Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
Game Boy Advance (a temporary name) is a new version of the company’s handheld gaming device due to be released in Japan in August 2000. The new version features a 32-bit RISC CPU developed by Cambridge, UK based ARM corporation (of Newton MessagePad fame).
- CPU: Memory embedded 32-bit RISC CPU (CPU core design by ARM)
- LCD: Reflective TFT Color LCD
- Display Size: 40.8mm x 61.2mm
- Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
- Maximum colors to be displayed simultaneously: 65,000
- Size: Approximately Height 80mm / Width 135mm / Depth 25mm
- Weight: Approximately 140g
- Power Supply: 2 AA Alkaline batteries
- Battery life: 20 hours continuous play
- Launch date: August 2000 in Japan, Christmas 2000 in North America and Europe
- Suggested Retail Price: To be announced
More interesting is the development of a PCS phone in Japan for email and multi-player gaming, from the press release:
In addition to sporting a powerful 32-bit CPU, Game Boy Advance will be able to connect to a cellular phone (or a PHS phone in Japan) to access the Internet, thus allowing users to download game software, participate in multi-player games, chat and exchange E-mail. Using a planned digital camera accessory (not the existing Game Boy Camera), a game player would actually be able to see the face of the person they are playing against.