The Game Boy-Style Playdate Handheld Is Finally Going Into Production

Jun 21, 2021

Category: Tech

A couple of years ago, the game developers behind indie hits such as Firewatch and Untitled Goose Game announced that they were taking on an interesting new venture: a tiny handheld console called the Playdate. Fast-forward to today and the project is finally in production with preorder availability starting in July — and they’ve even given it some optional accessory upgrades.

Designed in collaboration with Teenage Engineering, this little device looks an awful lot like a Game Boy — which is a very good thing for fans of retro gaming — but it also distances itself from Nintendo’s old handheld by quite a wide margin. You see, this device has a collection of games (21 and counting) developed exclusively for Playdate systems. And it will automatically update itself with new games via WiFi as they become available. There is also an available developer kit, so fan can build their own games, and it can be bought with an optional flip cover and/or a cute and clever Stereo Dock that turns it into a Bluetooth speaker. Preorders open in July and start at $179 for the system and $29 for the cover, but the dock does not yet have announced pricing.

Purchase: $179+

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Tech

Train For Harder & Longer With These Abrasion-Resistant Workout Shorts

Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, Lycra-infused stretch nylon construction gym shorts.

Posted By Tim Huber

Partner
Featured Image

Logitech Unveils The Most WFH-Friendly True Wireless ANC Earbuds Ever

They’re the first to be certified by Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams.

Posted By

Aug 5, 2021

Featured Image

Heatworks’ Tetra Dishwasher Requires Zero Plumbing & Fits On Your Countertop

All you need is an electrical outlet and 3 liters of water to wash a load of dishes.

Posted By

Aug 5, 2021

Featured Image

Google Sets Its Sights On Apple With A Newly-Redesigned Pixel Phone Chip

The first custom-built SoC to feature on the tech manufacturer's smartphones.

Posted By

Aug 3, 2021

Featured Image

Suunto Designed Its Latest Smartwatch For Uncompromising Mission-Readiness

It even features a ‘red light mode’ for use with night-vision goggles.

Posted By

Aug 2, 2021

Featured Image

Klipsch Drops Its First-Ever AI-Assisted ANC True Wireless Earbuds

Along with a carbon fiber-accented official McLaren edition.

Posted By

Aug 2, 2021