THE PLAYDATE IS A BOUTIQUE GAMING HANDHELD WITH A CRANK

WIRED | 5/24/2019 | Julie Muncy
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It's Friday, which can only mean one thing: It's time for this week's edition of Replay, WIRED's rundown of everything happening in the world of gaming. What's the biggest news this week? It's actually a little gaming device that fits in the palm of your hand. What else? Well, there's some good—or at least interesting—news about Sony PlayStation games, too. Let's get going.

First off, no, the crank doesn't power it. And yeah, we're kind of bummed about that, too. What the Playdate does do, though, is provide a tiny and stylish way to walk around with a limited run of games made by famous designers like Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy) and Bennett Foddy (Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy).

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The twee, yellow machine is the latest offering from Panic, a game developer turned game publisher turned hardware manufacturer. It has a simple design with a black-and-white screen, two face buttons, and a d-pad. (The crank also provides game input.) It'll come with 12 games, one each week after the console releases, at least in the so-called Season One. If you're interested in the first season of games and the console along with them, it'll put you back $149 when it launches in early 2020.

Taking a page from Marvel's book, Sony Interactive Entertainment earlier this week launched PlayStation Productions, a unit focused on turning its videogame properties into movies and TV shows.

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"We've got 25 years of game development experience and that's created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Shawn Layden,...
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