Panic has announced that the first batch of 20,000 Playdates that were scheduled to start shipping in 2021, have been pushed back to early 2022. The delay is caused by a critical battery issue caught late in the process which has led the team to replace the batteries of all Playdates currently in production.
Playdate is a brand-new and truly unique gaming handheld system that is a celebration of video games. Owners will receive two brand new games every week for three months and a suite of easy development tools will be available to create new games and interactive software.
The new batteries will also mean much better battery life for the Playdate, and future manufactured Playdates will have new CPU chips and re-designed boards due to the ongoing worldwide chip shortage.
Panic co-founder Cabel Sasser, said: “This quickly turned into a months-long, all-hands-on-deck research stress-ball, and we halted production at the factory. We made the difficult, expensive call to replace all of our existing batteries with new ones from a totally different battery supplier.”
Playdate is still available to pre-order priced $179.