Having begun testing in August, Pokémon Go’s new nearby system—which actually works—is finally rolling out to select users around the world.
It only kicks in if you’re near a Pokéstop. Instead of just saying a Pokémon is nearby...somewhere, the new system shows a little image of which Pokéstop it’s closest to, which lets you zero in on a location and actually find it, instead or aimlessly wandering for blocks before it disappears.
The new system is live for users in the following locations:
- United States of America: All states west of the Mississippi River (except Hawaii and Alaska)
- Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the western half of Ontario.
- Australia: All states and territories
Given that’s a pretty big group of people, you’d hope/expect it will roll out everywhere else in the very near future.
Of course, how useful this is will depend on how many Pokéstops are close to your house/school/work. Good luck with it!