When high-end console maker Analogue opened up pre-orders for its stunning Sport Boy-inspired handheld, Pocket, the transportable bought out virtually immediately. The $199.99 machine, which performs Neo Geo Pocket Colour, Atari Lynx, and Sega Sport Gear video games along with a number of generations of Sport Boy titles, was extremely coveted however in brief provide. Individuals who didn’t safe a pre-order for the Analogue Pocket had been, to place it frivolously, bummed.
However Analogue mentioned in an replace Monday that it plans to make (and promote) extra Pocket handhelds, and confused that the all-in-one transportable was by no means supposed to be a limited-edition merchandise. Analogue desires to make extra, however pointed to produce points brought on by the “present international state of affairs”— aka the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
“Extra Pockets will likely be out there for buy in 2021,” Analogue mentioned. “With all issues thought-about, we will likely be doing our greatest to maintain Pocket in inventory in 2021.” The corporate urged signing up for a inventory notification at its on-line retailer.
Moreover, Analogue mentioned it’s taking “cautious motion to handle bots” and scalpers who’re reselling pre-orders for its units on websites like eBay.
“Analogue will likely be implementing strong bot safety on the Analogue Retailer,” the corporate mentioned. “This could considerably shield in opposition to bots throughout product launches on the Analogue Retailer and ensure actual customers should buy Analogue merchandise. All orders positioned utilizing bots will likely be cancelled and their stock will likely be allotted to actual customers.”
The corporate mentioned it additionally plans to observe resale web sites, like eBay, for sellers scalping their very own pre-orders. Analogue plans to report scalpers and cancel any pre-orders discovered to be listed for resale.
Analogue introduced Pocket within the fall of 2019. The Analogue Pocket performs Sport Boy, Sport Boy Colour, and Sport Boy Advance cartridges out of the field, and may play video games from different transportable techniques with cartridge adapters. The hand-held was initially slated for launch in 2020, however was delayed to Could 2021 earlier than pre-orders went stay.