Playdate is like a Modern Retro GameBoy with a Twist

I was scrolling through social media when I came across something that caught my eye. It was a picture of a device that looked like a knockoff GameBoy. My curiosity was piqued, so I took a look. The item is called Playdate and it’s an upcoming handheld gaming device from Panic. The screen is black and white and it is very minimalistic in its controls with a D-pad and two buttons.

What adds to the intrigue though is that little silver thing on the side of the Playdate. It turns out that the little protrusion is a crank. Talk about a quirky addition. The crank will be used in some, not all, games to varying degrees and I am very curious as to how it comes into play.

Playdate will have 12 games and they will launch on a weekly basis and as it is titled Season One, I can only imagine that more games are to follow. The current release window for Playdate is early 2020 and it will cost $149. Head on over to the Playdate website to sign up for notifications so you can be kept in the know how.

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