Pokémon Go's 'Nearby' Feature Is Now Actually Useful

Having begun testing in August, Pokémon Go’s new nearby system—which actually works—is finally rolling out to select users around the world.

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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!

Thanks for the image, W Gray!

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