There's a new handheld game system on the way, and it's looking to shake things up a bit.
Known as the Playdate, this little yellow device is trying some new things in design and game delivery.
On top of 'A' and 'B' buttons and a D-Pad, the Playdate also features a rotatable crank that folds into the device when travelling. The extent of its use will be up do the developers, with some titles using the crank throughout, while others to a limited extent. Some games coming to the Playdate won't use the crank at all.
Rather than a high-definition screen, the unit will come with a black and white low-power LCD display measuring 400x240.
The Playdate comes from app developer Panic, a company most recently known for publishing Campo Santo's Firewatch and the upcoming Untitled Goose Game.
The way Panic are bringing games to the portable system is another interesting idea.
The Playdate will release with a season of 12 games, released over as many weeks. The company is keeping tight-lipped about which games would be coming to the device, but noted that developers like Bennett Foddy, Keita Takahashi, Zach Gage, and Shaun Inman have titles in the works.
The Playdate will cost USD$150 and is expected to release in 2020.