The Playdate, a new portable gaming device produced in Portland, Ore., will finally be available for pre-order next month. It will ship with twice as many exclusive games as were previously announced.
Panic, the company behind the Playdate, released the news as part of a pre-recorded broadcast on Tuesday morning, alongside a series of other announcements about the Playdate’s games library, its suite of developer resources, and the debut of a brand new accessory for the device.
The Playdate was originally announced in 2019 for a planned 2020 debut. It’s a deliberately retro device that calls to mind the original 1989 Game Boy, which combines ’80s-style graphics with modern content delivery. It runs 2-bit black-and-white games on a 2.7-inch unlit screen, with a special hand-crank controller built into the unit’s side.
Day 1 buyers of the Playdate are automatically signed up for a full “season” of exclusive games, which will be automatically downloaded onto the device every week for 12 weeks.
Pre-orders for the Playdate are planned to go live in July, with Panic promising to give one week’s warning before the actual date. The unit is currently priced at $179.99, which includes access to the first season of 24 games.
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