App Developer Panic Announces New $149 'Playdate' Game System Coming in 2020

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Panic, a company known for developing apps for iOS and macOS, today announced plans to enter the hardware market with the launch of the Playdate, a new handheld gaming system.


    Playdate features an entirely unique design with a black and white display, d-pad, A+B buttons, and a crank on the side that's designed to be similar to an analog stick.

    The black and white 400 x 200 screen is not backlit, but it features a "crystal-clear image" and high reflectivity, which Panic says is "an aesthetic like no other."
    The pocketable gaming system, which is going to come in a bright and inviting yellow color, will feature pre-installed games from developers like Zach Gage, Shaun Inman, Bennett Foddy, and Keita Takahashi.

    At launch, there will be 12 games included with the system, delivered one per week for a few months. Panic says the idea is to give gamers something to look forward to. Most of the games are going to be kept secret until launch, and additional games will be added in the future.

    The Playdate comes equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a USB-C port for charging, and a headphone jack.


    Playdate is going to cost $149 when it becomes available for purchase in early 2020. Those interested in purchasing can sign up on the website to get notified when it's ready for purchase. Stock will be limited at launch, so Panic recommends signing up.

    Article Link: App Developer Panic Announces New $149 'Playdate' Game System Coming in 2020
  2. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    I love Panic, but I genuinely just had to check my calendar to make sure this isn't April 1st.
  3. nojkepop macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2014
    Only comes with fishing games or what? Wait, the screen isn't backlit?
  4. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    Does this mean we’re probably not getting that new version of Coda anytime soon?
  5. Starflyer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
    This is why we can’t have Status Board.
  6. Justanotherfanboy macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2018
    Haha, am I the only one that wondered:
    “Why are app developers panicking over a new game system??”.

    Reminder to self:
    SLOW DOWN when reading article titles.
  7. confusedpurple macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2018
    Meh I cant see this working, and Panic haven't exactly been on top form for a while now, with really poor products like Coda 2 and Transmit 5 they seem to have fallen behind the competition massively in the last couple of years.

    The biggest question I have is why are they making this? Where's the gap in the market here?
  8. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    This is word for word exactly what I was going to type.
  9. vicviper789 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2013
    This will go nicely with Snapchat spectacles and the Kozmo robot thing!
  10. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
  11. NickName99 macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2018
    This is hilariously unexpected and fun. Love it! Can’t wait.
  12. JoeCassara macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2018
    That crank looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
  13. PickUrPoison, May 22, 2019
    Last edited: May 22, 2019

    PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

    Sep 12, 2017
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Black and white? Really? :eek:

    Maybe for $30-40 but at $150, they’ve definitely crossed over into you-gotta-be-kidding-me territory.
  14. rjp1 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2015
    A lot of people have tried to compete with Nintendo in the handheld gaming market. This may be one of the worst attempts.
  15. Justanotherfanboy macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2018
    Clearly you missed that this has a “premium” black & white screen! Lol.

  16. pweicks macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2016
    Makes me wish I hadn’t gotten rid of my Game Boy. Goooood times....
  17. mikeray macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    Why would you get this when you can just get a Gameboy Advance on eBay ?
  18. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    It's very cute (form factor), I wish them the best of luck, but they have to get over that mountain of everyone having a smartphone already. I was thinking the April 1st thing as well when I first saw it.
  19. Juiceboy macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    It's the same resolution as a 3DS top screen in "2D" mode. 400*200
    And that's way cheaper then $150, plus has real games.
  20. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    B&W display
    Nice svelte little form factor

    I think I can kind of dig this actually.
  21. JoshBoy macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Who ever got drunk and thought this was going to work and sell well..... good luck
  22. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    Might be an ok novelty buy, but you can buy a DS for that.

    For the love of everything why can’t Apple just release a decent controller case and push hard for great games? I hope that’s what Apple Arcade accomplishes.

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