Playdate delayed to early next year

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Brendan Sinclair

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Playdate has become the latest gaming hardware to suffer a delay, as Panic today announced that its crank-equipped handheld has slipped from late 2021 to early 2022.

Unlike recent delays to the Steam Deck, the Analogue Pocket, and the Evercade VS, this delay was not blamed on global supply chain issues and component shortages.

Instead, Panic explained that it identified a critical issue with the batteries in the initial batch of systems it received from manufacturing. Some of the first 5,000 units off the line were displaying shorter battery life than expected, while others wouldn’t charge or power up at

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