Panic’s Playdate handheld will be streamers-ready when it launches sometime this year

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We are still waiting for a release date for the Playdate, a small handheld with a crank made by Untitled Goose Game publisher Panic, but Panic just showed a new function for the device on the official Playdate Twitter account: you can connect the Playdate to your computer and mirror the screen.

As Playdate says in its tweet, there are many potential use cases for this, including better accessibility and making it easier to stream your Playdate gameplay. And when you press the virtual buttons in the Playdate app, they will be sent back to your Playdate device, so you can play your games in a different way. (It doesn’t look like there is a virtual pendulum, but maybe that’s something Panic hasn’t shown yet.)

Here’s a short video of the computer connection in action:

While the Playdate computer app may look a bit small in this video, you can make it bigger, Panic said in a reply on TwitterAnd if you listen to the video carefully, you can also hear some extremely charming sound effects from the Playdate menu, which Panic says are new

The Playdate was first revealed in 2019, with games in development from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, Good Sudoku developer Zach Gage and more. At the time, Panic expected the Playdate to ship in early 2020, but said in October that it expects orders to start in “early 2021”.

Panic has also created a Twitter account, @playdateAlerts, which will only tweet if there is “important” news about the Playdate. If you want to know exactly when you can order the device, @playdateAlerts seems like a good account to follow.