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Sony Unveils Details of the $200 PlayStation Portal, Previously Project Q 

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PlayStation Portal

Sony has revealed new details about its handheld gaming device, previously known as Project Q. The device is now officially named the PlayStation Portal. 

This innovative gadget resembles the DualSense controller, featuring an 8-inch LCD screen at its center. According to a blog post on the PlayStation website, the screen can deliver 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second. The device will also feature a 3.5mm audio jack for headphone connectivity. 

The PlayStation Portal offers a unique gaming experience designed primarily for those who share a living room TV or wish to enjoy PS5 games from another room within their home. The device connects remotely to a PS5 console over Wi-Fi, allowing a seamless transition from the console to the Portal. It's important to note that the Portal serves as a streaming device. Therefore, it exclusively plays supported games installed on the connected PS5 console using the DualSense controller.

However, the Portal has its limitations. It does not grant access to cloud streaming of games through PlayStation Plus Premium. This means that users must own a PS5 console for the device to function as intended. Additionally, it does not support PS VR2 games that require a headset or games streamed via PlayStation Plus Premium's cloud service.

“Games that must be streamed on PS5 using a PS Plus Premium membership are not compatible,” part of the blog reads. 

The announcement follows Sony's previous teaser during the State of Play showcase, officially unveiling the handheld device's new name. The choice of the name “PlayStation Portal” is intriguing, as its initials coincide with those of the iconic PlayStation Portable (PSP), Sony's handheld gaming console introduced in 2004. 

Price and Release Date

The PlayStation Portal will cost $199.99 when it launches. The PlayStation Portal is slated to be released later this year. 

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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.