We’ve been waiting what feels like forever, but Nintendo and Niantic have finally announced the release date for Pokémon GO Plus, the nifty little wearable device that will make playing Pokémon GO even easier (and probably more addictive). The good news – it’s really not too far away!
Launching in Australia and New Zealand from September 16, the wristwatch-like device connects via Bluetooth low energy to your smartphone (yes, both Android and iPhone). Once it’s hooked up, the device will vibrate and flash green when a Pokémon is nearby – or blink and vibrate when you are in range of a PokéStop. Simply press the button on the device to throw a PokéBall or collect items, and you’re good to go – all without looking at your smartphone. (If you are successful at catching the Pokémon, the device will flash and vibrate once more.)
The best bit about all of this – you can leave Pokémon GO running in the background on your smartphone, and still catch ’em all.
But there’s a slight catch: The device cannot track distance, so no matter how far you walk while wearing it, you won’t hatch any eggs (or earn any candy). Also, if you’re using incense, any Pokémon you attract will not show up on the device (which makes sense, really).
Support for the device will roll out via an in-game update, with the following compatible operating systems:
Compatible OS versions: iOS 8 – 9
Compatible with: iPhone® 5/5c/5s/SE/6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus
Compatible OS versions: Android 4.4 – 6.0
Compatible with: Android 4.4 or higher that have Bluetooth® Smart（Bluetooth v4.0 or higher) capability and RAM2GB or more.
Would you like to know more? Point your social media to Nintendo Australia’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (or the Pokémon GO website) for more details on when – and where – Pokémon GO Plus can be purchased when it launches in the region on September 16.