Should you preordered a Playdate handheld gaming system that was set to ship this 12 months, you’re going to have to attend somewhat bit longer.
Panic Inc. introduced at present that its first batch of Playdates initially set to ship in 2021 have been delayed to early 2022, citing a “crucial battery challenge” that was caught late within the course of. Consequently, all batteries in Playdates set to ship had to get replaced.
“This shortly become a months-long, all-hands-on-deck analysis stress-ball and we halted manufacturing on the manufacturing unit,” a press launch reads. “We made the troublesome, costly name to exchange all of our present batteries with new ones from a completely completely different battery provider.”
Panic says the primary batch consisted of 20,000 models, all deliberate to ship late 2021 (presumably now or quickly) however that now, they’ll ship in early 2022. A extra exact delivery window was not revealed. Should you’ve preordered a Playdate, Panic says your home in line to really obtain the system won’t change as long as your preorder stays energetic.
For extra about this distinctive handheld gaming system, take a look at Recreation Informer’s breakdown of its value, its first slate of video games, and extra. The Playdate is not the one upcoming handheld system to undergo a delay. The discharge of Valve’s Steam Deck was simply pushed from this vacation to a February 2022 launch.
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