Sony has officially confirmed rumors that it is working on a portable console that will be able to play PlayStation 5 games via gameplay streaming. The console was announced on Wednesday during the PlayStation Showcase event – it was called Project Q. At the same time, Sony directly refers to the novelty as an accessory for the PS5.
Take a look at the new accessories featured in today’s showcase – the Project Q device for playing games on PS5 over WiFi and the first official wireless headphones to bring lossless sound to PS5 and PC. More details in the coming months”– reports the press service of Sony on Twitter.
Sony notes that Project Q will stream video games from the PlayStation 5 console to a portable device over the Internet using the PS Remote Play feature. The model gets all the controls available in the DualSense wireless controllers. It also gets an 8-inch LCD display that supports resolutions up to 1080p and a frequency of 60 Hz. As with classic controllers, the novelty will have dynamic adaptive triggers and give haptic feedback. The console is set to be unveiled later this year, although it’s not known exactly when and how much it will cost.
Hopes that owners of the console will be able to use it directly with Sony’s gaming cloud service have reportedly not been fulfilled. To play the game on a pocket console, it must be installed on the PlayStation 5 – Project Q is actually just an accessory – a kind of wireless controller with a display, and in functionality it is significantly inferior to SteamDeck or even smartphones.
However, Sony is now one of the few companies with its own cloud service, which is being rebuilt today, as can be seen from the numerous job descriptions posted online. Some experts do not rule out that cloud gaming will be added to Project Q later. It is not yet known if Project Q can be used outside the home. It is known that Remote Play supports connection via cellular, but so far Sony only writes about Wi-Fi.
Rumors of a new console first surfaced earlier this year when Insider Gaming, which detailed the model’s characteristics in general, explained that it was a variant called the Q Lite.
With Project Q, the company is responding to the growing demand for handheld consoles. The Nintendo Switch was and remains an absolute hit of its time, but with the release of Steam Deck and ROG Ally by Valve and ASUS, respectively, the competition will intensify, especially as the new products support more resource-intensive games than the outdated Switch.
In this regard, Project Q is a particular option that allows you to take advantage of the powerful hardware of a stationary console – the PlayStation 5. However, you don’t have to wait for Project Q to premiere to use the Remote Play feature – almost every iPhone, Android smartphone, Windows computer and Mac, and even Linux can be used via the official app instead. In addition, there is even a dedicated Chiaki app for Steam Deck.