Sony’s Project Q PS5 streaming handheld will launch this year
Project Q is real, and it’s coming soon, Sony confirmed at today’s PlayStation Showcase event. Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, revealed the existence of the next handheld.
“Later this year, we will be launching a dedicated device that will allow you to stream any game from your PS5 console, using remote play over Wi-Fi,” the executive noted at the end of the event. . “Known internally as ‘Project Q’, it has an 8” HD screen and all the buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller. We look forward to sharing more information in the near future .
Really, the device is a PlayStation controller with an eight-inch screen stuck in the middle. It’s a departure from more traditional gaming handhelds, to say the least. In fact, it shares more design features with the recently announced (yesterday) Backbone One PlayStation Edition smartphone controller. In fact, you can easily classify Project Q as a PS5 accessory/peripheral.
The device is the latest in a long line of cloud gaming systems (which have been spotty to say the least), and a clear vote of confidence from Sony in the future of remote gaming.
The screen is 1080p resolution, with 60fps playback, streamed directly from the user’s PlayStation 5. The controller, meanwhile, brings all the functionality of the DualSense, including haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
“It also highlights the enormous popularity and power of the PS5 as the global development community rallies together to push its advanced capabilities to the limit,” Ryan said after the event. We’re investing heavily in the future with top-notch innovative hardware like PlayStation VR2 and the new Project Q, and our expansion into PC, mobile and live games is transforming how and where our content can be enjoyed.
More information – including pricing and, possibly, an official name – will be available soon.
“PlayStation’s first-ever official wireless headphones” were also announced at the event. Sony promises lossless, low-latency audio specifically designed for gaming. They are standard headphones, from the sound, which means that they can also be connected to a PC or a smartphone. Sony certainly has a good track record on the front of the headset, so the sound will no doubt be solid.