When you preordered a Playdate handheld gaming system that was set to ship this yr, you’re going to have to attend somewhat bit longer.
Panic Inc. introduced immediately that its first batch of Playdates initially set to ship in 2021 have been delayed to early 2022, citing a “crucial battery difficulty” that was caught late within the course of. Consequently, all batteries in Playdates set to ship had to get replaced.
“This rapidly became a months-long, all-hands-on-deck analysis stress-ball and we halted manufacturing on the manufacturing unit,” a press launch reads. “We made the troublesome, costly name to switch all of our present batteries with new ones from a completely totally different battery provider.”
Panic says the primary batch consisted of 20,000 items, all deliberate to ship late 2021 (presumably now or quickly) however that now, they’ll ship in early 2022. A extra exact delivery window was not revealed. When you’ve preordered a Playdate, Panic says your house in line to truly obtain the system is not going to change as long as your preorder stays lively.
For extra about this distinctive handheld gaming system, take a look at Recreation Informer’s breakdown of its worth, its first slate of video games, and extra. The Playdate is not the one upcoming handheld system to endure a delay. The discharge of Valve’s Steam Deck was simply pushed from this vacation to a February 2022 launch.
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