Today, at Panic’s first ever Playdate video showcase, the corporate made a couple of bulletins about its gaming handheld with a hand crank. The most anticipated bit of reports is that the machine will lastly be accessible for pre-order in July, although a selected date has but to be set. The firm says there shall be not less than per week’s warning earlier than pre-orders open. As a reminder, the machine is priced at $179. 

The different massive reveal is the Playdate Stereo Dock, the primary accent for the quirky Playdate. The dock capabilities as each a charging stand and a Bluetooth speaker for the Playdate. Oh, and there’s additionally a pen holder, as a result of why not. And sure, a brilliant yellow pen comes with it. Just just like the Playdate, the Stereo Dock was designed by Teenage Engineering.

On prime of that, Panic has partnered with Poolsuite FM, an internet radio station with curated SoundCloud playlists, which you’ll be able to after all play on the Stereo Dock if you want. The Poolsuite app shall be pre-installed on the Playdate. Pricing and availability of the stereo dock is but to be decided.

The firm additionally introduced the Playdate Cover, a protecting case for the Playdate, which is presently accessible in purple. A Playdate Cover and Playdate bundle shall be priced at $199 ($20 greater than the Playdate’s $179 worth), whereas the duvet by itself is priced at $29.

Playdate Cover


The firm additionally revealed 21 out of the 24 video games that shall be included with the Playdate as a part of its Season One lineup. Panic didn’t reveal too many different particulars concerning the video games, nevertheless it did say that Playdate house owners can anticipate to obtain two video games per week for 12 weeks (these video games can then be saved without end).

Here’s an inventory of these 21 video games:

  • Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure – Developed by uvula (Keita Takahashi, Ryan Mohler), Matthew Grimm and Shaun Inman

  • Battleship Godios – Developed by TPM.CO Soft Works

  • Boogie Loops – Developed by May-Li Khoe and Andy Matuschak

  • Casual Birder – Developed by Diego Garcia; Music and Sound by Max Coburn

  • DemonQuest 85 – Developed by Alex Ashby, Lawrence Bishop, Duncan Fyfe, Belinda Leung and Jared Emerson-Johnson

  • Echoic Memory – Developed by Samantha Kalman, Everest Pipkin, Carol Mertz and Rachelle Viola

  • Executive Golf DX – Developed by davemakes

  • Flipper Lifter – Developed by Serenity Forge

  • Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke – Developed by Nels Anderson, Christina “castpixel” Neofotistou

  • Hyper Meteor – Developed by Vertex Pop (Mobeen Fikree, Robby Duguay and h heron)

  • Lost Your Marbles – Developed by Sweet Baby Inc & Friends

  • Omaze – Developed by Gregory Kogos

  • Pick Pack Pup – Developed by Nic Magnier, Arthur Hamer. Music by Logan Gabriel

  • Questy Chess – Developed by Dadako

  • Ratcheteer – Developed by Shaun Inman, Matthew Grimm and Charlie Davis

  • Sasquatchers – Developed by Chuck Jordan. Music and Sound by Jared Emerson-Johnson

  • Snak – Developed by Zach Gage. Art by Neven Mrgan

  • Spellcorked! – Developed by Jada Gibbs, Nick Splendorr, Ryan Splendorr and Tony Ghostbrite. Music by A Shell within the Pit (Em Halberstadt)

  • Zipper – Developed by Bennett Foddy

  • Saturday Edition – Developed by Chris Makris. Music by A Shell within the Pit (Gord McGladdery, Alfonson Salinas)

  • Whitewater Wipeout – Developed by Chuhai Labs (Giles Goddard, Mark Lentz, Peter Traylor, Hero Liao, Remy Thor, Charlie March, Kensaku Nakata, Zach Aikman, Mihoko Terao)

Season One games developed for the Playdate


Panic teased that there’ll be a couple of further video games, some developed by the corporate itself. The firm additionally introduced that Lucas Pope, who created Return of the Obra Dinn and Papers Please, is engaged on a sport for Playdate known as Mars After Midnight.

Additionally, Panic has partnered with narrative improvement firm Sweet Baby to information two builders from underrepresented communities. They are Recommendation Dog (led by Xalavier Nelson Jr.) and Reel Steel.

Panic additionally showcased a couple of proficient builders from final 12 months’s Developer Preview Program, who have been in a position to snag an early model of the {hardware} and tinker with the SDK. According to the corporate, they may have the ability to promote software program and video games developed for the Playdate, which may then be sideloaded to the machine (these shall be separate from the aforementioned Season One titles).

Since third-party builders are so integral to the success of Playdate, the corporate additionally launched Pulp, a brand new instrument that’s particularly designed to create Playdate video games. All you want is an online browser as a way to use it.

As talked about, you’ll have to attend till July to pre-order your Playdate. But if you happen to miss out on the preliminary rush, you’ll in all probability nonetheless get one finally.

“The sooner you order, the sooner you’ll get one, but we’re not going to close the door on you,” stated Cabel Sasser, Panic’s co-founder. “Hopefully it’s a pleasant experience. Although surely something will go wrong, so thanks in advance for your patience with whatever that thing is.”

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