For a very long time, indie video games had been thought-about a distinct segment and small aspect a part of the gaming ecosystem as a complete. Then, as they grew to become extra fashionable, many thought-about them the way forward for gaming. Effectively, the long run is right here, as a result of indie video games are simply as a lot part of video video games as any Triple-A title. Sport of the 12 months awards function not less than one or two indie nominations/winners yearly, and these video games are continuously pushing the trade in new instructions.
One firm, Panic, Inc. noticed this occurring and had an attention-grabbing concept: What if there was a console that was made completely for indie video games? Thus, the Playdate was born. A cell indie console with a crank on it. It’s additionally a clock! Which will sound bizarre, however we promise it makes extra sense if you see it in motion.
Playdate is acquainted, however not like something you’ve ever seen. It has a really particular black and white display – not backlit, however tremendous reflective – that appears far more superb than you’re in all probability imagining.
An exploded view of the internals of a Playdate system.
It additionally has a peppy little processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a surprisingly loud loudspeaker. And if you’re not utilizing it, the display doesn’t flip off – it turns into a really good low-power clock!
What’s cool concerning the Playdate is that, as soon as somebody owns one, they’ll obtain 24 video games over a 12 week interval, all on the console itself. The thought of what the Playdate may very well be could be very cool — if it does nicely, it may very well be a console that indie devs use to launch lesser-known titles as a substitute of counting on overfilled markets like Steam or the Epic Video games Retailer.
Sadly, it’s more durable than ever to launch a brand new console lately. With the stranglehold that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have on the trade it’s going to take a giant push, and perhaps a bit luck, for Playdate to succeed. Anybody that desires to get in on the bottom flooring of this console can achieve this in July.