Playdate is a handheld game console to be launched by Panic in the United States. It will start accepting pre-orders in July and may begin shipping later this year. The device will provide two new games every week for the first season, but you won’t know what you will get until the games arrive. Panic originally planned to play one game per week, but recently announced a decision to double the number-so the first season will have 24 different games in 12 weeks instead of 12 games. Panic also released a series of other announcements about the first season of Playdate.

The ancient Mac and iOS software company Panic priced the retro-style Playdate at US$179 (approximately Rs 13,060), with a crank and a non-backlit black and white screen. It will include the complete first season game lineup at no additional cost.

Panic initially announced in 2019 that the console will debut next year. But the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed the company’s plans. Due to local lockdown measures, the factory where the first Playdate equipment was to be built was closed.

In October last year, Panic announced a rescheduled timetable, stating that orders may begin in 2021.

In the new video message, Panic announced a cute stereo dock charging accessory for gaming devices that makes it look like an old TV. The price of the terminal has not yet been announced. It also released the names of 21 of the 24 games that will appear in the first season. When the device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, the game will be automatically downloaded every week.

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These games are unique to Playdate, and many of them are made by well-known developers such as Lucas Pope.

The award-winning independent developer who created Papers, Please and Return of the Obra Dinn also briefly appeared in Panic’s recent video message.


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