When is the Playdate? A new gaming machine that fits in your pocket
Gambling is now an integral part of our society. Since the days of Atari Pong, the game has steadily grown in popularity. The average gaming machine these days is extremely complex and innovative. Devices such as high-powered gaming PC systems, virtual reality headsets, and next-gen consoles are now found in almost every home.
However, many of us may fondly remember using portable gaming devices in our childhood. This nostalgia exerts a powerful influence on the collective imagination.
Problem solved. The new Playdate, from Panic, is a new portable gaming machine that will channel that nostalgia. Below, we’ll take a look at the new gaming machine that’s small enough to fit in your pocket.
Not “when” is the reading date…what is the reading date?
The Playdate is a small portable gaming device that can fit in your pocket. The device has a rectangular shape and features a bright yellow color.
The device has a kind of classic black and white reflective display screen. The screen is surprisingly gorgeous and helps to enhance the nostalgic appeal of the device. When the console is off, the screen functions as a clock, displaying the time.
Playdate devices come with their own unique games that cannot be found anywhere else.
The device features a directional pad and buttons as well as a small crank on the side that can unfold. The crank does not actually power or charge the device, but instead may provide functionality for certain games on the device. The Playdate also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth functionality and even a small speaker attachment.
As mentioned above, the Playdate comes with 24 original and unique games. However, these games do not ship immediately with the console. Instead, users will receive two games each week after setting up their device for 12 weeks.
These games vary in styles and genres, but each is designed specifically for the Playdate. With 24 different playstyles to try and experiment with, you’re sure to find something you like.
Games can range from titles such as DemonQuest to a chess simulator. Each game is uniquely developed and has its own unique controls. Some of them even allow users to use the crank of the device to control certain aspects of the game. For example, the game Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure allows the user to wind the crank back and forth to move forward and go back in time.
Playdate also continues to develop new games, promising new game releases to come.
If you or someone you know is interested in designing a game, Panic makes it relatively easy to do. Although not currently available, Panic plans to release its own SDK which will allow users to design their own games for free. Also, if you’re looking for a simpler option, they’ll also release a point-and-click design tool for the web browser. Designing a video game will be easier than ever.
Who is Panic?
The developer of Playdate, Panic, is a US-based software company. Based in Oregon, Panic Software Studios started in 1999.
They originally worked primarily with Mac OS software, but have recently ventured into the gaming front. Their game, Untitled Goose Game, received massive praise from gamers and critics. For the release of the Playdate, Panic is teaming up with Swedish electronics manufacturers, Teenage Engineering.
Where can you buy the Playdate system? And how much does that cost?
Interested consumers can purchase the Playdate portable game machine from the Playdate store. Users can pre-order now for $179.
Packed with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other features, the Playdate is one of the cheapest gaming options available. With payment, users will have access to all 24 games, plus any new games they release.
Customers can also pre-order a cover for their Playdate console for $29, which will help protect the device from damage.
With innovation at an all-time high, gadgets and devices are more complex than ever. And most of the time, we really appreciate these new technological marvels.
However, sometimes it is nice to take a step back. With the Playdate, users can recapture the nostalgic feel of portable gaming from yesteryear. With a bright, colorful design and classic black and white screen, the Playdate really does have a nostalgic look.
Combine that with modern features like WiFi and Bluetooth, and a completely original games library and it’s easy to get excited about Playdate.
No one expects this device to directly compete with Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo. However, at an affordable price of $179, the Playdate can offer an attractive alternative for those who don’t want the complexity of some modern gaming systems. With a release this year, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the Playdate portable gaming machine.