It’s just a feel-bad situation all around
No one can fault Analogue Pocket admirers for growing impatient, and with the current state of the world, venting frustrations about a pre-order that still hasn’t come to fruition might feel like yelling into the void. The latest update on the “when will it ship?” front was shared this morning on Twitter and via email to customers with pre-orders placed:
“Pocket pre-orders will be shipping at the latest in December. Unfortunately, due to new Covid restrictions with our assembly partners, their capacity to deliver within our agreed timeframe has been affected. This has created a domino effect of delays beyond our control in what would otherwise be a seamless process.”
Setting more expectations for 2021:
“Pocket will have some hands-on features and reviews coming before it ships. After the holiday season, Pocket and all accessories will be restocked and shipping immediately.”
So, December. Hopefully. Admittedly though, after multiple false starts, it’s probably best to expect nothing until the literal “Your Analogue order has shipped!” email pops up. Even then, I don’t know. Shipping, in general, is going to be a mess the rest of this year.
One of these days, folks are going to get to take their Game Boy, Game Boy Color, GBA, and other assorted titles for a spin on a fancy new modern handheld device, and I truly hope it was worth the wait. The Pocket looks sick. While I’ve gotten other Analogue retro-revival consoles, I’m not as much of a handheld player, and that was one big, tempting, potentially financially out-of-control rabbit hole I wasn’t willing to go down.
“We understand how frustrating this is,” said Analogue. “It’s very frustrating for us, too. We are excited to get these amazing devices in your hands as soon as possible.”