We are still waiting for a release date for Playdate, a small handheld with a crank made of Untitled Goose Game publisher Panic, but Panic just unveiled a new feature for the device on the official Playdate Twitter account: you can connect Playdate to your computer and mirror the screen.
As Playdate says in its tweet, there are many potential uses for this, including better accessibility and making it easier to stream your Playdate play. And by pressing the virtual buttons in the Playdate app, they will take them back to your Playdate device, giving you another way to play your games. (It does not look like it is a virtual crank, but it may be something Panic has not shown yet.)
Here is a short video of the computer connection in action:
While the Playdate computer app may look a little small in this video, you will be able to make it bigger, Panic said in a Twitter response. And if you listen carefully to the video, you can also hear some extremely charming sound effects from the Playdate menu, which Panic says are new.
Playdate was first revealed in 2019, with games in development from 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 was expected to kick off 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.