PlayStation Portal: The Good and the Bad

PlayStation Portal: The Good and the Bad

News by Roberto Orosa
Published: November 16, 2023

In an effort to reenter the handheld gaming arena, Sony has finally introduced the PlayStation Portal: A $200 device that promises a unique gaming experience.

One of the standout features of the Portal is its integration of the DualSense controller design, ensuring a seamless and familiar gaming experience.

Players can enjoy their favorite titles without the need for button remapping or adapting to awkward controls, a common challenge faced by users of other gaming handhelds.

The device also boasts an impressive 8-inch LCD screen with solid black levels, supporting up to 1080p Full HD video at 60 frames per second.

With a commendable eight-hour battery life, the Portal ensures extended gaming sessions without performance fluctuations, a notable advantage over the majority of its competitors.

An Unconventional Handheld 

Unlike its counterparts which install games locally, the Portal mirrors the entire PS5 interface, allowing users to stream games from the console remotely. This feature enables gaming on the go, providing an enticing alternative to traditional handhelds.

However, challenges arise in the form of the Portal's limitations in terms of portability.

The device can only stream locally installed games from the PS5, excluding titles available through PS Plus Premium subscription streaming.

Additionally, it's also reliant on Wi-Fi 5, potential streaming disruptions during intense gaming moments and limitations on game streaming.

These limitations may raise questions about the Portal's suitability for a broader audience.

In a market where free alternatives like the Sony's own PS Remote Play app exists, the $200 price tag of the Portal may be a point of contention.

The app provides similar functionality on laptops, tablets and phones, making the Portal's convenience and superior screen a critical factor in its success.

As Sony aims to capture a niche market with the PlayStation Portal, the device's unique features, DualSense controller integration, and attractive display, coupled with its competitive pricing, will determine its success in the dynamic handheld gaming landscape.

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