Oregon-based software and video game company Panic has announced a new handheld gaming console which will go by the name Playdate. The new handheld gaming console will be available at retail stores for $149.99, and the company will ship the product in early 2020, but with limited stock.
Talking about the specifications and features of the all-new Playdate, the console will have a non-backlit, black and white screen along with a directional pad with A and B buttons. The console will also be equipped with a rotatable crank that will be used within the games.
Though the company has provided not many details regarding the console, there are reports that the game will be shipped with twelve different indie games. And users of the console will be allowed to download other games at no extra cost for up to twelve weeks. The free games will include titles from developers like Katamari Damacy’s Keita Takahashi, Bennett Foddy, including others.
The first game that has been revealed and will be bundled with the console is Keita Takahashi’s Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure.
“This game uses the crank exclusively to control the flow of time, backward and forwards. Your goal? Get Crankin’ to his date with Crankette while avoiding an ever-increasing series of ridiculous obstacles — obstacles that aren’t affected by the time control. Will Crankin’ make it to his rendezvous on-time?”
Playdate, which will be a new console in the market, has been designed by Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering company. The gaming console will be equipped with a black-and-white display which will have a 400×240 resolution, and the display will be quite sharp and clear” and has no grid lines or blurring. There have been reports that the device won’t have backlight so gaming in the dark would require a lamp.