The retro-styled Playdate game console is now available for pre-order; Here is everything you need to know

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Earlier in 2019, Panic, renowned creator of various Mac apps and games like Firewatch, introduced a small handheld game console called Playdate. The company made the game console in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, a Swedish consumer electronics company. Now, more than two years later after the introduction, the Playdate console is available for pre-order. Pre-orders for the small console went live on the play.date website yesterday.

The Playdate game console can be pre-ordered from its website

Panic manufactured 20,000 units of the Playdate for this year. These units were booked in just under 20 minutes worldwide. Those 20,000 Playdate units will be shipped this year. The small game console can still be pre-ordered at shop.play.date. However, pre-orders placed now won’t start shipping until next year. The company added that it will manufacture even more Playdate units for 2022 and adjust production based on demand.

Playdate game console price

The small Playdate game console is available for pre-order on its website for $ 179. This includes yellow USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable and more than 20 games. The magnetic pocket cover for the Playdate can be pre-ordered by paying $ 29. The Playdate console and its set of covers are available for a reduced price of $ 199.01, saving you $ 9. Please note that you can cancel your pre-order of the device at any time and receive a full refund. The device comes with a one-year warranty, which covers any hardware defect or malfunction.

Playdate is a retro style game console

For the uninitiated, the Playdate is a small, retro-style gaming console that comes in a pretty yellow hue. The device has a 1-bit black and white screen with a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels. The gaming machine has a four-way directional pad and two game buttons. There is also a mechanical crank on board, which is placed on the right side and acts as a controller for some games.

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The Wi-Fi enabled game console will receive a total of 24 games. The company will release two games for the Playdate each week for the next three months. Notably, all of the first 24 games for the device will be available absolutely free. Besides Panic, these games are developed by notable independent developers such as Keita Takahashi, Zach Gage, Chuck Jordan, and Bennett Foddy.

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