The Playdate Is a Boutique Gaming Handheld With a CrankFirst off, no, the crank doesn't power it. And yeah, we're kind of bummed about that, too. What the Playdate does do, though, is provide a tiny and stylish way to walk around with a limited run of games made by famous designers like Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy) and Bennett Foddy (Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy).The twee, yellow machine is the latest offering from Panic, a game developer turned game publisher turned hardware manufacturer. It has a simple design with a black-and-white screen, two face buttons, and a d-pad. (The crank also provides game input.) It'll come with 12 games, one each week after the console releases, at least in the so-called Season One. If you're interested in the first season of games and the console along with them, it'll put you back $149 when it launches in early 2020.
Sony Interactive Launches Film and TV UnitTaking a page from Marvel's book, Sony Interactive Entertainment earlier this week launched PlayStation Productions, a unit focused on turning its videogame properties into movies and TV shows."We've got 25 years of game development experience and that's created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Shawn Layden, chairman of Worldwide Studios at Sony Interactive, told The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum."PlayStation Productions is already working on its first slate of films. Are we going to get any good videogame movies out of this? Eh, maybe? I wouldn't get super hopeful.
PlayStation 4 and 5 Players Will Be Able to Play Online Together, Sony SaysSome nice news coming out of Sony's IR Day 2019 conference: US Gamer reports PlayStation 5 consoles will not only be backward compatible with the PlayStation 4, but will allow online play between both consoles, consolidating the user base. After Sony's own efforts to limit crossplay with their competitors, and the general walled gardens that the last generation of consoles were, this wasn't a given, and is welcome news. My biggest hope for the next console generation is that it's a bit more open and flexible, and gives users more power over their own stuff instead of taking it away.
Recommendation of the Week: Pony Island by Daniel Mullins Games, on PCSome things just aren't what they appear. And Pony Island is a mystery wrapped in a cute game about ponies, an existential nightmare of being trapped in a computer while hostile children's games attack you. Part hacking simulator, part No Exit, and all ridiculous, this is one of the most interesting games of its type. Games that are self-conscious about themselves are a dime a dozen, but this is one of the most creative.
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