A few years ago, the publisher of the indie hit Firewatch announced plans for its own handheld console called Playdate. Earlier this year, the console was pre-ordered, where it is expected to arrive in late 2021, but sadly those who placed their pre-orders will have to wait until 2022.
According to the console manufacturer, they found that the first batch they received had less than excellent battery life that was lower than expected. “When our first 5,000 completed Playdate units for 2021 arrived at our warehouse in California, we started testing some of them. We quickly became concerned that some of them were not giving us the battery life we expected. “
As a result, they decided to cease production of the console while investigating the problem and shipping the first batch back to the manufacturer. The good news is that the new batteries they received are now up to their standards and ready to ramp up production again, but unfortunately because of this delay, they now only expect the console to arrive in early 2022 instead of late 2021 initially projected.
Then, however, they encountered another problem, as the chip required for the playdate had been delayed due to the global shortage of chips and the required component had to wait two years. As a result, they are now switching to another CPU that is more readily available and that they claim is not noticeably different.
There is no exact date yet that the consoles will be available other than “early 2022” so those who have pre-ordered will have no choice but to wait, but the transparency in the process is greatly appreciated.
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