Sony refuses to learn from its mistakes and seems determined to be the proving case of Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity. The PlayStation itself might be a world-beating success, but every time they try and parlay this into an exciting addition to the range, the stench of failure soon engulfs their efforts.

This is particularly true of handhelds. PSP and PlayStation Vita, anyone? Seemingly determined to make you own some kind of handheld PlayStation whether you want to or not, Sony is persevering. We recently covered the existence of Project Q. Now it is revealed as the PlayStation Portal and will be priced at $199.99 and €219.99.


It is a DualSense controller with an 8-inch LCD screen in the middle of it. The screen is 1080p resolution at 60fps. It is a remote-play handheld device that can stream games from a PS5 console in the home. That’s right- you already need a PlayStation 5 and to be in the same house to use it. The device will not provide access to cloud streaming of games on PlayStation Plus Premium, nor PS VR2 games, the games need to be installed on your main PS5. So no PS5 in your house, no play.

Goddamit Sony! Again? So what’s the point? If I want to play on my PS5 and I am in my home anyway, why won’t I just fire up my PS5? In a blog post, the company says it is:

“…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.”

Who wants to tell them? They really, really haven’t thought this through, have they? You can get a 32″ TV for that price these days if you really need to go to another room and then you also have the added bonus of owning a second TV. Seriously, did somebody really important at Sony come up with this plan and everyone was too scared to point out the idiocy?


The controller has adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, which still doesn’t sound better than owning a second television.


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