Monday, April 18, 2022

\"Fancy on the outside, but not so much on the inside\" - what they write in reviews about the Playdate


The Playdate batch of experimental consoles had bad luck with the components, which caused the release of the devices to be postponed until early 2022.
Panic has prepared a surprise: the mailing of devices for pre-order will start today.
We would like to remind you that Playdate is a small handheld console with a winding handle.
It is used not to generate a charge, as some might think, but for control.
Two keys (A and B) with a cross are useful for manipulation.
Also the device is equipped with a black and white screen, a speaker and even an accelerometer.Collected the impressions of some journalists about the unusual device:IGN author (8/10) called Playdate a niche product for a narrow audience, but nevertheless he was delighted with it.
The handle rotates with slight resistance in both directions, but it's not used in all games.
Some developers have come up with some original applications for it.
For instance, in the surfing game Whitewater Wipeout, the handle allows you to control the rotation on the wave and in the air.
The reviewer was astonished by the sound quality.
It turns out that Playdate is able to play tunes in high quality without slipping into eight-bit sound.As the disadvantages, the author distinguished a couple of moments: the form factor, which fatigue your hands, and the screen.
The display is not equipped with a backlight, as well as it has a small viewing angle - you need to keep the console straight.Journalist Game Informer (B -) noted an interesting detail in the user interface Playdate - friendly robot-assistant.
He greets the user when he first turns it on and gives him a little briefing.
When new games come to the device, they are displayed as wrapped gifts, and the robot pulls the ribbon to open them.The critic also berates the \"gizmo\" for the screen and lack of backlighting, but the impression is compensated by the long battery life, robust construction and a good starting set of entertainment.According to the VGC (3/5), the Playdate display is similar to an electronic \"reader\", but with a higher refresh rate.
However, there are also problems with it: there is a \"strange flicker\" when scrolling too quickly between dark and light areas.
This does not break the game in any way, but it can be slightly distracting.
Contrary to IGN's review, the author from VGC felt the grip lacked resistance, so would have preferred something more expressive in the manner of a fishing rod reel.We're very excited about Playdate.
The gaming industry needs more curious little gizmos like this to stimulate creativity and make sure we're not slipping into a world of formulaic predictability.The price of the wonder device is $179.
If you're in the mood to buy now, you'll have to wait in line, because pre-orders are booked months in advance.
The author of Return of the Obra Dinn and Papers, Please, Lucas Pope is preparing his next game exclusively for the handheld console.
It will be Mars After Midnight, something very similar to a simplified Papers, Please.
Also on Playdate they launched Doom!

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