Wednesday, November 15, 2023

The PlayStation Portal Appears to Fulfill a Specific Niche

I wrote about how Sony was working on a sorta-kinda handheld device back in May of this year. It was called Project Q then but now is known as the PlayStation Portal. It lets you play your PS5 games and such on a handheld device, but only if you're basically on the same Wi-fi connection as your console. In other words, it is like a dedicated second screen that will allow you to play your PS5 from upstairs in bed if its down in the living room. That, or you might be in the aforementioned living room with a loved one watching television and you want to play the PS5 but hang out in that room. Well, break out your PlayStation Portal and you're all set! This is more of a PlayStation accessory/an extension of your PS5 than a true dedicated portable PlayStation like the ones Sony made previously and struggled to have catch on against the almighty portable console maker that is Nintendo. 

All of that said, it seems the PlayStation Portal does what it was designed to do and does it well. As long as you have a decent internet connection the device has a crisp screen, responsive controls, and so forth. It may be for a, "Bizarrely narrow audience," who want to drop $200 for remote play in their home, but at least it gets the job done. I give it props for that much in this era where so many products seem to launch in a horribly buggy and busted state. Basically, expectations were low, but it meets said expectations. Should you be in the admittedly small target audience for this device, it goes on sale today.

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