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Sony’s PS5 streaming Project Q handheld is launching this year


Project Q is real, and it’s coming, Sony confirmed at today’s PlayStation Showcase event. Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed the existence of the upcoming handheld.

“Later this year we will be launching a dedicated device that will allow you to stream any game from your PS5 console, using remote play over Wi-Fi,” the exec noted at the event. “Known internally as ‘Project Q’, it has an 8-inch HD screen and all the buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller. We look forward to sharing more information in the near future.”

Really, the device is a PlayStation controller with an eight-inch screen in the center. It’s a break from more traditional gaming handhelds, to say the least. It even shares more design features with the recently (yesterday) announced Backbone One PlayStation Edition smartphone controller. You could even easily classify Project Q as a PS5 accessory/peripheral.

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The device is the latest in a long line of cloud gaming systems (which have been uneven to say the least), and a clear vote of confidence from Sony in the future of remote gaming.

The screen has a resolution of 1080p, with a playback rate of 60fps, streamed directly from the user’s PlayStation 5. The controller, meanwhile, offers all of the DualSense features, including haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

“It also highlights the massive popularity and power of the PS5 as the global development community gathers to push its advanced capabilities to the limit,” Ryan said after the event. We are investing heavily in the future with innovative best-in-class hardware such as PlayStation VR2 and the recently unveiled Project Q, and our expansion into PC, mobile and Live Service gaming is transforming how and where our content can be enjoyed.”

More information coming soon, including pricing and perhaps an official name.

“PlayStation’s first-ever official wireless earbuds” were also announced at the event. Sony promises low-latency, lossless audio tailored specifically for gaming. They’re standard earbuds, it sounds like, meaning they can also be connected to a PC or smartphone. Sony certainly has a good track record when it comes to headphones, so the sound is bound to be solid.

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