Analogue Pocket pre-orders will return in 2021, with anti-bot and scalper measures

When high-end console maker Analogue opened pre-orders for its gorgeous Video game Boy-inspired portable, Pocket, the portable offered out practically quickly. The $199.99 gadget, which plays Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lynx, and Sega Video game Equipment video games in addition to numerous generations of Video game Young boy titles, was extremely desirable however in brief supply. Individuals who didn’t protect a pre-order for the Analogue Pocket were, to put it gently, bummed.

However Analogue stated in an upgrade Monday that it prepares to make (and offer) more Pocket handhelds, and worried that the all-in-one portable was never ever planned to be a limited-edition product. Analogue wishes to make more, however indicated provide problems triggered by the “current global state of affairs”— aka the continuous COVID-19 pandemic.

“More Pockets will be available for purchase in 2021,” Analogue stated. “With all things considered, we will be doing our best to keep Pocket in stock in 2021.” The business recommended registering for a stock alert at its online shop.

Furthermore, Analogue stated it’s taking “careful action to address bots” and scalpers who are reselling pre-orders for its gadgets on websites like eBay.

“Analogue will be implementing robust bot protection on the Analogue Store,” the business stated. “This should significantly protect against bots during product launches on the Analogue Store and make sure real users can purchase Analogue products. All orders placed using bots will be cancelled and their inventory will be allocated to real users.”

The business stated it likewise prepares to keep an eye on resale sites, like eBay, for sellers scalping their own pre-orders. Analogue prepares to report scalpers and cancel any pre-orders discovered to be noted for resale.

Analogue revealed Pocket in the fall of 2019. The Analogue Pocket plays Video game Young boy, Video Game Young Boy Color, and Video game Young boy Advance cartridges out of package, and can play video games from other portable systems with cartridge adapters. The portable was initially slated for release in 2020, however was postponed to May 2021 prior to pre-orders went live.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.