Monday, September 12, 2016

Pokémon Go Plus to be released Sept. 16, but is it worth your money?

Pokemon Go Plus, the famous game's companion device is set to be released on September 16, 2016.

Finally, the wearable tech that Pokémon Go fans were promised almost a year ago after the game has been launched will be released on September 16, 2016.

A lot of people, avid fans, and critics alike have had issues with the need to keep oneself pinned to the phone’s screen while playing Pokémon Go. For one, it has put many people to danger and has even caused the accidents of some.

Pokémon Go Plus is the game’s companion device designed to enable players to play Pokémon Go with minimal screen interaction. The design of the device is a cross between Google map’s pin and the Poké ball which can either be worn around the wrist (similar to a watch) or pinned to clothes. It can also be stuffed in one’s pocket (preferably, chest pocket).

The Pokémon Go Plus device connects to the phone (and the game) through a low-energy Bluetooth technology (Bluetooth® Smart) that is utilized by health and fitness gadgets and devices.

What the $35-device does is it allows one to catch nearby Pokémons that you already previously caught with just a touch of a button. Similarly, you can just press the device’s button to collect resources from a PokéStop.

Whenever a Pokémon or a PokéStop is nearby, the device lights up and vibrate. If it is a nearby Pokémon similar to one that you already caught, you will have a chance to catch it with just a push of a button. The device will light up notifying you if you successfully caught the Pokémon. The device lights up with a different color for a nearby Pokémon and PokéStop.

While the device allows you to play Pokémon Go and interact with the Pokémon World without having to gaze at your phone's screen constantly, it does not have much of an advantage, however.
It will allow a fast collection of resources from PokéStops since all you need to do is to press a button instead of having to open your phone, flip the PokéStop and manually collect the resources. Most probably, however, you will still check the app on the phone. After all, what good is a Pokémon game if you cannot see the Pokémon you are catching?

Besides catching Pokemon and completing the Pokédex, another great thing about the game is Pokémon Battle. Currently, there is no information whether the device lights up or vibrates whenever there is a nearby gym.

Until the device is officially released and properly evaluated, the best guess for it is that it is only useful as a companion device. The quality of the gaming experience, though can be enhanced by the device, still depends on playing the game through the app and the phone’s screen.

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