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34 minutes ago, pulsemyne said:

I wondered that as well. Could be the camera picking up screen refresh now and again.

 

It looks like it doesn't handle dense patterns of dots or stripes without horizontal banding. Bit of an oversight, unless this isn't a final production model. Shame really, as it's quite a nice screen.

 

Looks like you're right: 

 

 

Edit: good lord, The Verge is still full of shit about everything.

 

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The Playdate’s screen sounds old-school, but it looks great in person. It’s a truly 1-bit black-and-white display with no backlighting whatsoever, which gives it a deliberate, minimalist feel. The closest comparison I can make is to the original Pebble smartwatch, which also used a similar Memory LCD panel from Sharp, but it’s much bigger at 2.7 inches diagonal and is all the better for the lack of cheap-feeling backlight. 

 

Backlights are "cheap-feeling" now? Pull the other one. :lol:

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On 23/05/2019 at 19:39, AI1 said:

Any suggestions for a better name than PlayDate?

 

My attempt: The Wizzle-Woz®

 

Tagline: I'd buy that for a dollar! ($150)

 

On 23/05/2019 at 20:39, Gizamaluke said:

 

Pop Up Portable

 

On 28/05/2019 at 20:30, deKay said:

So because of Playdate, Playdate are now known as Playdate Pop Up. 

 

Confused?

 

http://www.nathalielawhead.com/candybox/playdate-the-la-zine-fest-weird-games-and-what-it-means-for-playdate-to-lose-its-name

 

 

Wut.

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6 hours ago, dave7g said:

How on earth did this get the cover of Edge?

The same way The Verge wrote a fawning article about it and how great it is that you can't see the screen in the dark without mentioning the gameboy once. It's catnip to a certain type of person, those people include tech journalists and beard-stroking game journalists. 

 

Speaking of Lib Dems, they actually are a bit like that Change UK mob, remember all the media they got because the weird people that are political journalists got excited? This will probably sell better mind you. 

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10 hours ago, dave7g said:

A monochrome handheld with no games announced in 2019 for £150

 

How can it not fail?

 

It’s not about failure or success!

        

On 23/05/2019 at 15:48, Stanley said:

It's about the form factor, limited graphics, monochrome display, funky controls.

 

And having engaging, entertaining games, right? Right?

 

:unsure:

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51 minutes ago, Qazimod said:

 

It’s not about failure or success!

        

And having engaging, entertaining games, right? Right?

 

:unsure:

 

It's not relevant. That is videogame bubble speak. Oh my god! They've dared to not have a backlight! Listen to yourself. That's the same old Rllmuk way.

 

#ConsolesAreBroken #ChangeGames

 

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8 hours ago, deerokus said:

The same way The Verge wrote a fawning article about it and how great it is that you can't see the screen in the dark without mentioning the gameboy once. It's catnip to a certain type of person, those people include tech journalists and beard-stroking game journalists. 

 

And me!

 

I think this thing looks great - I love that Japanese video above. But then I do wonder what I’m the hell I’d be thinking to drop 150 bones on it.

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17 hours ago, dave7g said:

A monochrome handheld with no games announced in 2019 for £150

 

How can it not fail?

 

Teenage Engineering.

Their synths cost an absolute packet, do essentially nothing that can't be done on a smartphone, but the build and feel has made them objets d'art that people just want.

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I was thinking about this earlier in the week. Wouldn’t be the first time Edge has given big features and covers to vapourware. 
 

I can’t see how this will work in the current climate. It’s the very epitome of a luxury item at a time where money will be tighter.

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I had forgotten all about this.  I was a little bit interested but seeing the size of it has taken this from "I would have to hear many positive reviews and reactions" to "this is a stupid novelty,  people will enthuse about this but it is not for me."

 

 

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5 hours ago, Oh Danny Boy said:

I was thinking about this earlier in the week. Wouldn’t be the first time Edge has given big features and covers to vapourware. 
 

I can’t see how this will work in the current climate. It’s the very epitome of a luxury item at a time where money will be tighter.


Actual luxury items are recession-proof aren’t they? People who buy luxury goods aren’t affected as much by crises. Sony actually expect to sell more PS5s because of COVID.

 

I’m still really intrigued by this and looking forward to it. Especially after the very dull and conservative next-gen hardware from Microsoft and Sony. I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce it’s slipped since the factory closed for COVID though.

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