PlayStation’s Portable Screen Gets A Name and Price


The PlayStation Portal was teased earlier this year. It looked like a tablet with two halves of a PS5 controller glued on.

Was it a new portable system? Was it the next Vita? Nah, it was just a way to stream games from your PlayStation 5.

The device was previously known as Project Q and looked suspiciously like the Wii U controller. We asked a load of questions when the device was first shown off, and it seems we finally have our answers.

In an official post on the PlayStation Blog, Hideaki Nishino (Senior VP) of Sony let us know that this new handheld would set PS5 owners back $199. Though pricey for something tethered to the console via Wi-Fi, the PlayStation Portal remote player will feature a few impressive stats.

The Portal will include the following features:

  • Adaptive triggers
  • Haptic feedback
  • An 8″ LCD screen with 1080p resolution.
  • 60fps display
  • 3.5mm audio jack
PlayStation Portal remote player
Image Credit: Sony

There are some concessions, though. PSVR2 games that need a headset to play are not supported. That’s a given, but the next one is a real pain. PlayStation Plus Premium cloud streaming games are NOT supported. No double streaming for you!

Another roadblock for some players will be when it comes to the Wi-Fi requirements. The Portal isn’t precisely demanding when it comes to speed, but you’ll need to meet the following at least if you want to stream from your library of games:

“Requires broadband internet Wi-Fi with at least 5Mbps for use. For a better play experience, a high-speed connection of at least 15Mbps is recommended.”

Oddly, Sony does not give us any idea of the kind of latency we should expect from the Portal. Many of the other questions we asked before are still unanswered:

  • Will the device feature an app that lets you connect to the console even if you’re on Wi-Fi in another city?
  • What is the battery life?
  • Will it support Wi-Fi 6E or 7?
  • Is the touchpad built into the screen or on the back of the device, as with the PS Vita?
  • What is the latency?
  • Is there any proprietary tech that allows for better performance over Wi-Fi?
  • Will there be a DualSense Edge version?
  • How much does it weigh?
  • How hot does it get?
  • What are the I/O ports (USB-C or something else)?
[Source: PlayStation Blog]


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Mike Phalin
Mike Phalinhttp://syxxsense.com
Longtime problematic entertainment journalist. The former workhorse for Dread Central, ScienceFiction.com, and Fanbolt.

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