Are you still playing Pokémon Go? Yeah, me neither. But if you are, then hey, good news, the Pokémon Go Plus accessory is coming out next Friday, September 16th, as stated on the game’s official site. In case you forgot, the Plus is a wrist-mounted device that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and syncs up with your Pokémon Go app. When you pass a PokéStop, the Plus will vibrate and light up, and by pushing the button, you can collect the items from the PokéStop without having to take out your phone. You’ll also be alerted to nearby Pokémon with a different color light, and can throw PokéBalls by pushing the button, though you’ll need to actually open the app to see what you caught. It’s unknown whether the app actually has to be open and running in order for the Plus to work, or if you can put your phone to sleep and still use it. Hopefully it’s the latter, otherwise this seems kind of superfluous. The Plus will be out in most countries on the 16th, and later in the year in some South American territories.
It’s a shame the plus missed its original July release date, because back in July, people were still playing Pokémon Go. Maybe the Plus, plus the new buddy system coming soon, will reinvigorate the game a bit, but even if it does, I don’t see it lasting very long.