Last night’s PlayStation Showcase, the first in nearly 600 days, gasped near the end of the hour-plus presentation as Jim Ryan unveiled new PlayStation hardware. Before seeing Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man 2 expansion trailer, the PlayStation head unwrapped the new handheld, Project Q.
The handheld device looks like an 8-inch screen sandwiched between DualSense and promises to allow owners to use the device over Wi-Fi to play PS5-installed games portable. purpose. The handheld has garnered mixed reactions, but it may have given us an idea of when Project Q will be available. Industry insider Tom Henderson reports that Project Q is “currently scheduled for release in mid-late November 2023.” These predictions are taking shape, as Henderson was the first to break the news that PlayStation was developing a handheld console. Sony also detailed its rough specs before officially unveiling it last night.
The handheld is known only as Project Q for now, but it could get a catchier name closer to launch. The device is said to feature an 8-inch LCD screen capable of 1080p resolution at 60fps. It streams the games installed on the PS5 via Remote Play, so as long as the owner has a good Wi-Fi connection, he can play PS5 games even when he’s away from the TV. The handheld also features all the DualSense buttons and features PS5 owners have come to expect, including adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.
As the cover image suggests, Sony also showed off new earbuds, so the PlayStation-branded new hardware wasn’t limited to Project Q handhelds. These wireless earbuds come in a PlayStation-branded case, and their design is clearly inspired by the PS5. Apparently, these earphones will be equipped with “new wireless technology developed by SIE”. [Sony Interactive Entertainment]Sony says it can deliver lossless audio with low latency (via The Verge). Earphones can be used with PS5, Project Q and PC. It is not clear at the moment if the earbuds will be available Sony has specified only those platforms, so it cannot be used with other devices such as smartphones.
New PlayStation hardware is often an interesting proposition, but it’s unclear how much interest Project Q will generate. While the popularity of the Nintendo Switch and, more recently, Steam Deck and rivals like the Asus ROG Ally have brought handhelds back to life, Project Q itself isn’t a full-fledged handheld, it’s a bespoke streaming device. But we will learn more about Project Q in the coming months.
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