Sony reveals new handheld designed for streaming PS5 video games

What simply occurred? It seems current rumors relating to Sony stepping again into the hand-held sport have been appropriate. Nonetheless, in contrast to the PlayStation Transportable and the PlayStation Vita, the upcoming ‘Mission Q’ system shall be restricted to streaming video games reasonably than rendering them by itself.

At Sony’s latest PlayStation Showcase occasion, the corporate lastly confirmed that it is engaged on a brand new handheld. Internally often called ‘Mission Q,’ it would enable customers to stream non-VR video games from their PlayStation 5 utilizing Distant Play over Wi-Fi.

The Nintendo Change has rapidly turn out to be among the finest selling-consoles of all time, whereas the more-recent Steam Deck and Asus ROG Ally include potent {hardware} that may run even the latest PC titles. Sony’s Mission Q is not a direct competitor to these units, however the firm is clearly intent on taking a share of the rising handheld market.

Particulars concerning the Q’s specs are scarce, however Sony’s press launch does say that it comes with an 8-inch 1080p LCD display with a 60Hz refresh fee. The quick teaser video additionally mentions that it has the entire buttons and options of the DualSense wi-fi controller, together with adaptive triggers and haptic suggestions. That is smart, contemplating that it appears to be like similar to an elongated DualSense controller with a small pill slapped within the center.

Not like Sony’s earlier handhelds, the upcoming Mission Q will not have any devoted video games. Actually, it will not have the ability to play video games by itself in any respect, because it’s purely a streaming system. Hopefully, the Q will enable customers with a PlayStation Plus Premium subscription to stream older-gen video games from the cloud as nicely, permitting it to be extra of a standalone system reasonably than only a PS5 accent.

Sony hasn’t revealed how a lot the upcoming Mission Q handheld will price or when it would launch, however current leaks have talked about that it’d launch later this yr. If you cannot wait till then, a Spine One gamepad coupled with an iPhone or Android system will get you a lot of the approach there.

Peter Johnson