After teasing the device at the last State of Play showcase, Sony officially announced its handheld device’s new name, previously codenamed Project Q.
The PlayStation Portal (yes, really) is a “remote player” with an 8-inch LCD screen with up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second and a 3.5mm audio jack. Outside of what the device would do, the other underlying question was how much the device would cost. Sony confirmed that the PlayStation Portal will retail for $199.99, with a release date slated for later this year.
The name of the PlayStation Portal is interesting as its abbreviation is “PSP,” the same as the PlayStation Portable, Sony’s handheld game console first released in 2004. While the PSP was a dedicated game console, the Portal is designed to allow PS5 players to play their favorite games from the palm of their hand.
PlayStation Portal is an extension of the remote play feature Sony previously rolled out, allowing you to use your smart device to play your PS4 or PS5 games on the go. Though the most common way to use remote play was the remote play app via your smartphone, though connecting it was cumbersome when trying to leave your house and was better suited for playing at home.
For more information on PlayStation Portal, my colleague Bo Moore got to demo the gaming handheld and shared his first impressions of the device.
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