Playdate Consoles Begin Shipping Today

Almost Time For Our First Date


It’s been a long road to the release of the Playdate. Originally announced back in 2019, the pandemic seemed to slow its momentum. Still, it was set to release last fall until battery issues pushed it into 2022. Finally though, the system is ready and the first units will ship out today. Those in group 1 will get emails for confirmation once their devices ship. As of writing this I still haven’t received mine, but I hope to within the next few days. The developers do caution that it will be shipped in batches so some in group 1 will still have a short wait, but its nearly over.

The team at Panic had a few other cool announcements today as well. They’ll soon be implementing an app called catalog which will let creators sell their approved games right through the device. Developers can also sell games through other marketplaces as well as games can be side loaded.


For those wanting to show the Playdate off, mirror mode is implemented at launch too, allowing for video capture or even streaming on Twitch for all your friends.

The Playdate is sold out for some time but you can still get a preorder in and get in line if you want one. The first season of games, 24 in total, start unlocking the day you get your system. We’ll have impressions and more once our Playdate actually arrives.


Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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