The PlayStation Showcase, held last night for the first time in about 600 days, held its breath at the end of an hour-plus presentation as Jim Ryan unveiled the new PlayStation hardware. Before we even saw an extended trailer for Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man 2, the head of PlayStation unveiled a new handheld, the Project Q.
This handheld device looks like an 8-inch screen sandwiched between a DualSense and is intended to allow owners to carry games installed on their PS5 using the device via Wi-Fi. The handheld drew mixed reactions, but we’ll see when Project Q will be available. Industry insider Tom Henderson reported that Project Q is “currently scheduled for release in mid-November 2023.” Henderson is the first to break the news that PlayStation has a handheld in the works, so he’s taking form in these predictions. He also detailed rough specifications before Sony decided to make them official last night.
This handheld is only known as Project Q for now, but it might get a more catchy name closer to launch. The device is said to have an 8-inch LCD screen capable of 1080p resolution at 60 fps. Remote Play streams games installed on the PS5, allowing owners to play PS5 games on their TV as long as they have a good Wi-Fi connection. The handheld also has all the buttons and features of the DualSense, such as the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback PS5 owners have come to expect.
As the cover image suggests, the new PlayStation-branded hardware wasn’t limited to the Project Q handheld, as Sony showed off new earbuds. These wireless earbuds come in a PlayStation-branded case and clearly take design cues from the PS5. Apparently, these earbuds will feature “new wireless technology developed by SIE.” [Sony Interactive Entertainment]According to Sony (via The Verge), it should be able to deliver low-latency lossless audio. The earbuds will work with the PS5, Project Q, and PC. It’s not yet clear if the earbuds will be available. No. Sony has specified these platforms only, so they can be used with other devices such as smartphones.
New PlayStation hardware is often an exciting proposition, but it’s unclear how much attention Project Q will get. While the handheld has seen a resurgence in popularity with the Nintendo Switch and more recently Steam Deck and rivals like the Asus ROG Ally, the Project Q itself isn’t a full handheld, it’s a custom streaming device. However, we will know more about Project Q in the coming months.
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