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Sony’s $199.99 PlayStation Portal will launch on November 15th

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Sony is set to launch its latest gaming innovation, the PlayStation Portal, on November 15th, priced at $199.99. The Playstation Portal features an 8-inch LCD with 1080p resolution (60FPS).

This handheld device will initially be available in the US, UK, and selected regions, with preorders commencing on August 31st via Sony’s official PlayStation Direct storefront. Preorders from other regions and retailers are scheduled for September 29th, reported The Verge.

One striking feature of the PlayStation Portal is its controller design, closely resembling the PS5 DuelSense controllers. These controllers offer adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, providing a gaming experience that mirrors the performance of dedicated DualSense controllers.

Furthermore, the device supports media playback, offering a dedicated section on the home screen that mirrors your PS5. However, it’s worth noting that the PlayStation Portal relies on WiFi for game streaming and does not support local gameplay.

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Surprisingly, The PlayStation Portal does not work with Sony’s upcoming cloud streaming for PS5 games, specifically those requiring a PS Plus Premium membership. Instead, it functions as a means to remotely play PS5 games already installed on your console. It requires a minimum internet connection speed of 5Mbps, with a recommended 15Mbps for optimal performance.

Initial tests by IGN suggest that the PlayStation Portal offers a virtually latency-free experience when playing games over WiFi. While the PlayStation lacks Bluetooth connectivity, it introduces PlayStation Link wireless technology, a proprietary standard for PlayStation devices. This technology promises low latency and lossless audio, complemented by the upcoming release of wireless headsets and earbuds supporting the PlayStation Link.

According to CNET, the device’s battery life is still under finalisation, with Sony aiming for a performance on par with the DualSense controller, approximately seven to nine hours.

Previously known as Project Q, the PlayStation Portal was officially unveiled in May, with its release date rumoured for November.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: [email protected]