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Sony’s Project Q PS5 gaming handheld revealed: What we know so far

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. Called “Project Q”, 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 LCD 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.


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Pricing for this screen-equipped Wi-Fi streaming handheld is unknown, and it’s unclear how Sony will position this device. Is it, as a colleague pointed out, a kind of Wii U tablet for the PS5? Is it a local home Wi-Fi companion for the console? Can it be used on the go? And can it also serve as an everyday DualSense controller with the benefits of a second screen, like Nintendo’s Wii U once did?

According to a source who leaked the news of this handheld originally, the release date could be End of november This year.

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 debuted many expensive accessories for the PlayStation 5 this year. THE PlayStation VR 2a $550 VR headset that attaches to the PS5 with a cable, almost seems like an opposite proposition to what Project Q offers. Sony also offers the pricey DualSense Edge, a $200 customizable professional controller.

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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