The Playdate Is Getting A Price Increase

And it's still sold out.

If you’ve been thinking about picking up the very unique and aggressively adorable Playdate (you can read our review here to find out why you’d want to), you might want to jump on it sooner rather than later.

Not only is the device still sold out, with pre-orders currently tracking for delivery in “Late 2023” but it’s getting a small price increase as of April 7th, going up from $179 USD (approx $270 AUD) to $199 USD (approx $300 AUD).

It’s not all grim news though, as Panic has also launched a new on-device app store called Playdate Catalog, which launches with a library of both new and old games. You can learn more about it in the below video:

The titles available now through Playdate Catalog are:

  • Direct Drive, a silent-movie-musical game about being an intern in the music industry in 1927, from DAC Vector
  • Carve Jr, where you’ll hit the slopes like never before, from Chuhai Labs
  • Playmaker, with six playful creative spaces where you can paint, compose, build, record, and dance, from Dustin Mierau
  • Swap Machina, a fast-paced puzzle game made in the Pulp game engine by NaOH & Zion D. Hill
  • SKEW, the world’s 1st real-time 3D endless spinner, from Oiffy
  • Grand Tour Legends, an epic bicycle racing game from iorama studio
  • The Botanist, an interactive sci-fi adventure comic with a linear story, from Cadin Batrack
  • Bloom, the real-time narrative-driven social sim about starting up a flower shop, from RNG Party—now with a new post-game story, and more!
  • Eyeland, a mysterious bite-sized adventure made in Pulp by Ron Lent
  • Tapeworm Disco Puzzle, a grid-based puzzle game where you play as a tapeworm, the local nightclub owner; from Lowtek Games
  • Down the Oubliette, a dungeon crawler for people who like tower defense games, from Rebecca König
  • A Joke That’s Worth .99¢, now in Catalog with a NEW .1¢ joke! From kamibox
  • Hidey Spot, a little Pulp-made adventure about sneaking around in the middle at night, from Neven Mrgan and us here at Panic
  • Word Trip, a light-action word-building game from Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm, and Charlie Davis