Sony to launch PlayStation Portal remote player this year

Earlier, during the PlayStation Showcase 2023, Sony unveiled an array of PS5 peripherals, prominently featuring a streaming handheld device and headphones. There is no doubt that this streaming handheld code-named Project Q is the most watched device among them. Sony subsequently divulged further details about this captivating device via their official blog.

Sony christened the handheld as the “PlayStation Portal remote player”, though colloquially it may be referred to simply as “PlayStation Portal”. The nomenclature undeniably evokes reminiscences of the iconic PSP (PlayStation Portal), although Sony abstains from such direct comparisons in their blog.

The PlayStation Portal is graced with an 8-inch 1080P LCD display boasting a refresh rate of 60Hz. The screen incorporates touch capabilities, mirroring the touchpad on the DualSense controller. Furthermore, the Portal promises a full-fledged DualSense controller experience, complete with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.

Beyond the standard DualSense buttons, the PlayStation Portal is embellished with a few additional buttons: a power button situated top-left, a volume button top-right, and the “PlayStation Link” button on the left-hand side intended for syncing with Pulse Elite or Pulse Explore wireless headphones. For those eschewing wireless options, a 3.5mm audio jack is discreetly positioned at the base, supporting both input and output.

As previously alluded to, the PlayStation Portal isn’t designed to run games independently; players must connect via Wi-Fi to a PS5 to commence their gaming escapades. Sony stipulates a minimum Wi-Fi speed of 5Mbps, emphasizing that speeds of 15Mbps and above would engender a more immersive gaming experience.

In terms of its financial footprint, the PlayStation Portal is priced at $199.99. Its debut on the market is anticipated later this year, with Sony assuring that more intricate details concerning pre-orders shall be unveiled imminently.