Place there PlayStation 5, sneak up Switch OLED, goodbye Xbox Series: Playdate is now the latest craze. The little yellow handheld with a crank not only looks really nice, it also comes with an innovative game concept. Anyone who took action because of these tempting perks needs to be strong in the face of the following message.
Battery problems cause a shift
Because as the company Panic behind the Playdate announced, the strange crank console had to be moved and will no longer appear as planned this year. The reason for this is massive problems with the batteries used at the beginning of production, which not only do not meet the requirements for a long service life, but sometimes did not work at all.
How to get on the official site of the Playdates announced, you therefore had to replace the batteries in all units produced so far and while this is of course an extreme annoyance that postpones the entire process, the problem was fortunately noticed before you sent Playdates to customers.
All units that should have reached players all over the world at the end of 2021 will only make it at the beginning of 2022. Due to massive delivery bottlenecks due to the Corona crisis, there is also no improvement in sight. While the first 50,000 playdates are all set to arrive in 2022, the situation looks less rosy after that.
What is the playdate?
As already mentioned, the Playdate is a handheld that should fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. Apart from the yellow retro design, it has an A and a B button, a D-pad and the distinctive crane on the side. In addition, it offers bluetooth, wifi and a speaker. The cost is $ 179.
On the 400×240 display you can enjoy a total of 24 games in grainy black and white graphics, although not all of them are installed on the Playdate from the outset. Instead, you will get two new and, above all, not previously known titles sent to your handheld every Monday for 12 weeks, so that you will be surprised again and again.
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