The upcoming Playdate handheld gaming console is being made in Malaysia

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  • Monday, 27 May 2019

Playdate, a retro-styled handheld gaming device with a rotating crank which will be released in 2020, is being manufactured in Malaysia. 

Musician Az Samad was the first to tweet to the company after discovering a "Made in Malaysia" label on the back of the device. Dave Hayden, an engineer at the company confirmed that Playdate is indeed being made in a factory in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

Hayden even shared about his enthusiasm for local food and it seemed he may have attempted to make nasi lemak for his colleagues at the company in the United States.

According to a Tweet on the Playdate Twitter account, over 70,000 people have expressed interest to be in the waiting list for the device.

Developer Panic said 12 original games will be made for the console, including Crankin's Time Travel Adventure by Keita Takahashi. Players have to use the crank to control the character's movement in the game. 

The device has a 2.7in black-and-white low-power screen. In the FAQ section, the company claims that the display will be "sharp and clear", even describing it as a "premium black and white screen". The handheld console comes with WiFi, Bluetooth and USB-C connection, and runs on a custom operating system designed by the company. 

The console is priced at US$149 (RM620).

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