Analogue Pocket is shipping December 13 but expect 'congestion'


If you need to postpone the delivery until after the holidays, there’s a way to do that

It took a while to get here, but as consumer electronics are delayed left and right due to supply-chain shortages and other complications, the Analogue Pocket is finally upon us. The most recent delay pushed this cool cartridge-playing retro gaming handheld to December, and now we’ve got a final date: it’s shipping on December 13, 2021.

But when will folks with a pre-order actually receive their Pocket?

Citing a situation with “unprecedented shipping congestion,” Analogue says that deliveries should happen anywhere from December 14–30. If that’s going to be tricky with holiday plans you might already have, including out-of-state travel, there’s a solution.

As long as you contact support by November 28, you can request a “hold” on your Analogue Pocket over the holidays and instead have it shipped on January 3, 2022.

Based on the new shipping timeline, if you want to “change your address, request a hold, or cancel your order,” you can do so by replying to today’s email from Analogue (that went out to everyone with a pre-order) or by separately emailing the support line.

With the Steam Deck and Playdate recently delayed to 2022, I genuinely thought that the Analogue Pocket would be next. Fans have had their patience tested enough.

Last we heard, a restock of the Analogue Pocket and its accessories will take place “after the holiday season.” It’ll be nice to have another round of orders once these handhelds are in people’s hands and we’ve heard their impressions. I’m sure they’ll go fast either way.