Many Are Missing PlayStation’s Goals with Project Q

By Anshel Sag, Patrick Moorhead - May 29, 2023

Many people are missing PlayStation’s goals with Project Q – the dedicated PS5 streaming device set to come out later this year. The first step is streaming from your PS5 because that’s the most solid experience. That will allow for honing in on the experience before it starts to enable cloud streaming and eventually streaming over 5G.

The controller is 1:1 mapped to the PS5 Dual Shock controller, and honestly, the PS5 user interface already seems quite touch-friendly. I could see Sony’s hand-held being the most viable competitor to the Steam Deck and Switch with a robust content library and a decent interface.
Sony isn’t jumping into the handheld game head first; this is more of a toe-dip, and with an 8-inch screen, it should be a pretty good experience, especially with a good bezel and reasonable price. I could also see battery life being the best with PS5 local streaming.

If PlayStation prices this thing under $299 because it doesn’t need to do more than stream video and transmit inputs over Wi-Fi, it has a chance of success. This is a simple and inexpensive device, but I could see it being something akin to the Logitech G Cloud experience, which is quite nice. I think that we could also see Sony subsidizing the price when bundled with cloud streaming at a more attractive $199 price point further down the road. Maybe in a few years.

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Anshel Sag is Moor Insights & Strategy’s in-house millennial with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. Anshel has had extensive experience working with consumers and enterprises while interfacing with both B2B and B2C relationships, gaining empathy and understanding of what users really want. Some of his earliest experience goes back as far as his childhood when he started PC gaming at the ripe of old age of 5 while building his first PC at 11 and learning his first programming languages at 13.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.