There’s nonetheless no agency release date for the delayed Analogue Pocket (exterior of the broader “December 2021” window that the corporate last provided in September), however Analogue is trying to whet gamers’ appetites with the subsequent neatest thing: a deep have a look at AnalogueOS, the brand new customized software program that may energy the Pocket every time it does truly arrive.
As one would possibly count on for a retro gaming machine, AnalogueOS contains a minimal, pixel-art model design that’s meant to get you into video games as simply as potential.
But Analogue is taking its objective of constructing the final word retro gaming machine severely. There’s a brand new “Library” function, with a large database that the corporate has constructed from the bottom up with the objective of serving as a complete historic archive for retro gaming. Players will be capable to browse round and discover the historical past of basic video games and builders, sorted by area, system, writer, and extra. The Library may even let gamers pull in field artwork or title screens for video games that they’re taking part in and even learn bodily cartridges to determine the precise revision and model of a recreation. There’s additionally playlist assist, too, for creating customized lists of favorites.
But one of the attention-grabbing options is what Pocket calls “Memories,” which ought to permit gamers to seize and cargo save states on to and from a cartridge and even share them with different gamers to load onto their cartridges — one thing the corporate says has by no means been executed earlier than. Memories may even permit for gamers to save lots of and share screenshots, too — a staple of recent consoles that it’s trying to carry to older video games.
Lastly, AnalogueOS will provide quite a lot of instruments for monitoring gameplay, together with logging how lengthy and if you performed particular video games. AnalogueOS can also be meant to be a stepping stone for the corporate — one that may (ultimately) be out there for different Analogue merchandise, too.
And whereas all that sounds very neat, there are quite a lot of caveats in Analogue’s announcement right here. For instance, whereas the Library, Memories, and Tracking options all sound nice, they received’t be out there on the preliminary AnalogueOS 1.0 — fairly, they’ll be coming later “on AnalogueOS 1.1 and beyond.”
Additionally, when the Library function does arrive, it’ll solely assist Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Game Boy, and Game Gear video games. Neo Geo Pocket Color, Neo Geo Pocket, TurboGrafx-16 and Atari Lynx assist will come alongside the cartridge adapters sooner or later.
The first Pocket Analogue consoles are anticipated to ship “at the latest in December.”