Sony showcases Project Q handheld PS5 Game Streaming
Sony has announced its development of a PlayStation handheld device, aimed at enhancing the accessibility of playing PS5 games. The announcement took place during the recent PlayStation Showcase event, where the handheld was revealed under the name “Project Q.” Speculations about this portable gaming device had initially emerged earlier this year.
Take a sneak peek at new accessories revealed at today’s Showcase — the Project Q device for playing games installed on your PS5 and streamed over WiFi, plus our first official wireless earbuds offering lossless audio on PS5 and PC.
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Project Q: Sony’s New Handheld Device
Project Q will feature an LCD screen that can run games at up to 1080p and 60fps over Wi-Fi. It will also incorporate the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback found in the DualSense controller.
However, it’s important to note that games played on the Q must be installed on a PlayStation 5 console, as it is designed to complement the PS5 rather than function as a standalone gaming device like the Steam Deck or smartphones.
Although the current information suggests that the Q will not support native game streaming or cloud gaming, it’s worth mentioning that Sony is known for its cloud gaming service, which it may enhance in the future. This could potentially expand the Q’s capabilities, enabling game streaming and providing more revenue-generating services for Sony.
Sony’s decision to develop Project Q appears to be a response to the growing popularity of handheld gaming devices. While the Nintendo Switch has been tremendously successful, newer devices such as Valve’s Steam Deck and ASUS ROG Ally are offering more advanced hardware to play modern games.
Project Q, with its unique limitation of Wi-Fi game streaming, provides Sony enthusiasts with a Sony-made option to enjoy the latest PlayStation games on a handheld device.
Future Updates and Availability
Sony’s teaser did not address the ability to stream games outside of the home Wi-Fi network. Although Sony’s Remote Play currently supports cellular connections, it remains unclear if the Q will have this functionality.
Sony has stated that more information and availability details will be provided in the coming months, so interested individuals should stay tuned for updates.
Speaking on the announcement, Jim Ryan SIE, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO, said:
We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of a specialized device, internally referred to as ‘Project Q.’ This device will allow you to effortlessly stream any game from your PS5 console to it using Remote Play, utilizing Wi-Fi connectivity. Project Q boasts an 8-inch HD screen and incorporates all the buttons and features found in the DualSense wireless controller.