Sony’s upcoming handheld game streaming device, which it will announce at the PlayStation Showcase in May, has a new name. PlayStation Portal (formerly known as Project Q) will launch later this year, enabling users to remotely stream PS5 games over a Wi-Fi connection. Sony calls it the PlayStation Portal Remote Player, and it will feature an 8-inch LCD display capable of streaming games at 1080p resolution at 60 fps. While an exact release date has yet to be confirmed, Sony has confirmed the price of the handheld — $199.99, which roughly translates to Rs. 16,500.
“PlayStation Portal is the perfect device for home gamers who may need to share a living room TV or simply want to play PS5 games in another room of the house,” said Hideaki Nishino, senior vice president of platform experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment. .” in the PlayStation blog announcement.
PlayStation Portal will remotely connect to the PS5 via Wi-Fi to access games installed on the console. Handheld devices can also use the DualSense controller. However, VR games that require the PS VR2 headset and those supported by the PS5’s upcoming cloud streaming feature won’t be playable on PlayStation Portal. The handheld also requires a broadband connection of at least 5Mbps for basic use; Sony recommends an internet connection of at least 15Mbps for a “better gaming experience.”
Essentially, the PlayStation Portal will act as a sister device to the PS5, unable to run games on its own, but seamlessly switching from the console. The handheld has a DualSense-inspired controller interface flanking the screen, with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback from the PS5 controller.While Sony confirmed the presence of a 3.5mm audio jack on the device, IGN’s hands-on test A few other features were revealed and some surprising omissions.
According to IGN, PlayStation Portal’s display includes two touchable areas to mirror the touchpad on the regular Dualsense controller, a USB Type-C port for charging, and several speaker grilles on the shoulders. However, support for Bluetooth is missing, making it impossible to pair wireless Bluetooth headphones with the device.
Instead, the handheld supports Sony’s new proprietary wireless connectivity protocol called PlayStation Link, which can connect to audio devices that use the same standard. Not surprisingly, Sony also announced the Pulse Elite Wireless Headphones and Pulse Explore Wireless Earbuds on its blog, both of which are compatible with Portal via PlayStation Link.
Sony says they will provide PlayStation Portal pre-order details soon. Official pricing (or launch confirmation) for the device in the Indian market has yet to be announced.