Sony may be planning a comeback in the handheld gaming console market with a new device codenamed “Q Lite,” according to a recent report by Tom Henderson from Insider Gaming. While it won’t be a standalone device like its predecessors, it will be capable of Remote Play, which enables users to stream games from their PS5 console to the handheld.
Although there is no information yet on the specs of the device, it is expected to resemble the PS5 controller and feature an 8-inch LCD touchscreen along with volume controls, an audio-in jack, and built-in speakers. The launch date is rumored to be around the end of 2024, possibly coinciding with the release of the more powerful PS5 Pro.
Sony has a long history of handheld gaming consoles, including the popular PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the PS Vita, which was released in 2011. However, Nintendo currently dominates the handheld console market.
In recent years, Sony has been promoting its PS Remote Play feature, which allows gamers to play PlayStation games on other devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. To do this, a stable internet connection is required, and games can be streamed at up to 1080p resolution at 60fps.
Industry insider Jeff Grubb has previously hinted at Sony’s plans to announce the “second phase of the PS5,” referring to the company’s upcoming game lineup. However, it appears that this second phase also applies to Sony’s hardware offerings, with several new devices set to release in a short period of time.
These include the detachable disc drive PlayStation 5, Project Nomad wireless earphones, Project Voyager wireless headset, and the Q Lite handheld gaming console. It’s been rumored that the PlayStation 5 Pro is also aiming for a holiday 2024 release.
It’s unclear when Sony’s next PlayStation Showcase will be, but it’s expected to be a significant event with the company’s hardware announcements.