Playdate Handheld Game Console by Panic
Software house Panic released this handheld console in 2021. It features a mechanical crank on the side of the console, which is a core-control used during gameplay.
Edge Magazine Reveal
The Playdate console was first introduced to the public in May of 2019, when it was printed on the cover of Edge Magazine.
Over 2 years after its unveiling, it was finally announced that the Playdate would be going up for preorder on July 29th.
On July 29th at 10 AM PST, preorders for the Playdate went live on play.date.
Group One Orders Sell Out
While preorders remained open for a while, they were batched into different groups depending on the time an order was placed. These would determine ultimate shipping date for your console.
Group One Orders Ship
On April 18th, 2022, almost one year after the preorder date, Playdates from Group One began to ship from Panic’s warehouse.
The Playdate Sells for $750 on eBay
When the early preorders began arriving in people’s hands, a high volume of consoles resold on the aftermarket for prices around $750 or more.
A few years
Item was purchased, then resold a few years later.
Somewhat challenging to resell.
Product released online.