We are still awaiting the release date of Playdate, a small handheld with a crank made by Untitled goose game Panic editor, but Panic just showed a new feature for the device in the official Playdate Twitter account: you can connect Playdate to your computer and mirror its screen.
As Playdate says in its tweet, there are many potential use cases for this, including better accessibility and easier streaming of your Playdate game. And pressing the virtual buttons in the Playdate app will bring them back to your Playdate device, giving you another way to play your games. (It doesn’t seem like there is a virtual crank, but maybe that’s something Panic hasn’t shown yet.)
Here is a short video of the computer connection in action:
Here’s a fun new little thing we did. Plug in your Playdate, launch this app and it will mirror your Playdate screen to your PC / Mac / Linux in real time. Perfect for streamers, YouTubers and better accessibility. PC input can also go to Playdate! pic.twitter.com/OE8q1X0txC
– Game date (@ game date) March 24, 2021
While the Playdate computer app may look a bit small in this video, you’ll be able to make it bigger, Panic said in a reply. On twitter. And if you listen carefully to the video, you can also hear some extremely lovely Playdate menu sound effects, that Panic says are new.
Playdate was first revealed in 2019, with games in development since Katamari damacy creator Keita Takahashi, Good sudoku developer Zach Gage and more. At the time, Panic expected to ship Playdate in early 2020, but said in October that it expects to start orders in “early 2021.”
Panic has also created a Twitter account, @playdateAlerts, which will only tweet when there is “important” news about Playdate. If you want to know exactly when you can order the device, @playdateAlerts seems like a good account to follow.