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Sony has a new PlayStation handheld coming, for streaming

THE playstation vita is long gone, but Sony is making a return to gaming handhelds — in a sense. During Sony’s latest PlayStation Games Showcase on Wednesday, the company unveiled a surprise new device that’s slated to arrive later this year. It looks a lot like a giant screen merged with a DualSense controller.

The handheld, which should play all PlayStation games over Wi-Fi, has an 8-inch HD screen and a controller that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has promised to have all the features of the DualSense which is standard on the PlayStation 5.

Streaming handhelds are a definite trend now, with Android devices like Logitech G Cloud and the Razer edge. It’s unclear how or if Sony’s new handheld will work offline, but it’s clearly touted as a second screen and mobile playback option for the PS5. Meanwhile, the Backbone One game controller, which has a PlayStation partnership and works with phones to play PS5 games wirelessly via streaming, has just announced an Android-compatible model.


A preview of the handheld next to the PS5 for comparison.

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Sony’s second-screen PS5 gaming handheld looks exciting, although the price isn’t known. A screen that big could make games look great, and a full controller would make it just as responsive, perhaps, as playing on the PS5 itself. Maybe, just maybe, Sony could one day consider a new Vita too?


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