Oregon company Panic is known not only as a developer of applications for macOS, but as the publisher of the acclaimed indie game Firewatch. As it turned out, the team is sitting very diverse people — after edition of the game, the company decided to release a full-fledged gaming console, and introduced a device called the Playdate. In its form it is very similar to the classic Gameboy, but it has a big and a very strange distinction — on the side there is a mechanical handle. Does she need to charge the battery?
No, this rotating element is in the same management tool as switch D-pad and two other small keys. According to the developers, some of the available games, he will play a key role, so players will have to actively turn it back and forth. In addition to the management tools, the console is equipped with modules Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a USB type-C and a 3.5 mm headphone port.
The pen is located on the side of a square enclosure with dimensions of 74 to 76 mm and thickness of 9 millimeters. Diagonal black-and-white display is a 2.7 inches at a resolution of 400×240 pixels, the developers claim that this is enough to demonstrate a clear picture. It is also interesting that the screen does not require backlighting, but how to play with him in the dark is not clear.
Console Playdate will support 12 games, but to play all at once. The company came up with an interesting scheme to keep the attention of players of the game will come to consoles via Wi-Fi gradually, one per week. About the availability of new items will alert indicator on the upper part of the body. However, the essence of portable consoles is reflected in the title “Playdate” — they say, play only on certain days.
To develop exclusive games, the company has engaged the creators of the famous indie projects. For example, the first available on the console game “Crankin”s Time Travel Adventure” created by designer Keita Takahashi, who is the author of the video game series “Katamari Damacy”. Also free will be the work of Zach Gage (Really Bad Chess), Bennett, Foddy (VVVVVV) and Shaun Inman (The Last Rocket).
The cost of gaming consoles Playdate will be $ 149 for a unique toy is it, perhaps, a very adequate price tag. All games will be supplied free of charge for 12 weeks, but will they be developed and supplied further depends on the popularity of the device. The start of sales is scheduled for 2020.