Sony officially announced its new PlayStation handheld device for PS5 code-named “Project Q.” It was stated by Tom Handerson in his recent tweet that the 8-inch device is most likely to arrive in November.
Project Q is a streaming device that allows users to transmit PS5 games directly onto its screen from the PS5 console using a wifi connection. It’s pretty cool, right?
Sony is responding to the handheld gaming that Microsoft has had a significant presence in for recent years, However, Sony has its work cut out for it when it comes to marketing this device. Although I think convincing consumers that this device is superior to a smartphone or tablet using a Bluetooth tethered controller and remote play won’t be an easy task, since it’s already possible to stream PS5 games to Macs, iOS, PCs, and Android devices
We only got a brief insight into the Project Q device at the PlayStation showcase, but I know there will be a more interesting and greater reveal from Sony later this year, so let’s anticipate.
Project Q Release date
Sony hasn’t announced an exact release date for the project Q device yet, but according to Tom Henderson’s recent tweet, it is most likely scheduled to be launched in mid-late November 2023.
Project Q Pricing
Another unknown mystery about Project Q is its pricing. For all we know, this device may be sold at a premium price, as Sony devices tend to be expensive. Just consider the PS VR 2 kit, which alone sells for $550, and the increased price of the PS5 console. In comparison, the G Cloud handheld gaming control is normally sold at $350, while both the OLED Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck have respective prices of $350 and starting from $500 on sale.
Project Q features
Project Q has an HD LCD screen with dual controller attachments on both sides similar to the PS5 DualSense controller. This device will allow PS5 users to stream their favourite PS5 games directly on their portable screen. The screen is 1080p with a 60Hz refresh rate, which should help render a sharp image considering that screen size.
When it is fully charged, it is said that you’ll get around 3-4 hours of playtime. Sony hasn’t mentioned whether you’ll be able to use the PS5 handheld device outside of your home, but we presumed the device will be able to stream PS5 games on the go without any hassle.
Additionally, Project Q comes with an adaptive trigger system and a button layout reminiscent of the Dualsense wireless controller. In contrast to the integrated designs found in the Switch, Rog Alloy, and Steam Deck, this interface boasts a vertical light piping feature that runs across each grip, showcasing a design inspired by the DualSense controller.
How Project Q Works
To stream your PS5 games on this device, you’ll need to have the games installed on your PS5 console. This means that the games won’t run natively on the device, and in addition, you’ll also require a strong Wi-Fi connection. Sony might extend the PlayStation handheld feature to cloud streaming, which will really make sense. But even with the cloud streaming, we don’t know whether PS5 owners will want a handheld console that only plays games with an internet connection.
In conclusion, the success of Project Q hinges on Sony’s ability to effectively market and differentiate its handheld device in a market saturated with gaming options. With further details and a more comprehensive reveal anticipated in the future, gamers eagerly await the arrival of Project Q and the potential it holds for portable PlayStation gaming.