone 10 FPGA, "only for developers developing and porting their own cores would like".
This means that it does not matter to hackers to integrate into the Pocket via the system's microSD card slot aftermarket firmware, as was the case with other analog products in the past. So do not be surprised if the Pocket gets "unofficial" support for the same NES, Super NES, and Genesis FPGA cores that were built into previous Analogue products, as well as Homebrew cores that support classic systems Atari 2600 up to the Sega Master System.
While analog marketing materials and Taber both insist that the Pocket "does not support playing ROM files," the earlier homebrew firmware with Jailbroken was able to load ROMs stored on SD cards, and even ROM files. Files from original cassettes to be backed up for full-digital playback (Taber also told Ars that "other nice features" available via the microSD card slot will be announced in the future).
Perhaps Analogue nods to the Nintendo Switch and designs the Pocket to work on HD TVs via an optional HDMI dock that supports wired USB and Bluetooth wireless controllers (pricing for this dock is yet to be announced). , For an undocked game, the system has stereo speakers and a standard Game Boy Advance SP (3.5 mm) headphone jack. The Pocket will also have a rechargeable USB-C lithium-ion battery (Taber tells Ars: "I can assure everyone will be very happy with the battery life") and have an "original link plug" if you want play multiplayer Tetris as in 1989.
The Analogue Pocket will also be preloaded with Nanoloop, a popular Game Boy sequencer / synthesizer that has been helping Chiptune musicians with original Game Boy hardware and a mobile app for decades / or more versatile Game Boy clones in the past, We look forward to seeing how Analogue's flawless design fits into the retro wearable device market as we next year hold the Analogue Portable in our hands.