High-end retro console maker Analogue has delayed the launch of the Pocket, the sleek Game Boy-like laptop, until October. The company cited the global semiconductor shortage and logistics problems – there spring the very large ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week that disrupted international shipping – for the delay.
The analogue pocket was previously released for release in May.
“The current global situation continues to create supply chain challenges beyond our control,” Analogue said in a statement posted on the support website. Component shortages and supply chain problems have contributed to “a domino effect of challenges for almost everyone in the industry,”
The company promised that it “works hard to get Pocket out as quickly as possible.”
Analog issued a similar statement when it delayed Pocket last year. In July, the company said that problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic were responsible for Pocket slipping from the end of 2020 to May 2021. Analog opened pre-orders for Pocket in August, and was quickly sold out.
In February, Analogue said it was planning to make more Pocket handhelds to meet demand.
On Twitter, Analogue said they will soon be filling out the other sold-out consoles. The company expects to have stock of its Super Nt (Super NES clone) in April. Analogos Mega Sg (the Sega Genesis clone) and DAC (its digital-to-analog signal converter) will be replenished “shortly after”, the company said.
Analog announced Pocket in October 2019. The portable device will play Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games, as well as Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lynx and Sega Game Gear games through cartridge adapters.