Panic Unveils Handheld Games Console

Panic Unveils Handheld Games Console
Some Playdate games such as 'Crankin's Time Travel Adventure' will be controlled exclusively using a crank.

(CCM) — The Playdate is a brand new and rather strange portable gaming device announced by Panic, a developer of apps and games for iOS and MacOS.

"It's yellow. It fits in your pocket. It's got a beautiful black and white screen. It's not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank," the company says on the new device's web page.

At first glance the Playdate vaguely resembles a Nintendo Gameboy Color, with a d-pad, and two buttons marked "A" and "B." What sets this device apart is the small hand crank on the right had side, similar to those found on wind-up flashlights and radios.

But the crank is not used to power the device, the company said. "It's a flip-out rotational controller that puts a fresh spin on fun. Some games use it exclusively, some use it with the d-pad, and some not at all," it explained in a tweet.

Above the buttons, the Playdate features a 400 x 200 monochrome screen that "has no grid lines, no blurring, is extremely sharp and clear, and has much higher resolution [than a Game Boy]."

When the device is released, it will receive games over the air at the rate of one per week for an initial period of 12 weeks at no extra cost. It is not clear whether owners will then have to pay for any further games which may be released further in the future.

The Playdate is due to be released in early 2020, priced at $149.

Image: © Panic.