“Playdate is nearly finished.” That’s the gist of Panic’s newest replace on its upcoming pint-sized handheld console. The corporate says it can start to take orders for the $149 system in early 2021, with preliminary manufacturing beginning up in November. The primary batch will include 20,000 models. Panic says it believes that can be sufficient to fulfill preliminary demand. “We additionally pray we didn’t overshoot it wildly, as a result of that may be fairly embarrassing,” it added.
After mailing out the primary 20,000 models, the corporate plans to proceed delivering new Playdate models in batches utilizing an open order system. The hope right here is to keep away from a situation through which the system is ever “bought out” à la NVIDIA’s Ampere GPUs. As a buyer, you’ll have the ability to buy a Playdate at any level, and it ought to arrive at your house based mostly on whenever you ordered it. The field you see above is the packaging it can arrive in at your door.