Playdate handheld game console preorders start July 29

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Playdate, the quirky handheld console announced more than two years ago, finally gears up for preorders in late July.




Panic, a developer known for macOS and iOS apps like Transmit and Coda, has announced that preorders for the Playdate handheld gaming system will begin on July 29, at 1:00 pm Eastern/10:00 am Pacific time.

In just one week, it's time to pre-order your Playdate.

Join us on Thursday, July 29th 2021, at 10:00 AM PDT. pic.twitter.com/WXWVBZvUI1

-- Playdate (@playdate)


Playdate was originally announced in May of 2019 and quickly attracted attention for its unique design. It features a retro-futuristic 2.7-inch 400-by-240 pixel reflective black-and-white display joined by more modern components like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications and a USB-C port.

A headphone jack and speaker are incorporated into the tiny, yellow, square-shaped device measuring less than three inches on each side.

It also boasts something wholly unique to the device -- a small crank with a handle that fits into a recess in the chassis housing.

Once you receive the Playdate, you'll get two brand new games every week for twelve weeks, meaning the device will provide 24 free games. The developers note that individual games will vary in length, and the catalog of games will span plenty of genres.

The developers also plan on releasing more games per "season," which suggests that the developers will expect users to subscribe to a gaming service. There is no word on what a potential season pass could cost.

The Playdate team will release the SDK, allowing enterprising users to develop their own Playdate games. They will also be providing users with the Pulp game maker, which only requires a web browser. According to the website, side-loading games directly onto the Playdate is easy, too.

Playdate Cover
Playdate Cover


Also announced are two accessories for the Playdate. The first is dubbed the Playdate Cover, a $29 cover that magnetically attaches to the Playdate to protect the screen when in transport.

Playdate Stereo Dock
Playdate Stereo Dock


The second is the Playdate Stereo Dock, a desktop Bluetooth speaker that charges the Playdate. It also features two spots for holding pens, including a pen provided by Playdate. There's no word on the price or when the Playdate Stereo Dock will be released.

If you're interested in ordering your own Playdate, the preorders will start on July 29. You can head to the Playdate website and sign up to be notified when the preorders go live.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,698member
    Oh dear, those screws don’t look like this thing is user serviceable. Let’s hope the RAM can be upgraded.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 13
    ravnorodomravnorodom Posts: 334member
    What were they thinking? The games are all black and white like going back to the old GameBoy day? The device: who are they targeting consider everyone owns a smart phone with 3D/color games now a day? I don't understand where this device is fitting in today's market. It's cute BUT....
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 13
    OctoMonkeyOctoMonkey Posts: 181member
    Hmmm...  both of my kids have a BittBoy for playing retro games.  At $179, the price is rather steep too.

    I am not sure what problem this device is trying to solve, or what niche it is trying to fill.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 13
    I probably shouldn't be divulging this publicly, but this is actually an Apple device! It's a prototype of what the iPhone will look like after the right to repair laws are passed..
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 13
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 790member
    Hmmm...  both of my kids have a BittBoy for playing retro games.  At $179, the price is rather steep too.

    I am not sure what problem this device is trying to solve, or what niche it is trying to fill.
    Ars has a much longer (p)review that may explain it better.

    https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/07/playdate-preview-you-wont-believe-how-fun-this-dorky-179-game-system-is/
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 13
    michelb76michelb76 Posts: 259member
    Most exiting device I've been waiting for in a while! Can't wait to play with it develop something on it.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 13
    rgh71rgh71 Posts: 120member
    michelb76 said:
    Most exiting device I've been waiting for in a while! Can't wait to play with it develop something on it.
    Ha ha, yeah right!
  • Reply 8 of 13
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,252member
    I thought it was super cute when it was announced, but it's taken way too long between announcement and bringing it to market.  I'll wait for reviews.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 13
    Eric_WVGGEric_WVGG Posts: 897member
    Hmmm...  both of my kids have a BittBoy for playing retro games.  At $179, the price is rather steep too.

    I am not sure what problem this device is trying to solve, or what niche it is trying to fill.
    What were they thinking? The games are all black and white like going back to the old GameBoy day? The device: who are they targeting consider everyone owns a smart phone with 3D/color games now a day? I don't understand where this device is fitting in today's market. It's cute BUT....
    This is the indie videogame equivalent of a limited edition vinyl being released by some band you've never heard of. It's hipster silliness. In fact, the manufacturer — Teenage Engineering — is renowned for their extremely weird and niche electronics.

    It's fine if you've never heard of people like Cable Sasser, Lucas Pope, or Keita Takahashi. Those of us who have can barely contain our excitement.

    Not everything is trying to sell ten million units or be a mainstream success. This is just a weird little device for indie game fanatics. 
    ravnorodomwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 13
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 764member
    What were they thinking? The games are all black and white like going back to the old GameBoy day? The device: who are they targeting consider everyone owns a smart phone with 3D/color games now a day? I don't understand where this device is fitting in today's market. It's cute BUT....
    Retro is the new new mannnnn.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 13
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,252member
    Eric_WVGG said:
    Hmmm...  both of my kids have a BittBoy for playing retro games.  At $179, the price is rather steep too.

    I am not sure what problem this device is trying to solve, or what niche it is trying to fill.
    What were they thinking? The games are all black and white like going back to the old GameBoy day? The device: who are they targeting consider everyone owns a smart phone with 3D/color games now a day? I don't understand where this device is fitting in today's market. It's cute BUT....
    This is the indie videogame equivalent of a limited edition vinyl being released by some band you've never heard of. It's hipster silliness. In fact, the manufacturer — Teenage Engineering — is renowned for their extremely weird and niche electronics.

    It's fine if you've never heard of people like Cable Sasser, Lucas Pope, or Keita Takahashi. Those of us who have can barely contain our excitement.

    Not everything is trying to sell ten million units or be a mainstream success. This is just a weird little device for indie game fanatics. 
    Lucas Pope is involved?  Interest re-established!
  • Reply 12 of 13
    techconctechconc Posts: 157member
    Look, I wish the fine folks at Panic the best of luck with this device, but... honestly, this just looks like an incredibly bad idea to me.  I honestly hope I'm wrong for their sake because I like the company.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 13
    ravnorodomravnorodom Posts: 334member
    techconc said:
    Look, I wish the fine folks at Panic the best of luck with this device, but... honestly, this just looks like an incredibly bad idea to me.  I honestly hope I'm wrong for their sake because I like the company.
    I love Transmit from Panic. It's my go to FTP application. Unfortunately Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive... etc is taking over FTP. I think Panic is panically looking for backup plan. I wish their luck also on this new concept.
    watto_cobra
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