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PlayStation reveals the portable ‘Portal’ device, but what is it?

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Sony PlayStation 5 owners can now enjoy their gaming on the go. Well, kind of.

Rumours had been circulating for months that Sony was working on a portable PlayStation device. Now, the company has finally lifted the lid on what they’ve been working on: the PlayStation Portal.

Companion device

From the outset, Sony has made it clear that the PlayStation Portal is a companion device for the PlayStation 5, and not a self-standing machine. This means the PlayStation Portal acts as a portable screen and controller which the PS5 console can ‘cast’ or mirror to. This essentially means that the PlayStation Portal is a device dedicated to enhancing the PS5’s remote play capability.

What makes it special is that the Portal brings the PS5 experience to the palm of your hand. It includes the key features of the DualSense wireless controller, including adaptive triggers and haptic feedback. The left and right side of the DualSense controller is mounted to a vibrant 8-inch LCD screen capable of 1080p resolution at 60fps.

PlayStation says the Portal is “the perfect device for gamers in households where they might need to share their living room TV or simply want to play PS5 games in another room of the house.”

Wi-Fi connection

The device will connect remotely to your PS5 over Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to swiftly jump from playing on your PS5 to your PlayStation Portal. It also includes a 3.5mm audio jack for wired audio. 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 remote player will launch worldwide on 15 November 2023 for $200 (around R3 700). Local South African pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed.

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