Pre-orders for Playdate, the console with a crank, open in July

By Stephany Nunneley
8 June 2023 17:47 GMT

Playdate pre-orders will open in July, Panic has announced.

The hand-crank mini-console will run you $179, and the exact launch date for Playdate will come soon, and there will be at least a week’s warning before pre-orders open up.

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During a live update stream today, Panic also introduced the Playdate Stereo Dock, the first Playdate accessory.

You can use it to store and charge your console when not in use, and it features a Bluetooth stereo speaker. Pricing and availability on the Playdate Stereo Dock is not yet available.

Along with pre-order information and a release window, the stream also revealed 21 out of the 24 games included as part of the Season One lineup.

Here’s what was announced:

  • Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure
  • Battleship Godios
  • Boogie Loops
  • Casual Birder
  • DemonQuest 85
  • Echoic Memory
  • Executive Golf DX
  • Flipper Lifter
  • Forrest Byrnes: Up in Smoke
  • Hyper Meteor
  • Lost Your Marbles
  • Omaze
  • Pick Pack Pup
  • Questy Chess
  • Ratcheteer
  • Sasquatchers
  • Snak
  • Spellcorked!
  • Zipper
  • Saturday Edition
  • Whitewater Wipeout

Playdate owners will receive two games per week for 12 weeks. There will also be some extra surprise games along the way, some from Panic.

The first units are expected to begin shipping later this year.

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