Folks have been having a lot of fun with Pokémon Go lately, but one part of the Pokémon hunting experience that maybe not everyone enjoys is having to stare at your smartphone screen the whole time. The Pokémon Go Plus will change that, but unfortunately for all of the Pokémon trainers out there, that accessory has been delayed.
Nintendo announced today that the Pokémon Go Plus will now launch in September in both the U.S. and Europe. The device was expected to launch at the end of July, but it’s been pushed back for undisclosed reasons. Pricing for the Pokémon Go Plus is $34.99.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Pokémon Go Plus, it’s a small accessory that comes attached to a bracelet but you can also clip it to your clothes. When connected to your phone, the Pokémon Go Plus will flash when you’re near a Pokémon. You can then press the button on the Pokémon Go Plus to throw a Poké Ball and try to catch the Pokémon. If you’re successful, the Pokémon Go Plus will flash and vibrate. The Pokémon Go Plus will also flash and vibrate when you pass a PokéStop.
In addition to letting you go about your life without staring at your smartphone and watching for Pokémon, the Pokémon Go Plus could also help you to save battery life. The Pokémon Go app is a bit of a battery guzzler, but if you’re using the Pokémon Go Plus to hunt for Pokémon, you may not be reaching for the charger as often since your phone’s screen won’t always be on.
Are you playing Pokémon Go? If so, are you going to buy a Pokémon Go Plus?