Today is also a big news day for Pokemon Go fans, as Niantic unveiled some new developments for aspiring Pokemon Masters: the Pokemon Go Plus wearable and an Apple Watch version of the game.
Pokemon Go Plus: A $35 Bluetooth Helper Device
Already two months late of its planned launch, the Pokemon Go Plus is a wrist-mounted wearable with a Bluetooth sensor that vibrates and lights up when Pokemon and Pokestops are nearby. Wow, that’s cute.
Clicking on the Plus wearable allows the player to collect items from the Pokestop with time-saving ease. The player can also catch Pokemon with it, although details aren’t exactly clear on the method: “If there’s nearby Pokémon hiding in your area you’ll be alerted with lights and vibrations; catch the Pokémon with a button on Pokémon GO Plus and then continue on your way (later, you can check your Journal to see which Pokémon you’ve just caught).”
Does that mean you can catch Pokemon with only one button, allowing you to disregard the game’s ball-throwing mechanics? What the pay-to-wi…
The Pokemon Go Plus wrist device will be available on September 16, a week from now, in most countries. $35 is the asking price, according to The Verge.
Pokemon Go on the Apple Watch: Same Functionality as the Plus?
Similar (if not exactly like) the Pokemon Go Plus wearable, the Apple Watch version of Pokemon Go will alert players on nearby Pokemon and Pokestops. It will also come with a slew of features available in the smartphone version. Interestingly enough, the player’s fitness info will also be provided for by the Apple wearable.
Pokemon Go’s Apple Watch app is expected to launch later this year.