After announcing its Project Q handheld console in March, Sony has now officially unveiled the remote play handheld PlayStation Portal. The device uses PS Remote Play, so you only need a WiFi connection to play your PS5 games anywhere.
The Sony PlayStation Portal requires an internet speed of at least 5 Mbit/s. For an optimal gaming experience, however, Sony recommends a speed of at least 15 Mbit/s. You can only play supported games that also need to be installed on the PS5 console. According to Sony, cloud streaming via PlayStation Plus Premium is not supported. Neither is any other local game or media.
The PlayStation Portal features an 8-inch LCD display with a 1080p resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate, and shares the same controller layout as the PS5 DualSense controller. The handheld features a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and top-mounted speakers. The remaining technical data are still under lock and key.
Strangely, the PlayStation Portal doesn’t have Bluetooth – it only supports Wi-Fi and PlayStation Link. The latter is Sony’s new proprietary wireless connectivity standard, enabling low-latency, lossless audio and switching between compatible devices. The technology is used in Sony’s new Pulse Explore wireless earbuds ($200/€220/£200) and the Pulse Elite headset ($150/€150/£120), both due later this year.
The Sony PlayStaton Portal costs $200/€220/£200 and is also due out later this year. Sony has already promised to announce more details and official launch dates soon.