New Game Boy Adds Email; New Camera

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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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).

Preliminary Specs:

  • 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.

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