Upstart company to release gaming handheld this year
Why it matters: Dedicated portable gaming devices have faded away as mobile phone gaming has grown, but Playdate's makers hope that a retro black-and-white handheld with some modern quirks can find an audience.
- The Playdate's signature feature is a crank that can be used to help control games.
- But its most intriguing offering is a seasonal gaming subscription, free to system purchasers, that will dole out two new games a week.
Correction: A previous headline incorrectly said the gaming device will be released this summer.