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Background and Identification
Released in late 2021 with orders shipping in 2022, the Panic Playdate is marketed as a retro, tiny handheld game system, promising to feel familiar while offering something new. Sporting the usual A and B buttons and a D-pad, the Playdate also makes use of a unique side-mounted flip-out crank mechanism that expands the possibilities of in-game controls, allowing you to “precisely dial in the action.”
The Playdate includes 24 free black-and-white games, a 1-year warranty, a color-matched USB-C to USB-A charging cable, and starts at $179.
Developed by Panic in conjunction with Teenage Engineering, the Playdate has the model number PDU-Y-01.
CPU: 180 MHz ARM Cortex M7F (with SDK support for Lua & C)
Memory: 16 MB, 32 KB L1 cache
Storage: 4 GB flash
Battery: 2.74 Wh (14 days on standby clock, 8 hours active)
Display: 2.7 inch, 400 x 200 1-bit black & white
- Integrated mono speaker
- Condenser mic + TRRS mic in
- 3.5 mm headphone jack
- USB-C power port
Connectivity: 802.11bgn 2.4 GHz W-Fi, Bluetooth
- A & B buttons
- Sleep & menu buttons
Dimensions: 76 x 74 x 9 mm (2.99 x 2.91 x 0.35 in)
Misc. Features: 3-axis accelerometer