In an earlier showcase event, Sony officially announced the development of a PlayStation handheld device aimed at enhancing the accessibility of playing PS5 games. The company announced the product, the so called Project Q
PlayStation“We will launch a dedicated device that enables you to stream any game from your PS5 console using Remote Play over Wi-Fi,” PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said during the PlayStation Showcase. “Internally known as ‘Project Q,’ it has an 8-inch HD screen and all of the buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller.”
In more detail, the handheld device will be equipped with an LCD screen that supports games running at up to 1080p resolution and 60 FPS. It will also incorporate the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback features found in the DualSense controller. The release date and pricing details for the Q handheld have not been disclosed by Sony, although it is slated to be launched later this year, similar to the recently announced PlayStation Bluetooth earbuds.
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As indicated in the disclaimer at the bottom of Sony’s presentation, the games played on the Q handheld device must be installed on a PlayStation 5 console. The Q is intended to serve as a companion device for your existing PS5, rather than operating as a standalone platform like a Steam Deck, phone, or cloud streaming device.
During Sony’s brief teaser, it was not clarified whether the Q handheld device would support game streaming outside of the user’s home. Sony’s Remote Play feature currently allows for connections over cellular networks, but it may require tethering the Q to a phone or hotspot since Sony has specifically mentioned Wi-Fi without elaborating on other connectivity options.