Playdate is a new handheld video game system by Panic, the makers of many apps like Transmit, Coda, Firewatch, and more.

It’s small, it’s yellow, it has a crank, and no backlight, but it still looks amazing and should be a unique gaming experience.

Playdate video game system
Playdate video game system

Playdate is both very familiar, and totally new. It’s yellow, and fits perfectly in a pocket. It has a black-and-white screen with high reflectivity, a crystal-clear image, and no backlight. And of course, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, and a headphone jack. But it also has a crank. Yes, a crank: a cute, rotating analog controller that flips out from the side. It’s literally revolutionary.

There’s more: Playdate includes games — a full season of them. The games will be delivered over-the-air, once a week for 12 weeks, and they’ll be a surprise: when the new game light flashes, you’ll never know what you’re about to play. Panic recruited some of the world’s best game designers — some well known; others under the radar — to make games exclusively for our system. Playdate isn’t just hardware: it’s a complete experience.

Playdate will ship in early 2020, with pre-orders anticipated in late 2019 for $149. You can find more about the game system on their website and also signup to be notified as soon as it’s available.