Preorders for retro-inspired Playdate gaming console have opened

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Preorders for upcoming $179 handhold gaming console Playdate, created by iOS and macOS developer Panic, have officially opened.

Credit: Playdate
Credit: Playdate


Customers can preorder Playdate consoles as of 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. Eastern) on Thursday, July 27. Consoles will cost $179, which includes the first season of 24 original games delivered weekly. Although game lengths vary, the catalog will range across a variety of genres.

The Playdate store is now open. https://t.co/CqQxx6o42l pic.twitter.com/rQjxW8byYD

— Playdate (@playdate)


Announced in May 2019, Playdate attracted attention for its quirky, retro-inspired design. It features a 2.7-inch black-and-white display, a headphone jack, and a small crank that is used to control gameplay. Along with the retro touches, Playdate also includes modern features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality, as well as a USB-C port.

In addition to Panic's own first-party games, the developer is also going to release an SDK allowing third parties to create their own titles for the platform.

Panic is a macOS and iOS developer known for games such as Transmit and Coda.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    blokeyblokey Posts: 2member
    Its now sold out, and they locked out anyone ordering from the Uk by not including England as a country.
    Facepalm.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 467member, editor
    blokey said:
    Its now sold out, and they locked out anyone ordering from the Uk by not including England as a country.
    Facepalm.
    Dang, they went through those preorders fast… 20K units out of the gate. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,755member
    blokey said:
    Its now sold out, and they locked out anyone ordering from the Uk by not including England as a country.
    Facepalm.
    It's not sold out and you can ship to the UK.

    Apparently there was an issue: 
    michelb76watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    ikirikir Posts: 111member
    blokey said:
    Its now sold out, and they locked out anyone ordering from the Uk by not including England as a country.
    Facepalm.
    Try again, it was a issue with server under overload.
    michelb76watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    ikirikir Posts: 111member
    crowley said:
    blokey said:
    Its now sold out, and they locked out anyone ordering from the Uk by not including England as a country.
    Facepalm.
    It's not sold out and you can ship to the UK.

    Apparently there was an issue: 
    Now it is sold out. Next units in 2022.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 467member, editor
    blokey said:
    Its now sold out, and they locked out anyone ordering from the Uk by not including England as a country.
    Facepalm.
    Yeah, Panic has talked about this. Their international shipping provider’s plugin stopped working which blocked many from getting orders in. Or those that did go in had their orders fail. Panic is trying to decide how best to deal with those international orders that were impacted. Obviously they can’t just magically get more units to appear sooner and it wouldn’t be fair to delay others who believed they had their order in on time. Not a fun situation for Panic, but I really feel they tried.
    michelb76watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    When did Transmit the FTP/WebDAV/file transfer app, and Coda, the web development editor app, become games? I must have missed that...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,755member
    suednimh said:
    When did Transmit the FTP/WebDAV/file transfer app, and Coda, the web development editor app, become games? I must have missed that...
    Firewatch
    StrangeDaysmichelb76watto_cobra
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