Sony announces the PlayStation Portal

The remote play handheld from Sony will be called PlayStation Portal and will retail at $199, €219.99, or £199.99 later this year when it launches.

It has an 8-inch LCD screen, and Sony reports that the 8-inch screen is capable of 1080p resolution at 60fps and a 3.5mm audio jack, and it will not be using Bluetooth.  But no other specifics have been released on the PlayStation Portal.

Although it looks like a gaming handheld device, it is reported that it can only stream games from a PS5 console with remote play. Sony reported in a blog post, “PlayStation Portal will connect remotely to your PS5 over Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to swiftly jump from playing on your PS5 to your PlayStation Portal.” 

So, to use the PlayStation Portal, you will have to own a PS5 for the PlayStation Portal to work.  Also, you will need a wireless internet connection with at least 5Mbps, but Sony recommends at least 15Mbps for a “better experience”. “PlayStation Portal can play supported games that are installed on your PS5 console and use the Dualsense controller.” says Sony.

Sony also reported that cloud game streaming through PlayStation Plus Premium is not supported.

The PlayStation Portal will have full features of the DualSense controller with adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. 

Sony also announced new PlayStation earbuds called “Pulse Explore” and headphones called “Pulse Elite” that will retail reportedly but not a confirmed price of $200 for the earbuds and $150 for the headset.

You will need a USB adapter to connect the earbuds or the headphones to the PS5 via PlayStation Link, which comes in a charging case.  The earbuds can be used on both your PS5 and a Bluetooth device such as your phone and will have dual mics and filter out background noise using “AI-enhanced noise rejection.”

There is no confirmed release date at the time of this posting.

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