Good Bye Project Q, Hello PlayStation Portal

PlayStation is finally ready to talk more about its upcoming portable gaming device, formerly known as the PlayStation Project Q. Now dubbed PlayStation Portal, this device hasn’t changed since we last saw it, which is a DualSense controller split in half and attached to an 8-inch 1080p 60hz display. But now we have a price, and it’s much less than I assumed it would be, coming in at $199.99, which undercuts even Logitech’s G Cloud, priced at $199.99.

As for how the PlayStation Portal will be used, that hasn’t changed either, and this is still a glorified way of streaming your PlayStation 5 games to the device. This means that you don’t need to be in the same room or network to play on the PlayStation Portal; just as long as there’s connectivity to the device, it will all work.

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Sadly, the PlayStation Portal doesn’t appear to support Bluetooth, meaning there’s no way to connect your PlayStation Bluetooth audio devices. Instead, PlayStation is offering yet another technology called “PlayStation Link,” which will work with the PlayStation Portal. Along with that, there are several new PlayStation Link devices being released. That’s a bummer, as PlayStation is pulling an Apple move and forcing those who pick up the PlayStation Portal to purchase new audio devices.

There still doesn’t appear to be any word about the battery size or life, which I’m worried about. This is mainly due to the battery life of the PlayStation DualSense, especially the DualSense Elite, which is not long. We need more information about this.

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As for who this is for, that’s still undecided, at least to me. If you already have something, say a Steam Deck or something similar, there are ways to stream PS5 games to those devices. But for those who don’t, this could be worthwhile, as long as you don’t mind this device being able to do nothing but stream games. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find this interesting, as I play my PlayStation 5 often and can stream my games already. I want to take advantage of the Haptic Feedback, which I feel is the best win for this device.

The PlayStation Portal will be going up for pre-order at a later date. But given what we’ve learned so far, what do you think about the PlayStation Portal? Do you like the name? Would you consider getting one for yourself? Let us know in the comments!