Pokémon Go Plus Launches September 16

Pokémon Go Plus Launches September 16

Pokémon Go Plus – a small wearable device, that lets players interact with the monster-catching augmented reality hit without the use of their phone – will launch in New Zealand on September 16.

Here’s the rundown, from an official press release:

Compatible with both iOS and Android, Pokémon GO Plus connects to smartphones via Bluetooth low energy and notifies players about nearby Pokémon and PokéStops. When a Pokémon is near, the device will vibrate and its LED will flash green. Players can press the button on the device once close to throw a Poké Ball. A successful catch will result in the device flashing and vibrating.

The device will also blink and vibrate when you’re near a PokeStop, letting you get your goodies with a simple tap of a button on the device.

The peripheral is set to cost $35 USD, according to Polygon. We’ll update this story when New Zealand pricing becomes available.



 

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Comments Comments (6)

 
Posted by AdamC
On Friday 9 Sep 2016 8:53 AM
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Wouldn't just pressing a button on the watch without seeing what you are catching just make it the ultimate boring grind? mindlessly pushing a button when it vibrates?
I could be wrong but that does not seem like a fun way to play a game.
 
 
 
Posted by czk51
On Friday 9 Sep 2016 11:38 AM
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9 September 2016, 08:53 AM Reply to AdamC
Wouldn't just pressing a button on the watch without seeing what you are catching just make it the ultimate boring grind? mindlessly pushing a button when it vibrates?
I could be wrong but that does not seem like a fun way to play a game.
honestly id prefer that to having to go through the motions now. yeah it's a grind, no doubt. I only wonder if something 3rd party will be introduced, preferably an app that can use the same functionality but live on your phone.
 
 
 
Posted by temungbean
On Friday 9 Sep 2016 11:39 AM
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All good and all until you get home and you've caught 20 Pidgeys. I find just walking with my phone in my hoodie pocket or just holding it down to my side, waiting for it to vibrate, works just fine.

You can tell already that this will sell well, kids will love it. But it does seem like a waste of money on a gimmicky device.
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Friday 9 Sep 2016 11:48 AM
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How would you even know what your catching or what level they were? This doesn't seem like it was well thought out.
 
 
 
Posted by guido
On Friday 9 Sep 2016 12:43 PM
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Really what it needs to do is buzz when a Pokémon is nearby so you know to get your phone out to catch it and have basic pedometer functionality so it hatches eggs without the app being open and be about half that price. Having it do everything seems super reductive to the point of the "game" almost vanishing completely??
 
 
 
Posted by ninja
On Friday 9 Sep 2016 12:54 PM
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Would be better if it also had the ability to hatch eggs also