A solid two months after the game’s initial release, the wearable tech add-on for Pokemon Go is finally set to hit stores.
The $35 accessory is a wristband that you can pair with your phone and use to play Pokemon Go without always having to be staring at your phone. It will light up and vibrate when you are near a Pokestop and also alert players to nearby Pokemon, allowing them to press a button to catch it. It doesn’t seem to act as a pedometer to track walking distance, and it’s unclear how it will affect catch rates. Players who have managed to get to Level 20 and above will have noticed that even the weakest, most common Pokemon often take multiple Pokeballs to catch, if they don’t run away completely. Will the Pokemon Go Plus help that? Who knows.
Here’s how it works, according to Niantic:
As you pass by a PokéStop, Pokémon GO Plus will vibrate and light up and alert you to the location. You’ll even be able to collect new items just by clicking the Pokémon GO Plus. If there’s nearby Pokémon hiding in your area you’ll be alerted with lights and vibrations; catch the Pokémon with a button on Pokémon GO Plus and then continue on your way (later, you can check your Journal to see which Pokémon you’ve just caught).
Apple just announced that Pokemon Go will be coming to the Apple Watch in the near future, so if you own one of those, you probably don’t need to bother with the Pokemon Go Plus. However, at just $35, maybe this wearable accessory is a good investment to feed your Pokemon Go addictions.