Sony Interactive Entertainment officially presented Project Q, a dedicated handheld gadget that will allow players to play PlayStation 5 games via WiFi remotely. The device was teased at its PlayStation Showcase event and is set to be available later this year.
Using Remote Play, players can remotely play any compatible game installed on their PS5 console through WiFi using Project Q. The gadget incorporates all the functions and features of the DualSense wireless controller, including programmable triggers and haptic feedback.
According to a statement from the manufacturer, the device allows users to stream games from their PS5 when they’re away from their TV. It features an impressive 8-inch LCD screen with up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.
Sony’s decision to enter the portable gaming market again with a streaming handheld shows how the market for portable consoles has evolved. Despite facing competition from rivals like Nintendo, the Tokyo-based electronics giant previously held a significant position in the handheld console market.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said, “It also highlights the tremendous popularity and power of the PS5 as the global development community pushes its advanced capabilities to the limit.”
Sony’s last entry into the portable gaming market was the PlayStation Vita, released in 2012. Sony left the market when the product failed to capture customers. Many firms exited the specialized portable console market during that time as mobile gaming gained popularity.
However, the Switch revitalized the market for portable consoles, leading to its continuous growth. To compete with the Switch, companies like Valve, Asus, Logitech, and Razer have all introduced handheld gaming devices in recent years.
Project Q will be a future accessory for Sony’s PlayStation 5 console
Sony’s concept for a new handheld device compatible with the PlayStation 5 console is distinct from Nintendo’s approach. Due to Nintendo’s closed environment and the hybrid nature of the Switch console, its strongest aspect lies in its first-party exclusives. On the other hand, the Project Q from Sony is promoted as an add-on for the PlayStation 5 gaming system.
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said, “We’re making substantial investments in the future with cutting-edge hardware like PlayStation VR2 and the recently unveiled Project Q. Our expansion into PC, Mobile, and Live Service gaming is reshaping the accessibility and enjoyment of our content.”
The handheld device’s primary usage is Remote Play, which allows users to send games directly from their PS5. It won’t have a library of games one can play directly on a console like the Switch, nor will it be able to broadcast games over the cloud like Logitech G Cloud.
The Project Q PlayStation portable is expected to offer more complex gameplay; however, Sony has not yet revealed how it plans to differentiate it from its rivals.
Sony showcased the first official wireless earphones from PlayStation and a range of new and upcoming games for PlayStation 5, PlayStation VR2, and PC.
The Bluetooth-enabled earbuds are compatible with cell phones and are marketed as providing next-generation audio immersion for both the PS5 and PC platforms. When released later this year, the earbuds will deliver lossless audio with reduced latency, providing an enhanced listening experience.
The event showcased an in-depth, brand-new glimpse of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the highly anticipated game from Insomniac Games, set to release exclusively for PlayStation 5 this fall. In the new clip, Kraven the Hunter and Lizard were just some of the thrilling new foes that gamers may battle as either Miles Morales or Peter Parker.