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PlayStation Portal handheld streaming console revealed

The PlayStation Portal will allow players to stream PS5 games to a handheld console.
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Sony has officially unveiled the PlayStation Portal, formerly known as ‘Project Q‘ – a handheld device for streaming games from PS5 consoles. As revealed, the Portal will release later in 2023, priced around US $199.99. An exact release date is yet to be confirmed, but Sony has now revealed a complete specs breakdown so keen buyers know what to expect.

Per these details, the PlayStation Portal includes an 8-inch 1080p LCD screen with 60FPS functionality, and handles that mimic the traditional PS5 DualSense controllers, with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback for compatible games. The device will connect to a home PS5 over Wi-Fi (5Mbps minimum, 15Mbps recommended), with players then able to play any games from the console on their remote device.

Notably, PS VR2 games and games that are streamed through PlayStation Plus Premium’s cloud streaming are not supported – which is strange, given the nature of the Portal as a dedicated streaming device.

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Regardless, the PlayStation Portal may be a handy device for those who prefer gaming away from a television set. In the era of the Nintendo Switch and the rise of handheld PC gaming devices, the PlayStation Portal supports a desire for portability and flexibility while gaming. Given it’s tailor-made for PS5 games, it should also have improved functionality over existing Remote Play options, allowing for a more streamlined gameplay experience.

Sony has promised new details in the coming months, as the PlayStation Portal heads towards launch.

Alongside the console’s latest update, the company has also revealed new looks at accompanying audio accessories – the Pulse Elite wireless headset, and the Pulse Explore wireless earbuds.

The Pulse Elite (US $149.99) offers AI-enhanced noise filtering, lossless audio, and a retractable mic. The Pulse Explore (US $199.99) offers a more ‘portable audio experience’ with dual mics and AI-enhanced noise filtering. As with the PlayStation Portal, a firm release date for these devices has not been locked in.

For now, those keen to learn more about these upcoming releases will need to stay tuned for more details. The PlayStation Portal, Elite, and Explore are all expected to launch by the end of 2023.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.