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Is Sony working on a new PlayStation handheld?

Is it time for a handheld revival?

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UPDATE 8/23/2023: Well, it’s official. To answer this headline’s question, yes they were it’s out now. Sony took the wrap of the PlayStation Portal, and it’s basically a portable PlayStation 5 that confirms most of the report down below. Read the update here: Sony’s PlayStation Portal is basically a portable PS5. The original story follows below.

Insider Gaming revealed that Sony is developing a handheld device codenamed Q Lite, hinting at a possible revival of handheld gaming.

The Q Lite will not be a standalone handheld system like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, and it will allegedly require a PlayStation 5.

The Q Lite will look to rival competitors by offering Remote Play, not cloud streaming.

Sony has recently been promoting their Remote Play feature as they strive to gain a foothold in the remote gaming market, where Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming has had a significant presence.

Despite this competition, Sony remains committed to developing their Remote Play feature, which allows users to stream games from their PlayStation consoles to other devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers.

This seems…..lame

No Internet? No play.

According to Insider Gamer, the upcoming Q Lite device will support adaptive streaming of games up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, with a constant internet connection required.

While some gamers may have concerns about this requirement, it’s worth noting that Microsoft faced similar pushback when they initially launched the Xbox One with a similar requirement, ultimately reversing course.

As for the Q Lite’s design, Insider Gaming reports that it will resemble a PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, complete with adaptive triggers, volume buttons, speakers, and an audio input jack.

However, the device will also feature an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the center, adding a unique and innovative gaming experience.


When will it release?

According to Insider Gaming, the Q Lite device is still being tested but is expected to be released before the PlayStation 5 Pro in 2024.

Sony is also working on other projects, including a detachable disc drive for the PlayStation 5 and wireless earphones and headsets.

Some people may worry that Sony is trying to do too much at once, but Sony is known for being innovative in the gaming industry.

It will be interesting to see how these new projects work out and if Sony remains a major player in the gaming market.

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  1. Gamer Gunk Gabe

    April 10, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    With competition like the Steam Deck or even the Switch, making a streaming-only handheld in this market makes absolutely no sense. Nintendo tried this with the Wii U and it failed. I don’t think an unlimited data subscription is going to work very well on a technical level in most areas of the world, on top of the fact that without a 5g data subscription, it is relegated to Wi-Fi only which (besides wifi hotspots or a friend’s house) essentially makes this a wifi only device. If it’s wifi only for most people then they probably won’t even bother to take it outside their home. At that point, for someone like me at least, it becomes functionally the same as the Wii U controller but for the PS5. Only this time, it’s an extra device you have to purchase. Super duper lame if true. Mark my words here and now internet: this “console” will be doo doo stinky upon arrival. Long live the PSP.

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