RIP to those hoping Sony will release a successor to the PlayStation Vita. With its recent announcement, PlayStation's plans to address the surging demand for handheld gaming consoles are finally out.
As per the earlier leaks, Sony is working on a handheld device codenamed "Project Q".
PlayStation boss, Jim Ryan, appeared near the tail-end of the recent PlayStation Showcase to introduce this device that's set to redefine gaming ahead of the premiere of the Marvel's Spider-Man 2 gameplay trailer.
Project Q, which should get a different name, is a dedicated streaming device that lets you play any game installed on your PlayStation 5 using Remote Play over a Wi-Fi connection. This lets you enjoy all of your favorite PS5 games without a TV or computer screen. But, what makes this device unique apart from its sleek design is its 8-inch HD LCD screen that can run all games at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second, provided you have a stable Wi-Fi connection. Finally, Project Q sports the same buttons and features as the DualSense, including adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.
So, if you've ever wondered how it would feel to play PS5 games remotely, the Project Q is the answer.
However, it's worth noting that Project Q isn't designed as a cloud gaming device. It's a companion for your PS5 console. In order to play games, you need to buy and install the games on your PS5 first.
It isn't clear yet if Project Q is as portable as it sounds. Sony didn't confirm if you can stream games on the console outside your home. The company currently supports similar connections with Remote Play, so it's possible that Project Q could have this feature.
Sony's foray into the handheld gaming device space is a direct response to the growing popularity of these consoles. After the Nintendo Switch reigned atop the scene for years, Valve came out with the Steam Deck, which has since seen a possible rival such as the Asus ROG Ally. But, the Project Q isn't a direct competitor to these devices. The Project Q is more like the Logitech Cloud. However, we're hoping that it has a lower price point. This way, Project Q can carve out a niche and encourage Sony to pursue a more proper successor to the PlayStation Vita.
Sony promises to share more information about Project Q soon. Until then, you can start saving for the upcoming handheld console.
Speaking of Sony, the PlayStation Showcase was a success. Aside from Marvel's Spider-Man 2, the event also saw the debut of Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater and the gameplay as well as the release date reveal of Assassin's Creed: Mirage.