Remember the announcement of the Sony Playstation “Project Q” last May? The one that only streams Playstation games? We have more information on it and also the official name – it is now the PlayStation Portal.
First and foremost, the PlayStation Portal is not a standalone gaming machine – it is actually designed as an extension to your current PlayStation 5. It is a remote player for playing PS5 games in your hands. As we mentioned the last time, it looks like the PlayStation 5 DualSense controller split in half.
What we know now is the screen is an 8-inch LCD screen that supports 1080p 60fps streams. Because it is basically a DualSense controller, you also get all the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback you expect.
Quoting Sony, “PlayStation Portal is the perfect device for gamers in households where they might need to share their living room TV or simply want to play PS5 games in another room of the house.” It connects via WiFi, so you can technically connect to your PS5 remotely even from outside of the home with the Portal.
You do need some beefy connectivity (Sony says the Playstation Portal ‘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) but it should be possible with 5G. According to CNET, Sony mentioned that the battery life of the Portal is similar to the Dual Sense – so about seven to nine hours.
PS VR2 games, and games that are streamed through PlayStation Plus Premium’s cloud streaming, are not supported unfortunately so you can only play games that are installed in your PS5.
Along with the PlayStation Portal, Sony also announced the audio gears associated with the new device. The Pulse Explore wireless earbuds were revealed during the previous announcement but the Pulse Elite wireless headset is new. The headset comes with a boom mic and AI-enhanced noise rejection filtering, and charges via a charging hanger.
Both the Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore connect to the PlayStation Portal via a new audio technology called PlayStation Link. Sony is promising “low latency, lossless audio and easy switching between multiple PlayStation Link hosts such as PS5 with the USB adapter and PlayStation Portal.”
Unfortunately, the audio devices connect to the PS5 via a (thankfully included) USB dongle, so it is as inclusive as many thought it will be.
The prices of the three devices are as follows:
- PlayStation Portal: USD199.99 (about RM 930)
- PlayStation Pulse Explore: USD199.99 (about RM 930)
- PlayStation Pulse Elite: USD 149.99 (about RM 697)
No release or pre-order dates have been announced as of yet by Sony.