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Mac and iOS app developer Panic is getting into the hardware business with one of the most interesting announcements we've seen this year. Playdate is a throwback to the classic handheld systems of the past, but translated through a modern lens. The company has teamed up with Teenage Engineering on the look and feel of the device, which will launch with a free "season" of games. These twelve games will be developed by some of the industry's top designers, which will include one title by Keita Takahashi, creator of cult-favorite, Katamari Damacy. The hardware itself will boast a highly-reflective black and white screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, and of course, a headphone jack. One of its most unique features is a physical crank, which is used as a rotating analog controller. 

Playdate will arrive to pre-order customers later this year and will officially launch in early 2020.


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