Sony is really launching a PS5 handheld

Project Q aims to bring PS5 games from the big to the small screen.  (Source: Sony)

Project Q aims to bring PS5 games from the big to the small screen. (Source: Sony)

On the evening of May 24, 2023, Sony presented some gaming highlights, but the technology did not go unnoticed either. In addition to dedicated PlayStation 5 earbuds, the Japanese also showed the already rumored handheld, which focuses entirely on streaming PS5 titles from the console.

Project Q so it’s real and it looks like a DualSense controller with a screen.

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8 inch monitor between two handles

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that Project Q (no official name yet) will feature an 8-inch screen and will have all the features found on the DualSense controllers.

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That means: Project Q will also have haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

The display itself will have a resolution of 1080p and display 60 FPS.

Remote Gaming als Basis

Project Q is in a long line of cloud gaming devices that have had mixed success so far. However, this also shows that Sony is investing in the future of cloud gaming.

With the Project Q you can stream games from the PlayStation 5 to the handheld. It can therefore be assumed that it is not a separate handheld, such as Nintendo’s switch, but a pure streaming device. This would put you in direct competition with the Steam Deck, which can also stream games via PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass, among other things.

According to the fine print at the end of the Sony presentation, the games must be installed on a PlayStation 5 console itself.

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Our editor Jan was already skeptical when the rumors about Project Q started to germinate:

availability and price

Both a concrete release date and the price are still pending. At the event, Jim Ryan said that Project Q later this year will come.

We can only speculate about the retail price. The Logitech G Cloud is 360 euros, so Project Q will probably be in these price spheres.

Here’s the trailer for Project Q:

Project Q - First trailer for the new PS5 handheld

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Project Q – First trailer for the new PS5 handheld

Sony saddles the handheld horse, but relies on streaming for a designated console. Do you think the bravery of the Japanese will be rewarded? Do you want to bring games from TV to a handheld? Do you see any use in that? Or do you think Sony would be better off with a Vita 2 or PSP 2? Our comment column is open to your opinions.

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