Your summary of technical news, through the DGiT Daily technical bulletin, Tuesday July 28.
1. Analogue Pocket: why and what gives?
Last year the Analogue Pocket was announced for 2020, uh, well now it’s coming in 2021 due to supply chain issues in our world.
Now we know it’s going to be $ 200, and it’ll either blow your mind or it’s a curiosity: why would someone pay $ 199 for a portable console that only plays old games?
Well my friends, let’s take a look.
What it is:
- Analogue is a longtime handheld console maker, delivering retro gaming in pretty good looking hardware.
- Where it is smart is its use of FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) chips. This means that the hardware emulation is used as an all-in-one retro device that can play Game Boy, Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Atari Lynx games, with an adapter required for the last three.
- The device itself is a 3.5-inch 665ppi LCD display, with Gorilla Glass protection, USB-C charging, and a 4300mAh battery with between 6-10 hours of playback. There’s multiplayer, wireless play, a hard case, and more.
- So this screen is about 10 times more pixels than the Game Boy, and there is a visual experience customization called “ Original Display Modes, ” which mimic the display profiles of some devices, as well. that oddities, warts and everything. In addition, rare vertical games can be played.
- The Pocket Analogue will launch for $ 199.99, while the optional docking station for you to play games on your TV will be $ 99.
Why is this important:
- The Pocket Analogue will probably be quite nice, but you can still buy some working Gameboys, and it’s not exactly an extremely hot market.
- But older games still matter, many of which are timeless and only dated to screen resolution rather than the gameplay itself.
- The real winner here is that the Pocket uses an FPGA chip for hardware emulation, which means games running on it don’t use software emulation.
- The reason that matters is that it recreates the console experience perfectly, including the same twitches and glitches like random slowdowns during big moments and micro-buttons.
- It’s weird, but when old games run too fast they don’t feel right, and it’s an experience shared by casuals and retro hardcore gamers.
- For $ 200, open your game world to games like Link’s Awakening, Golden Sun titles, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Super Mario Land 1, 2,3, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (!), And good ol ‘Mario Golf: Advance Tour and countless Pokemon games make perfect sense for you and you will pre-order, or enjoy keeping the $ 200 you set aside for technology and gaming devices for modern games.
- For me? That’s a soft no, considering it’s hard to get your hands on cartridges, but I like what I see.
- Hopefully the Pocket can live up to being a quality new device for those who have already broken that pre-order button.
2. Xiaomi is considering the possibility of storing headphones in your smartphone. Nice idea, another example of innovation, but not sure it will go anywhere (Android Authority).
3. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 Leaked In Handy Video: Watch It Here! (Android Authority).
4. Google officially extends its domestic policy work to July 2021. Since Google has, you know, some data, it’s significant (Android Authority).
5. Quick Charge 5: Qualcomm’s 100W + charge will drop from 0 to 50% in 5 minutes (Android Authority).
6. The Alexa app, a hot mess, has now been redesigned. Interestingly, third-party voice apps were dropped in order, which means Amazon is reporting “ skills ” are struggling (TechCrunch).
7. Rumors: New Intel iMac coming this week, unlikely redesign (9to5Mac).
8. Big leadership upheavals at Intel in response to huge delays: Dr Murthy Renduchintala will leave, Dr Ann Kelleher will lead the push for 7nm and 5nm processes (Engadget).
9. A cyberattack on Garmin disrupted more than just training sessions: aviation services, flight planning and mapping (Wired).
10. Vertical farms could produce all the wheat we need, but at extremely high energy cost and with many unanswered questions (Earther).
11. Lollapalooza 2020 is broadcasting a four-day special this year for free on YouTube (YouTube).
12. Google is building a new private submarine cable between Europe and the United States (TechCrunch).
13. The autonomous Airbus aircraft has just successfully completed the taxi, take-off and landing tests (Business Insider).
14. “Has anyone else spent hours on their phone going from app to app and trying to find something to do without doing anything?” Is this the new normal? (r / nostupidquestions).
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Source: Android Authority