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.