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Playdate: The New Handheld Video Game System

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, May 23, 2019.

  1. Melody Bot

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    Panic, a company known for their Mac and iOS software, has announced the Playdate, a new handheld video game system:

    Playdate is both very familiar, and totally new. It’s yellow, and fits perfectly in a pocket. It has a black-and-white screen with high reflectivity, a crystal-clear image, and no backlight. And of course, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, and a headphone jack. But it also has a crank. Yes, a crank: a cute, rotating analog controller that flips out from the side.

    It also includes a full season of original games, at no extra charge, delivered each week to the system — games in all sorts of genres that are all hopefully surprises.

    This looks adorable. Panic is a Portland based company that has their office not that far from where I live; I walk by their customizable sign all the time. The company is also one of the main reasons I started using a Mac after discovering their editor Coda, which was basically revolutionary to me at the time. This little video game system looks like a whole lot of fun and I wish them the best of luck.

  2. justin.

    Trusted Supporter

    Immediately signed up to be notified when this goes on sale. This looks fun.
  3. transrebel59


    Fun fact: the actual console was designed by Teenage Engineering.
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  5. ComedownMachine

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    Yeah this is what sold me on it
  6. CyberInferno

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    I'm intrigued, but $149 is a decently expensive gamble. I'll check out reviews though, and I'll probably wait until all 12 games are out before I really consider buying since there's no guarantee that another game will be released for the platform.

    I did subscribe to their announcements though.
  7. transrebel59


    This is going to sell out before release. They're making it very limited. It's supposed to be more of a weird collector's piece. These are going to go for a lot on eBay even if the games suck and even more if the games are good.