The Q Handheld with an 8-inch Screen and PS5 Game Streaming
Sony is developing a handheld device called Project Q that will allow you to easily play your PS5 games. This exciting announcement was made during the PlayStation Showcase, with PlayStation boss Jim Ryan confirming the news. Project Q will feature an 8-inch HD screen and include all the buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller.
Using Remote Play over Wi-Fi, the Q handheld will enable you to stream games from your PS5 console. The device will have an LCD screen capable of running games at up to 1080p and 60fps, providing a high-quality gaming experience. It will also incorporate the adaptive triggers and haptic feedback of the DualSense controller.
The Q handheld is set to launch later this year, along with the PlayStation Bluetooth earbuds. Sony has not disclosed the exact release date or price of the device.
It’s worth mentioning that games played on the Q must be installed on a PlayStation 5 console. The Q is designed to complement the PS5, unlike other devices such as the Steam Deck or phones that can play games natively or stream them from the cloud. However, Sony is known for its cloud gaming service and may introduce cloud gaming to the Q in the future.
Although Sony did not address whether the Q can be used for game streaming outside of the home, it is currently possible to use Sony’s Remote Play feature over cellular connections if tethered to a phone or hotspot.
Rumors about the handheld device, previously referred to as the Q Lite, emerged earlier this year. The reports accurately described features such as the 8-inch LCD screen, similarity to the DualSense controller, and maximum resolution and frame rate.
With Project Q, Sony is entering the handheld gaming market in response to the growing popularity of devices like the Nintendo Switch, Valve’s Steam Deck, and Asus’ ROG Ally. While Project Q has its unique restriction of Wi-Fi game streaming only, it offers a promising option for those seeking a Sony-made handheld to play the latest PlayStation games.
If you don’t want to wait for the Q, you can try Remote Play on your iPhone, Android phone, Windows, or Mac. There’s even a Linux app called Chiaki that can be loaded onto the Steam Deck for Remote Play.