Playdate handheld is an indie-powered Game Boy for the 21st century

If you lengthy for the great outdated days of straightforward video games which place enjoyable and creativeness above all the pieces else, then as we speak is your fortunate day, as a result of a brand new indie-focused handheld is coming from videogame-publisher Panic, the corporate behind Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game, and it goals to convey Game Boy-style allure to the 21st century.

Revealed today, Playdate is a small, yellow handheld with a easy directional pad, two foremost face buttons and an innovate hand-crank which is bound to open up new and thrilling gameplay avenues. 

It’s additionally acquired a high-end black-and-white show which guarantees to be way more superior than a Game Boy display screen, with Panic telling The Verge that “it has no grid lines, no blurring, is extremely sharp and clear, and has much higher resolution,” additional stating that, “It sounds odd to say, however: it’s really a ‘premium’ black-and-white display screen.”

The Playdate. Image credit score: Panic

A brand new solution to obtain video games

Another progressive factor to the Playdate is how you may get video games, with Panic explaining that the moveable console plans implement a TV show-style supply system for its video games, with one new title arriving on the machine per week for a complete of 12 weeks in what it is calling ‘Season One’. Each subsequent season will embody a brand new assortment of video games, and is predicted to incur an extra value.

So far, just one title has been introduced for this primary season – Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure from Katamari Damacy-creator Keita Takahashi – although the corporate has revealed that its handheld will embody new video games from famend recreation designers Zach Gage (Typeshift), Bennett Foddy (QWOP) and Shaun Inman (The Last Rocket).

The firm plans to maintain these video games a secret till they arrive on the hand-held in an effort to shock its clients, merely stating that, “Some are short, some long, some are experimental, some traditional. All are fun.”

Playdate and its first season of video games will launch in early 2020 and can be priced at $149 (round £118 / AU$217).


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