After being delayed in July, Pokémon Go Plus will be available for purchase next week. The official release date is now September 16. If you are intent on catching ’em all, you’re definitely going to need this little gadget. Niantic has filled us in on all the details of the device and it’s a must-have for serious players.
Pokémon Go Plus is a wearable device that alerts users when they are near a Pokémon or PokéStop by vibrating and lighting up. With the Pokémon Go Plus device, users can catch Pokémon and collect items while staying aware of their surroundings.
According to Niantic:
“Pokémon GO Plus is a companion device that connects to your phone over Bluetooth® Smart (the Bluetooth low energy connection designed for health and fitness applications), allowing you to keep your phone in your pocket and go about your day-to-day activities while still being able to collect valuable resources and capture even the most elusive Pokémon. We’ve been testing it here at Niantic and we love the way it allows you to blend Pokémon GO even more seamlessly into family and fitness activities. Now you’ll be able to play and enjoy your walk, run, hike, park trips or visits to the library without having to look at your screen all the time.”
Now this is the interesting part, apparently you can catch Pokémon without even looking at your phone. Your Pokémon Go Plus will light up and you just have to push a button and you’ve caught yourself a Pokémon. You can look at your journal to see which Pokémon you’ve caught. This is going to change everything.
Here’s how it works:
“As you pass by a PokéStop, Pokémon GO Plus will vibrate and light up and alert you to the location. You’ll even be able to collect new items just by clicking the Pokémon GO Plus. 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).”
Pokémon Go Plus is definitely going to be a game changer. Is it September 16th yet?