Sony announced its next handheld, the Project Q, a portable PS5 streaming device earlier this year, and we knew that it was due for a 2023 release date, but outside of a short teaser trailer, we hadn’t seen much of the device.
PlayStation has now revealed that it is called PlayStation Portal. It will release for $199 USD (~$310 AUD) and the release date will be revealed later this year with pre-order details to come shortly. Given this is the exact same price as the DualSense Edge, it’s definitely a lot cheaper than expected.
We know that the device will have an 8-inch LCD screen that is 1080p and 60Hz. It will have adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, so should mimic the feeling of using a DualSense controller nicely.
It will stream games over Wi-FI from your PS5 console, so it’s definitely not a standalone handheld, or a successor to the Vita, but rather a console that it is designed to be used alongside your PS5 console within the home and potentially outside of it.
Here’s what PlayStation had to say about the device:
“PlayStation Portal remote player brings the PS5 experience to the palm of your hand. It includes the key features of the DualSense wireless controller, including adaptive triggers and haptic feedback*. The vibrant 8-inch LCD screen is capable of 1080p resolution at 60fps, providing a high definition visual experience that’s expected from the high quality games created by world-class developers.
PlayStation Portal is the perfect device for gamers in households where they might need to share their living room TV or simply want to play PS5 games in another room of the house. PlayStation Portal will connect remotely to your PS5 over Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to swiftly jump from playing on your PS5 to your PlayStation Portal. PlayStation Portal can play supported games that are installed on your PS5 console and use the Dualsense controller. It also includes a 3.5mm audio jack for wired audio. PS VR2 games, which require the headset, and games that are streamed through PlayStation Plus Premium’s cloud streaming, are not supported”