Despite all the ups and downs in the handheld game console space over the years, one of Sony’s biggest successes has been support for local game streaming, otherwise known as Remote Play. Allowing remote playback of PS3 and PS4/PS5 consoles on Playstation Portable and PS Vita respectively has been a hallmark of Sony consoles for the past decade and a half. Although Sony no longer makes mobile gaming devices, the company is still keen to leverage its Remote Play capabilities to provide new experiences and sell new hardware. To that end, Sony this week unveiled its remote play device for the PS5.
PlayStation Portal is designed to enable mobile gaming experiences for PlayStation 5 owners. It comes with an 8-inch 1080p LCD screen, with the ability to play Remote Play and stream games at up to 60 frames per second. While a PlayStation Portal is a device that has its own system-on-a-chip that runs its own operating system and connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi, the Portal is not designed to play games on its own and can only enable remote play on a PS5 using Wi-Fi.
PlayStation Portal has been designed to expand the PS5 experience as much as possible, and comes with controllers that closely resemble the design and functionality of the PS5 DualSense controllers. These integrated controllers provide players with familiar tactile feedback and adaptive triggers, ensuring a consistent gaming experience. Additionally, the device houses the PlayStation 5’s home screen, providing a dedicated media playback section.
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Meanwhile, PlayStation Portal will not be compatible with Sony’s expected cloud streaming service for PS5 titles, according to the company. the edge. This means that the mobile device is only able to stream games already installed on the user’s PS5 console, and not from anywhere else.
Despite the device’s general simplicity, Sony also made a notably odd choice with regard to its audio capabilities. In short, the mobile device lacks Bluetooth audio support. Instead, Sony is using the gateway to introduce its PlayStation Link wireless technology, which promises to deliver lossless, lag-free audio. As a result, the mobile device is not compatible with existing wireless headphones from Apple, Beats, Samsung, and even Sony itself. In order to get wireless audio out of the gate, players will have to use Sony’s new wireless headphones and earphones, which will be released alongside the portable device and will be the first audio devices to support PlayStation Link. Fortunately, for those who prefer wired audio, the device also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack.
While many details about PlayStation Portal have been shared, Sony has yet to reveal some specifications, such as expected battery life. However, indications are that Sony is aiming for similar battery life for its DualSense controller, which ranges from seven to nine hours, according to the company. Cnet. In any case, Sony left itself plenty of time to work out these details; Right now, the device lacks a public release date, with Sony saying Portal will be released “later this year.”