Analogue have been around since about 2012, they’re a company that specialise in re-creating classic consoles from scratch with the use of FPGAs instead of emulation. Their claim is that their machines support 100% of the console’s library (via original cartridge) with no inaccuracies, lag or other glitches. The Analogue Pocket is their take on the GBA and it looks fantastic.
It’s been two years since Analogue announced their FPGA based GBA clone, the Analogue Pocket. The world has changed a lot in those two years, and a combination of unfortunate factors has meant that the first lot of pre-orders are still due to start shipping out. But it looks like Analogue have a handle on things. They’re now confident enough to re-open preorders a second time for those still eager.
If you’re wondering what the purpose of four face buttons is, the addition of a secondary FPGA for use by developers goes some way to explain it. The additional FPGA will allow programmers to recreate the hardware from another device, further broadening the scope of this machine.
You may also wonder how they plan to scale images correctly on this 3.5″ display. The Game Boy has a resolution of 160×144 and the GBA has a resolution of 240×160. Well, they’ve taken the “kill a fly with a shotgun” approach and bundled an insanely high 1600×1440 resolution display. That means that Game Boy will scale exactly 10x and although the GBA won’t integer scale into this resolution, the super high pixel density should mean that it’ll look fantastic never the less. Alternatively they may choose to scale GBA 6x such that it occupies a 1440×960 portion of the display.
ANALOGUE POCKET PRE-ORDERS
The first Pocket orders are due to start shipping soon, and if you missed that first set of pre-orders then prime your f5 key for the 14th of this month. Analogue have stated that orders from this 2nd round will ship anywhere between Q1 2022 and 2023! It looks as though you’ll have to wait to find out if you were fast enough for the Q1 2022 delivery, Analogue have stated fulfilment groups will be confirmed a few days later.
The price of the Pocket has also increased from $200 to $219. Supply chain issues and component shortages are to blame for this increase, but given the sheer amount of people clamouring for one of these I doubt it’ll have any effect on pre-order numbers on the 14th.
Check out their announcement for more info.