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Project Q is now named PlayStation Portal, priced at $200

Play your PS5 games on the toilet in 1080p.

Image: Sony / PlayStation Portal
Image: Sony / PlayStation Portal

Back in May, during the PlayStation Showcase 2023, Sony showed off some tidbits about some projects that they had in the works for this year. The handheld device shown off was dubbed “Project Q”.

While that was clearly just a placeholder codename, it showed a split DualSense-style controller with a tablet-shaped screen between it. With such little information available at the time, all we knew was that this was likely the spiritual successor to Sony’s PS Remote Play offerings of the past.

Earlier today, Sony finally unveiled more details about PlayStation Portal, previously known as Project Q. This is Sony’s solution for homes that share a TV.

The device, still looking like it did back in May, sports an 8-inch LCD screen that handles 1080p at 60fps. As many will compare this to the Switch in some ways, the Nintendo Switch only supports 720p when in handheld mode.

Image: Sony / PlayStation Portal, Pulse Elite, and Pulse Explore
Image: Sony / PlayStation Portal, Pulse Elite, and Pulse Explore

While the controller aspect isn’t removable like Nintendo’s Joycon controllers, they look and act similarly to the PlayStation’s own DualSense controllers.

The device has a 3.5mm audio jack if you want to wire in your audio. But, the good news is that, at the same time, Sony also announced a new audio solution for the PlayStation line of products. We talked more about the Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore on GameCrate here.

Of course, there are limitations. Aside from not being able to take the Portal on the go, as the PlayStation Blog indicates, “PS VR2 games, which require the headset, and games that are streamed through PlayStation Plus Premium’s cloud streaming, are not supported.”

The PlayStation Portal will be priced at a nice $199.99 here in the USA. Pre-orders have not yet begun, but they promise they will open up soon. The release date announcement will also likely come when pre-orders are opened up.

Give it time and you will be able to play God of War Ragnarok on the toilet. Or in bed. Or just anywhere across the house. You just need to have your Wi-Fi accessible.

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