Analogue has just revealed that its FPGA-based handheld system, the Analogue Pocket, has been delayed until October this year. It was scheduled to begin shipping next month, a release window that had already been pushed back once due to the effects of COVID-19 (it was originally expected to arrive at the end of 2020).
The Analogue Pocket costs $199.99 and allows access to the entire Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance library, and can play the games of other systems using special adapters.
Analogue – which has produced systems like the Super Nt and Mega Sg – has issued the following statement:
The current global state of affairs continues to create supply chain challenges outside of our control. There have been sudden and severe electrical component shortages as well as logistical issues leading to a domino effect of challenges for nearly everyone in the industry. We’re working hard to get Pocket out as fast as possible and we appreciate your understanding and patience.
Pocket is delayed and shipping in October 2021.
There are sudden and severe electrical component shortages and logistical issues leading to a domino effect of challenges for nearly everyone in the industry.
We’re sorry this is happening.
More info: https://t.co/XjjW8Forb1
— Analogue (@analogue) March 31, 2021
Pre-orders for the machine sold out quickly back in August 2020, and Analogue later stated that it was taking action to prevent scalpers from sucking up all of the available stock.
The company is also working on an FPGA-based TG-16 / PC Engine system, which is due out later this year – assuming, of course, that the same issues which have impacted the Pocket don’t also have an effect.