The small Playdate handheld gets a price increase, but doubles the games


Panic finally shares some more information about the delayed Playdate, the little yellow handheld with a crank. The quirky little gadget goes up in price and launches for $179 instead of $149, but the first “season” of games that will roll out to the Playdate over time will double from 12 to 24. The device also has 4 GB of storage instead of 2 GB.

The company is also announcing a Playdate Update video set for June 8 at noon ET, where it will share news, take a look at games coming to the device, and pre-order information. The company says pre-orders won’t increase immediately after the update, so don’t worry if you can’t see the show live. You can check out the 15 minute Playdate update at Panic’s YouTube Channel.

Panic first announced the Playdate in 2019 with an expected ship date of early 2020, but that date eventually shifted to 2020 and then 2021. The handheld was designed in collaboration with Swedish hardware company Teenage Engineering, and you can look forward to games from reputable indie developers love Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi and Good Sudoku creator Zach Gage. Personally, I can’t wait to see what developers do with that crank.