Playdate Handheld Gaming System

Portland-based Panic makes some of our favorite software. They helped make Firewatch, an amazing game. Soon, they'll be making hardware, too. The Playdate is an all-new handheld gaming system, and we can't wait to get our hands on it. It has a 400 × 240 black and white display, a d-pad, A+B buttons, a pause button, and, most interestingly, an analog crank that flips out from the side, providing a completely novel control element. The hardware was built in collaboration with Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering, while the games — delivered wirelessly once a week, and a complete surprise when they arrive — will be developed by world-class talent. The system will include the first season (12 weeks) of games and will be available for pre-order later this year, with shipments beginning in 2020.

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