Playdate, the tiny handheld with a crank, is delayed to early 2021

You’ll have to wait a bit longer for Panic’s odd little handheld: In an replace printed immediately, the firm introduced that Playdate will slip from its unique 2020 window and now ship in early 2021.

The machine is the software program developer’s first piece of bodily {hardware}, a handheld with a distinctive crank alongside conventional buttons for controlling the machine. Teenage Engineering co-designed the Playdate and it bears lots of the firm’s minimalistic touches in a shiny, playful yellow.

Playdate with remaining packaging.
Image: Panic

Panic introduced in March that its workers was shifting to work at home and that the Malaysian manufacturing unit producing the Playdate had quickly shut down. The firm says adapting to these points in the end led to the resolution to push again the launch to 2021.

There’s excellent news alongside the delay, although. The {hardware} for the Playdate is finalized and permitted by the FCC, that means it may possibly head into manufacturing subsequent month. Additionally, the deliberate first season of video games for the handheld are locked and extra video games have been commissioned to be included as effectively.


The Playdate Simulator
Image: Panic

Panic additionally introduced Windows and Linux variations of the Playdate Simulator, a software program for designing video games and tinkering with the machine. Since the unique announcement of the handheld, Panic has claimed that each Playdate will double as a devkit, which implies that anybody can use the machine to develop and check video games. Since the Playdate has no storefront, Panic additionally intends for designers of video games to distribute them as they see match.

The Playdate will likely be $149 and out there at the official Playdate web site at launch. Panic says there’ll be 20,000 Playdate models out there to begin, which the firm believes needs to be sufficient to meet demand, and it’ll order extra batches after that. In the meantime, Panic suggests you sign-up for its mailing checklist so you may know as quickly as the Playdate is out there for buy. While you wait, you may try our early take a look at the machine from final 12 months and begin imagining all the methods you’ll use that crank.


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