Think you've seen the last of handheld gaming systems? Then you haven't met the Playdate.
Itís a brand-new handheld video game system in line with the classic Game Boy or Game Gear, only itís being manufactured by Panic, a developer and publisher that previously worked on iOS software and video games like Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game.
Borne of Panic's desire to "do something new," the Playdate is meant for those of us who agree with the company's stance that "nothing's surprising anymore." The handheld is meant as something "unexpected and beautiful" that "adds a little brightness to your life."
It looks to be equipped to do just that, especially in the looks department. The Playdate is an eye-catching kind of yellow that you'd expect from a school bus or a construction worker's hard hat. Plus, the simple fact that it exists is surprising enough in the gaming ecosystem weíre living in now.
The Playdate is sized perfectly to fit in your pocket, and includes Wi-Fi, USB-C, Bluetooth, and a headphone jackóunlike most smartphones these days. Interestingly enough, Panic opted for a black-and-white 2.7-inch Sharp LCD screen with a resolution of 400 x 240, featuring high reflectivity and no backlight for a "crystal-clear image." The Playdate dares to stay monochromatic in a world of eye-popping color and high-res graphics, giving it something of a rebellious image in light of the tech specs it could be capable of. And thatís refreshing in several ways.