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Sony is rumoured to be making a PS Vita-style handheld that plays PlayStation 4 games

Could we be getting a PlayStation handheld, one that supports PlayStation 4 games? That’s the rumour that’s going around, and we so want it to be true. There are so many gems on the PlayStation 4 that’s we’d actually be disappointed when the train pulled to a stop and we had to put our PS Vita 2 or whatever away.

It’s not the first time the rumour has emerged but, as reported by PlayStation Lifestyle, there’s a little more steam this time. Russian journalist Anton Logvinov, who revealed the existence of PC ports of Death Stranding and Horizon Zero Dawn, thinks it’s happening. Leaker MooresLawisDead also claimed, back in February, that a PS Vita 2 was happening.

At first glance, this doesn’t make a lot of sense for Sony. The original PS Vita had half the lifespan of the PSP and the company only launched its PlayStation Portal remote player device back in November. However, it may be that the device won’t, technically be a PS4.

According to a Google Translated version of Logvinov’s post (via Reset Era), “there are only PS4 games in the launch lineup, which are generally available on PC, and therefore on Steam Deck”. So it may well be that what we’re getting isn’t a PlayStation-based handheld, but a handheld PC with enough power to run PlayStation 4 games. That would let you take Marvel’s Spider-Man, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War and many more on the go.

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But would Sony really take on the Steam Deck? The company would have to do one of two things, either justify people choosing this over the Steam Deck, whether that’s with a different price point or whatever, or make it easier for people to purchase. We suspect it’ll end up being the latter. Why? Because Sony have the logistics and the relationships to get this into retailers’ hands.

So, instead of ordering a Steam Deck online you could walk into a GameStop (assuming they’re still around when it launches) and pick one up, potentially leading to impulse purchases. That’s assuming this happens — it could still be a rumour, but if Sony delivers we’d seriously consider handing over our hard earned-cash to take PS4 games on the go.

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