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As part of the Pokemon 2019 press conference on Tuesday night, a wacky-sounding new Pokemon app called Pokemon Sleep was announced. Seriously. Alongside the reveal of a new mobile game called Pokemon Masters, the Pokemon Company and Nintendo revealed they are working together to try to “turn sleep into entertainment.”

Pokemon Sleep is launching in 2020, and The Pokemon Company joked that “several Snorlax were consulted on this.”

“Pokemon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay,” reads a line from the app’s official description.

More details about the specific functionality of the app are being saved for a later date. Sony’s Wake-Up Club for Vita comes to mind, however, as a gamified version of an alarm clock.

Pokemon Go Plus Plus

Nintendo is also working on a new peripheral called the Pokemon Go Plus Plus (not a typo). That is actually its name. The idea is that you’ll sleep with the new peripheral and it’ll monitor your sleep patterns, apparently. The device has an “embedded accelerometer” that can track how you sleep and then beam it to your phone.

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“This new device also has the same functions as the original Pokemon Go Plus, so Trainers can use it with Pokemon Go during the day and with Pokemon Sleep at night,” The Pokemon Company said.

While you have to wait a while longer to experience Pokemon Sleep, Pokemon Go is being updated to introduce some sleeping Snorlax for players to catch. Here is what the Plus Plus looks like:

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For more on the Pokemon 2019 Press Conference, check out the stories linked below:



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