Panic has announced that the upcoming portable handheld Playdate will be available to pre-order for $179 USD (roughly $231 AUD). This will include the console, a USB-C cable and the 24 season 1 games that will launch with the console. Pre-orders will remain open but obviously the sooner you get a pre-order in, the sooner you will get your device. The device is set to launch sometime between July and the end of the year.
It’s also been announced that Playdate Stereo Dock is on the way. This will charge your Playdate, but it also has a Bluetooth speaker and also acts as a pen holder (and includes a pen).
The cool thin about the Playdate is that not only does it have the traditional buttons that you’d expect from a handheld device, it also has a crank that should make for some really unique gameplay opportunities.,
THE LAUNCH TITLES:
The coolest thing about the Playdate is that two new games will drop every week via Wi-Fi. Everybody who owns a device will get them for free, and theoretically, they should just appear on the device automatically when you wake up.
More titles will come in the future and the team has been really transparent about just how easy games are to create for this device.
Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure
Developed by: uvula (Keita Takahashi, Ryan Mohler), Matthew Grimm, and Shaun Inman
Developed by: TPM . CO SOFT WORKS.
Developed by: May-Li Khoe and Andy Matuschak.
Developed by: Diego Garcia (he/him). Music and Sound by: Max Coburn (he/him).
Developed by: Alex Ashby (he/him), Lawrence Bishop (he/him), Duncan Fyfe (he/him), Belinda Leung (she/her), and Jared Emerson-Johnson (he/him).
Developed by: Samantha Kalman (she/her), Everest Pipkin (they/them), Carol Mertz (she/her), and Rachelle Viola (she/her).
Executive Golf DX
Developed by: davemakes (they/them).
Developed by: Serenity Forge.
Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke
Developed by: Nels Anderson (he/him) and Christina “castpixel” Neofotistou (she/her).
Developed by: Vertex Pop (Mobeen Fikree [he/him], Robby Duguay [he/him], and h heron[they/them]).
Lost Your Marbles
Developed by: Sweet Baby Inc. & Friends.
Developed by: Gregory Kogos.
Pick Pack Pup
Developed by: Nic Magnier (he/him), Arthur Hamer (he/him). Music by: Logan Gabriel (he/him).
Developed by: Dadako.
Developed by: Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm, and Charlie Davis.
Developed by: Chuck Jordan. Music and Sound by: Jared Emerson-Johnson.
Developed by: Zach Gage (he/him). Art by: Neven Mrgan (he/him).
Developed by: Jada Gibbs, Nick Splendorr, Ryan Splendorr, and Tony Ghostbrite. Music by: A Shell in the Pit (Em Halberstadt).
Developed by: Bennett Foddy (he/him).
Developed by: Chris Makris. Music by: A Shell in the Pit (Gord McGladdery, Alfonso Salinas).
Developed by: Chuhai Labs (Giles Goddard [he/him], Mark Lentz [he/him], Peter Traylor [he/him], Hero Liao [he/him], Remy Thor [he/him], Charlie March [he/him], Kensaku Nakata [he/him], Zach Aikman [he/him], Mihoko Terao [she/her], and Kinsey Burke [she/her]).
We’ll keep you posted on Playdate as we get closer to launch.