Playdate is a quirky new handheld with some great indie designers onboard - and it has a crank!
Developer Panic (which also handled publishing duties for Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game) has unveiled Playdate, an adorable, quirky, and undoubtedly niche, new handheld console designed specifically for unique indie titles. And it has a crank!
Starting with the hardware, Playdate is immediately (if not, perhaps, universally) appealing, sporting a playful yellow sheen and lots of friendly curves. It features a d-pad, two buttons, and a 2.7-inch black and white (but high-resolution) screen. It also manages to pack in wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, a rechargeable battery, a headphone jack, and, yes, that crank - which we'll get to momentarily. The whole thing, incidentally, is tiny, measuring 74x76x9mm.
"Playdate isn't trying to compete with the other devices that we already play and love," Panic explained, "It's designed to be complementary. It's designed to deliver a jolt of fun in-between the times you spend with your phone and your home console; something to fill the moments when you just want a game you can pick-up and play."