Panic's hand crank-equipped Playdate console is a big reason why 2021 may be a great year for "alternative" consoles, and its developers showed off a new feature on Twitter that they said is "perfect" for streamers. What they're showing is a PC app that allows you to plug in the small yellow device and mirror its screen to your monitor. It's probably quite useful for game development, but it will also come in handy for streamers and content creators once the device launches.
Here’s a fun little new thing we made. Plug in your Playdate, launch this app, and it will mirror your Playdate screen to your PC/Mac/Linux in real-time. Perfect for streamers, YouTubers, and better accessibility. Input from the PC can pass through to the Playdate also! pic.twitter.com/OE8q1X0txC— Playdate (@playdate) March 24, 2021
According to the tweet, it also allows for control to pass back from the PC to the device, which can help make games more accessible for players who need an assist and already have controls set up on their PC. The tweet didn't leak a date for shipments even though pre-orders are supposed to start in "early 2021." A follow-up tweet encouraged interested parties to follow an affiliated account, @playdatealerts for a heads up on big news, so if you're trying to beat the rush that may be the way to go.