First Playdate shipments delayed, but for a good reason

It appears that evidently the {hardware} delays simply carry on coming. In per week the place we’ve realized that Valve’s Steam Deck has been delayed and that Sony probably needed to minimize PS5 manufacturing estimates due to the worldwide elements scarcity, we’re now studying that the preliminary orders for Panic’s Playdate handheld have additionally been delayed. There’s a silver lining to this one, although, so no less than in the long run, it isn’t all dangerous information.

Playdate’s delay has motive behind it

In an e mail despatched out to clients who bought the preliminary batch of Playdate handhelds (which may be learn in full over on Playdate’s web site), Panic explains that the primary and second teams of Playdate shipments have been pushed again from late 2021 to early 2022. Sadly, these two teams comprise orders for the primary 20,000 models, so it is a fairly vital delay.

What occurred? In case your first guess was the worldwide silicon scarcity, you’d really be fallacious for the primary time in months. Within the e mail, Panic explains that the primary batch of 5,000 handhelds it obtained from the producer had faulty batteries that didn’t final so long as the corporate anticipated them to.

Panic then despatched the dangerous models again to the producer to obtain new batteries from a brand new provider. The corporate says that the brand new batteries are “precisely what we’re hoping for, if not even higher than earlier than,” and that they’ll ship on the lengthy battery life that was initially promised to patrons. So, regardless that preliminary Playdate shipments have been delayed, no less than Panic didn’t wind up sending handhelds with dangerous batteries to customers.

Playdate nonetheless isn’t immune from provide shortages

Whereas this specific delay isn’t essentially right down to world provide shortages, the Playdate just isn’t resistant to these both. In one other part of that prolonged e mail, Panic explains that whereas it was capable of safe parts for these early manufacturing runs, among the elements wanted for Playdates produced in 2022 and past have been topic to vital delays.

The CPU, specifically, was a big ache level, as Panic notes that it wouldn’t have been capable of obtain extra CPUs for an additional two years past these preliminary manufacturing runs. With that in thoughts, Panic says that it has completed a revision of Playdate’s mainboard that incorporates a new, extra simply obtainable CPU. So, whereas it nonetheless expects to satisfy 50,000 Playdate orders by late 2022, the corporate says that any orders past these will doubtless land in 2023.

The corporate additionally introduced in the present day {that a} public beta of its browser-based Pulp sport improvement instruments ought to be obtainable in January 2022, whereas the complete Playdate SDK can be obtainable in February of that very same yr. As soon as these are out within the open, customers will be capable to craft their very own video games for Playdate, which is meant to be an open platform. So, whereas Playdate has hit a number of snags, there was additionally some excellent news in in the present day’s message to clients. We’ll let you realize when Panic begins delivery out Playdates to early purchasers, so keep tuned for extra.

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