The highly unusual handheld console Panic Playdate is finally ready to hit the market. The developers said that pre-order will be available in July.
Recall that the console was shown back in 2019, promising to release it in 2020, but the pandemic has adjusted plans. Moreover, during this time, the price has also increased: from $ 150 to $ 180.
But the developers of Panic did not waste time, so for that very $ 30 increase, buyers will get something. Firstly, there will be not 12, but 24 games for the console in the first season. Nothing is known about the next seasons. Secondly, the console will get 4 GB of memory instead of 2 GB.
In addition, at yesterday’s event, not only new games were shown, but also the Playdate Stereo Dock accessory. This is a charging dock that doubles as a speaker. The price has not yet been announced. But the Playdate Cove case shown was priced at $ 30.
In addition, the creators of the console showed Pulp, a toolkit for creating games for the console that runs in a browser.
Also, we finally revealed the characteristics of the console. It is based on a Cortex-M7 processor with a frequency of 180 MHz, there is 16 MB of RAM, a Wi-Fi 4 adapter, Bluetooth, the display is characterized by a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels, and the autonomy is up to 8 hours or 14 days in standby mode. Dimensions are 76 x 74 x 9 mm.