PlayStation has officially launched its latest handheld gaming device during today’s PlayStation Showcase event.
To the surprise of many gamers, Sony has finally confirmed its work on a new PlayStation handheld during the PlayStation Showcase live broadcast, but true to previous rumors it may not be. That’s what gamers expect. The latest PlayStation Showcase features a mix of gameplay footage from AAA blockbuster titles and smaller indie titles, with much of the discussion after the show centered around compelling titles like Marvel’s Spider -Man 2 and the newly confirmed remake of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.
With all the major games in the current PlayStation system, not many gamers would have imagined getting to see Sony’s latest handheld console when its existence was first leaked just days ago. last month. Sources claim that the device, tentatively named Q Lite, is not intended to compete with dedicated mobile gaming platforms such as the Steam Deck and other competitors that have emerged after it. Instead, it’s supposed to act as a PlayStation Remote Play device that focuses on game streaming over the cloud.
The new PlayStation handheld was finally revealed at the end of the PlayStation Showcase 2023 event, and it looks like many of the rumors about it just streaming games have been confirmed. It was Jim Ryan who revealed the device and it now has an operational name of “Project Q”. Jim Ryan stated that Project Q will actually only allow players to stream titles from their PlayStation 5 via Remote Play, and any games played on the console will need to be installed on the user’s PS5. On the plus side, Project Q will have all the buttons on the PS5’s DualSense controller along with an 8-inch HD display.
Project Q isn’t the only new PlayStation hardware showcased during today’s PlayStation Showcase live stream, as Jim Ryan also revealed the first pair of official PlayStation-branded gaming headsets. These headsets can connect to PS5, PC or even smartphones using Bluetooth. Ryan claims that the headset will deliver lossless audio at low latency, delivering premium audio quality during gaming.
While not as commercially successful as Nintendo’s legendary handhelds, Sony’s PlayStation Portable and Vita devices were loved by gamers in the late 2000s. Unfortunately, however, gamers expecting a device similar to them with the newly announced Project Q may be disappointed, as Jim Ryan has confirmed that it will only be a PlayStation 5 powered device and not must be a true standalone gaming system in its own right. Sony promises to provide more details about PlayStation’s new Project Q handheld in the coming months.