In case you haven't heard, there's a new portable game console in town, and it's extremely tiny and incredibly cute.
It's called Playdate (aww), and it's a new device from Panic that's about to change the mobile gaming world for good.
This bright yellow pocket-sized device has a crystal-clear un-backlit black-and-white screen. But the biggest (er...smallest?) development is the analog crank, which they say will be used for most of the game play and functions.
The pricing model for this gadget is also a little different: the $149 tag includes the hardware and also the first "season" of 12 new games that will get delivered wirelessly to the console over the course of 12 weeks.
Within a few hours of the announcement, there was a flurry of interest from prospective buyers and as well as developers, many of whom jumped at the opportunity to sign up to potentially design exclusive games for the device.
Panic is courting developers to make games for the console, and it appears as though the initial reaction is very positive, because over 8,000 people have actively stated their interest. They’re also doing something other game companies should emulate: purposefully reaching out to underrepresented groups of developers. So Playdate is not only poised to have a diverse array of games, but also a diverse developer community. While the SDK is in private beta for now, they have plans to release it publicly in the future.
According to their Twitter, there are over 100,000 people already on the wait list for this little thing, which is slated to ship a limited release in early 2020.
Holiday gift idea, anyone?
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