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Project Q is Now PlayStation Portal, Launches Later This Year

PlayStation Portal

Sony has just casually revealed the official name for Project Q, its handheld streaming device for the PS5.

What was once just known as Project Q is now PlayStation Portal, and while we’re still not quite convinced by it, it does have us intrigued. Essentially a DualSense controller split in two with an 8″ screen sandwiched between both parts, it will allow PS5 owners to remotely play supported games that they have downloaded on their connected console via Wifi. Even better, while it’s not exactly cheap, it’s not as expensive as we feared it could be.

PlayStation Portal doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but it will launch later this year. It will cost £199.99/$199.99. Disappointingly, it can’t be used to play games via PlayStation Plus Premium’s cloud streaming service, which seems a little short-sighted. Also, the suggestion that it can only play supported games also has us a little worried, although it could just mean that you can play games that don’t require additional hardware, such as those made for PSVR 2.

What does make use eager to give one a try, though, is the fact that you get all the typical features of a DualSense controller, including adaptative trigger support and haptic feedback. And while the screen only offers 1080p resolution at 60fps, the fact that it’s only 8″ in size means it shouldn’t be an issue. Hopefully it also means that battery life isn’t too bad, either; there’s no mention of that on the blog. Rounding things off is a 3.5mm audio jack, allowing you to connect a pair of headphones to truly immerse yourself in the action onscreen.

Designed for households in which the TV has to be shared, PlayStation Portal is for those who want to be able to game without limits. And for that it should prove invaluable – providing it works with little to no noticeable lag. Needless to say, we’ll be giving it a try once it releases later this year.

Read more about PlayStation Portal on the PlayStation blog.

Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!