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Analogue Pocket’s first big update is finally coming in July as a beta

The highly anticipated Analogue Pocket 1.1 update finally arrives in July, Analogue announced in a short blog post on Friday

The Analog Pocket OS v1.1 release will include beta versions of the library, memory and FPGA development features, according to the blog post. You can read more about the first two features in our October article; the library becomes a huge historical archive about retro games, while Memories lets you capture and load save states and take screenshots.

It seems that developers can take advantage of Analogue’s second field-programmable gate array (FPGA) with the development feature. “Pocket is designed to make developing and porting FPGA cores as simple as possible”, Analog says on its website† “We’ve added a second dedicated FPGA just for developers to develop and port their own cores. Developers can interact with Analog OS: Library, Memories and Tools. And to Pocket hardware, I/Os and scalers.”

At the time of the retro handheld’s launch in December, Analogue told polygon that the update was supposed to arrive in January, but now the company says a beta of the update will arrive six months later. It’s not clear what the delay has been or when Analogue expects 1.1 to be out of beta. Analog CEO and founder Christopher Taber did not immediately respond to requests for clarification.

Even without the features arriving with v1.1, the Analogue Pocket is still an impressive device, with my colleague Andrew Webster saying that “the Pocket breathes new life into old games by showing them at their best” in his review. But if you don’t already own one of the handhelds, you may have to wait a while to get it. The next set of pre-orders (Group B) is scheduled for Q4, and if you pre-order a Pocket straight awayyou won’t get it until sometime in 2023.

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