Playdate, Panic’s Retro Gaming Console, to Be Released in 2021
The handheld device takes users on a trip to the ’00s with advanced features.
Panic, the developer behind viral titles Untitled Goose Game and Nour: Play With Your Food, has been gaining attention in the gaming sphere in recent months for its new console dubbed Playdate. Following much anticipation, the company has now announced that the handheld device will be releasing in 2021. The latest news comes after Panic shifted its staff to remote work conditions, while its factory in Malaysia temporarily closed down due to the ongoing pandemic.
Arriving with a 2.7-inch-wide black-and-white screen, the Playdate takes users on a nostalgic trip with its resemblance to the popular Game Boy console. The device boasts high resolution with sharp visuals in which players can enjoy games that are delivered via Wi-Fi on a season base. Unlike classic consoles we’ve seen in the past, the Playdate features a crank controller on the right-hand side that helps characters run. In addition to playing games, users can develop and test their very own titles using the device.
Panic’s Playdate is set to arrive in 2021 for $149 USD. The console will initially roll out with 20,000 units, with further releases to come. You can learn more and see a preview via the official website.