The story of the Playdate gaming handheld #Playdate #Gaming @Panic

Christa at Panic has published a comprehensive story of the Playdate handheld gaming device.

Ten years ago, the CEO and Head of Design at Teenage Engineering, Jesper Kouthoofd, got an email:

Hi Jesper, 

We’re a small software company that makes Mac/iOS apps. For our 15th anniversary, I’ve been tinkering with an idea: find our 150 best customers, manufacture something incredibly special, and send it to them.

Here’s how an offhand idea to mark the fifteenth anniversary of a software company launched a decade-long saga of twists, turns, and mini-boss battles that led to a gaming console as surprising and unique as its creators.

An early prototype of Playdate
An early prototype

The designs were varied and the demand mounted as the design for Playdate came together. A beautiful screen and a hand crank!

On July 29th, 2021, pre-orders went live! You can order yours right now.

Read the entire story on Panic’s blog here.

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