Dedicated wearable device Pokemon Go Plus to be launched Sept 16

Called the Pokemon Go Plus, the device resembles a wristwatch and connects to players' mobile phones via Bluetooth.
Called the Pokemon Go Plus, the device resembles a wristwatch and connects to players' mobile phones via Bluetooth.PHOTO: POKEMONGO.COM

Pokemon Go will be launched on a dedicated wearable device next Friday (Sept 16), game developer Niantic said in a press release on Wednesday (Sept 7).

Called Pokemon Go Plus, the device resembles a wristwatch and connects to players' mobile phones via Bluetooth.

It lights up and vibrates to tell users when there are Pokemon or PokeStops nearby.

A click of a button is all it takes to collect PokeStop items or capture the Pokemon.

Niantic said this eliminates the need to take the phone out of the pocket or look at smartphone screens continuously while playing the game.

The press release added that the Pokemon Go Plus device will be available "in most countries" next Friday, and later in the year in parts of South America.

While a device just for Pokemon Go sounds good, the announcement of the gadget's launch date may have found itself overshadowed by news of brand new Apple products like the iPhone 7.

The new Apple Watch series also came out on Wednesday (US time), and Apple, Nintendo and Niantic also announced that Pokemon Go will be playable on the smart watch by the end of September.