Final month, Panic stated that the Playdate, its tiny gaming handheld with a crank, will lastly be out there for pre-order in July, however didn’t reveal the precise date. Now, nonetheless, it has. The corporate simply introduced that you just’ll be capable of pre-order the Playdate for $179 on July twenty ninth at 1pm ET.
Moreover, the Playdate Cowl, a purple protecting cowl for the hand-held, may also be out there for pre-order for $29. In the event you’re going to get each, it makes extra sense to only get the Playdate and Cowl bundle, which is priced at $199. As for the just lately introduced Playdate Stereo Dock, nonetheless, that isn’t prepared for pre-orders simply but because it’s nonetheless in growth.
In response to a press launch, Panic stated that the primary batch of Playdate items, which ought to be round 20,000, will begin transport by the top of this yr. After promoting this preliminary allotment, it can then ship subsequent orders in 2022. The corporate additionally wished to guarantee clients that the Playdate won’t ever “promote out;” you’ll simply have to attend in line, because the manufacturing is adjusted based mostly on demand.
Pre-orders would require fee upfront, however Panic says it may be cancelled at any time for a full refund. Orders are restricted to 2 items per individual. The Playdate will ship initially to the next nations — the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Eire, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. It’s additionally trying into promoting the units in Malaysia, the place the manufacturing unit is positioned (in case you’re in Malaysia, you’ll be able to fill out this form so Panic can preserve you posted). Worldwide transport prices will embrace any duties or taxes.
In the event you nonetheless can’t get sufficient Playdate, Panic additionally introduced that it’s debuting a brand new Playdate-focused podcast subsequent week that offers you much more background and details about the little handheld gaming console. When you’re ready that, you’ll be able to try our preliminary preview of the Playdate right here.
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