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Sony Announces PlayStation Portal: A Portable PS5 Game Streaming Device

Sony has officially announced the upcoming launch of the PlayStation Portal remote player, a handheld device that will stream PS5 games over Wi-Fi. Priced at $199.99, the PlayStation Portal features an eight-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1080p at 60fps. It is set to be available later this year.

The device will connect remotely to the PS5 over Wi-Fi, allowing users to seamlessly switch between playing on their PS5 console and the PlayStation Portal. It can play supported games that are installed on the PS5 and utilizes the same DualSense controllers, featuring adaptive triggers and haptic feedback for an immersive gaming experience.

In addition to gaming, the PlayStation Portal also has media playback capabilities, with a dedicated section on the homescreen for media content mirroring the PS5. However, it does not support local gameplay and requires an internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps, with Sony recommending 15Mbps for optimal performance.

One limitation of the PlayStation Portal is that it is not compatible with Sony's upcoming cloud streaming service for PS5 games. It is primarily designed for remote play of games already installed on the user's PS5. The device does not have Bluetooth, but instead utilizes a new proprietary wireless technology called PlayStation Link, which promises low latency and lossless audio. Sony plans to release a wireless headset and earbuds that support PlayStation Link.

While the battery life of the PlayStation Portal has not been finalized, it is expected to be similar to that of the DualSense controller, which lasts around seven to nine hours. The exact release date of the PlayStation Portal has not been announced, but it is rumored to be available in November.

Sources: The Verge, IGN, CNET