Playdate handheld game console delayed until 2022 (crank and all)

The Reading date was supposed to be one of the more unusual handheld game consoles of 2021 … but it turns out the little gaming system with a black and white screen and a crank won’t ship in time for it.

Due to an unforeseen issue with the first 5,000 units to roll off the production line, they are returning to the factory to be fitted with new batteries and they will not be shipped until early 2022. And the shortages in the Global supply chain have led the maker of Playdate Panic to push back delivery dates for the next 45,000 units as well.

The company had initially hoped to ship the first 20,000 units to customers by the end of 2021, but not only did the company have to select a new battery after realizing its top pick wouldn’t cut it, but when Panic went to place an order with his manufacturing partner it turned out that:

“A lot of our parts have been significantly delayed. In fact, we can’t get the current processor from Playdate for – you won’t believe – two years. Like, 730 days.

Panic therefore revised the motherboard of its game console to accommodate a different chip which is more widely available.

Now the company says the first 20,000 Playdate consoles will ship in early 2022, with another 30,000 shipments in the second half of the year. Units manufactured later in 2022 will most likely have the new motherboard and processor, but they should be functionally identical to previous units, with support for the same games and features.

Panic is still accepting pre-orders for the Playdate from people willing to pay $ 179 for a console that probably won’t ship anytime soon.

The Playdate is a 3 “x 2.9” x 0.35 “gaming device with a small black and white screen of 400 x 240 pixels, a mono speaker, a stereo headphone jack with microphone input, a plug-in jack. WiFi 4 and Bluetooth connectivity support, and a game controller system including a D-Pad, A and B buttons, 3-axis accelerometer and hand crank.

Designed to run custom games made for the platform, the Playdate is a casual gaming device that won’t have all of the functionality of a Nintendo Switch or even a smartphone. But its unique design and control system will make it unlike any other product on the market when it finally ships, and Panic is working with the developers to bring a ‘season’ of games to customers – you’ll get two games a week for that. 12 weeks, giving you a total of 24 games which are all included in the purchase price.

Panic also plans to offer optional accessories, including a stereo docking station that doubles as a charger and Bluetooth speaker, as well as a Playdate cover.

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