The small yellow console with a CRANK that gives you a new surprise every week
- Panic unveiled its $ 149 console Playdate, which comes with 12 free games
- The games are offered as one & # 39; season & # 39; and are delivered one by one per week
- Has a 2.7-inch LCD screen that displays black and white, and a crank on the side
- It is designed to & # 39; complementary & # 39; to be used for smartphone or regular console gaming
A peculiar new console that is small enough to fit in your back pocket shakes up the patterns of mobile gaming.
Software company Panic, best known for the development of Mac apps and more recently as publisher of the popular indie game Firewatch, has raided hardware with a $ 149 handheld gaming device called Playdate.
It is equipped with 12 & # 39; surprise & # 39; games at no extra cost – but unlike other consoles with pre-loaded packages, Playdate & # 39; s will be delivered weekly over a 12-week period.
The small yellow box has a pendulum on the side that serves as a rotation controller and the LCD screen is only displayed in black and white.
Panic unveiled the device this week after four years of development and says it will be officially launched in 2020.
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Software company Panic, best known for the development of Mac apps and more recently as publisher of the popular indie game Firewatch, has raided hardware with a $ 149 handheld gaming device called Playdate. It comes with 12 games that are released weekly
WHAT IS PLAYDATE?
Playdate is a new handheld console from software company Panic.
The functions include:
- Directional path, A & B buttons, pause, rotation crank
- USB-C rechargeable
- WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
- One & # 39; season & # 39; of games (12) released weekly (single-player gaming from the start, with potential for head-to-head network play in the future)
- Titles from a lot of notable Indie game designers, including Keita Takahashi, Bennett Foddy, Shaun Inman and Zach Gage.
- Only black and white, 2.7-inch LCD Sharp display
Pre-orders for the $ 149 device are set to start at the end of 2019.
Today, most people use their smartphones to play games; according to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), 60 percent of adults now play this way.
But with tactile buttons, a fold-out crank and new games exclusively for the console, Panic wants to merge things together.
& # 39; We want to break people from their touch psychosis & # 39 ;, said Panic, Teenage Engineering designers, during development, the company said.
Playdate itself is a tiny console of 74 millimeters by 76 mm and only 9 mm thick.
It has a 2.7-inch LCD screen from Sharp, with a resolution of 400 by 240.
Although it only offers black and white, Panic says the screen & # 39; premium & # 39; is thanks to the ultra-sharp screen and the absence of grid lines.
However, there is no background lighting, so you have to sit by a lamp if you want to play in the dark.
Perhaps the most unique offer is the way it delivers games. According to Panic, all games made for Playdate will be a surprise.
That is, beyond the first title – Crankin & # 39; s Time Travel Adventure, by Keita Takahashi – that the company unveiled next week at the device.
When you purchase the device, you get a full & # 39; season & # 39; to games or 12 games weekly that are delivered via WiFi.
The yellow box has a pendulum on the side that serves as a rotation controller and the LCD screen is only displayed in black and white
& # 39; If the new game light is blinking, you never know what you are going to play & # 39 ;, Panic says.
Playdate & # 39; s first season offers titles from a host of other notable Indie game designers, including Bennett Foddy, Shaun Inman and Zach Gage.
Panic is targeted by the end of 2019 to start taking orders for the new console and expects to be shipped early 2020.
And although it cannot replace your Xbox or Nintendo Switch, it can be a welcome change from gaming with a touchscreen.
& # 39; Playdate is not trying to compete with the other devices that we already play and that we love. It is designed to be complementary, & the company says.
& # 39; It is designed to bring a shock of pleasure between the times you spend with your phone and your home console; something to fill the moments when you just want a game that you can pick up and play. & # 39;
When you purchase the device, you get a full & # 39; season & # 39; to games or 12 games weekly that are delivered via WiFi. & # 39; If the new game light is blinking, you never know what you are going to play & # 39 ;, Panic says
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