The news: Sony is going after the Nintendo Switch and the Valve Steam Deck with its own take on a handheld mobile console, the PlayStation Q.
At the PlayStation Showcase event, Sony previewed the PlayStation Q as well as wireless earbuds and a slew of game updates coming in the next few months.
What is the PlayStation Q? The system is built around an 8-inch display and DualSense controllers that focus on Sony’s Remote Play feature, which can stream non-VR games from a PlayStation 5 over Wi-Fi to the device. It’s expected to be available at the end of the year.
What it isn’t: Unlike the Switch and the Steam Deck, which are standalone gaming devices, PlayStation Q cannot play games on its own—it needs to be connected to a PlayStation 5. It’s essentially a remote controller with a dedicated display.
Zooming into the handheld gaming console market:
Does a streaming handheld even make sense? The PlayStation Q seems like a half-measure for Sony. It is not the PlayStation Portable or PS Vita successor many had hoped.
The problem: Remote Play compatibility is the PlayStation Q’s key feature. However, millions of smartphones, tablets, and PCs can already connect remotely to PlayStation consoles using an app.
Our take: The PlayStation Q isn’t a threat to the Nintendo Switch or the Steam Deck, both of which have a dedicated fan base and large game libraries. But it does show Sony’s commitment to game streaming and building peripherals for existing consoles.
(Source: Sony )