Sony will introduce a new PlayStation handheld device, codenamed Q Lite, according to whistleblower Tom Henderson, with the goal of becoming another hardware product that requires PlayStation 5 like the PS VR2.
Jeff Grubb also stated that prior to the announcement of Sony’s new handheld Sony had a cloud streaming handheld and recommended customers temper their expectations.
Tom says the “Q Lite” is a handheld based on the PS5’s remote play capability, not a cloud game streaming device. It is now in the testing phase and is expected to be released before next year’s unannounced PlayStation 5 Pro, but no later than the 2023 PS5 with a removable hard drive.
The new device has adaptive graphics that can reach 1080p at 60 frames per second but must be fully connected to the Internet.
In early prototypes, the handheld appeared to resemble a PlayStation 5 controller but with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the middle. The device is said to include customizable buttons that provide “haptic feedback,” as well as volume controls, speakers, an audio-in port, and other features.
It’s worth noting that this so-called “Phase 2” includes a number of hardware devices, including the updated PS5 with a removable hard drive, the Project Nomad wireless headset, the Project Voyager wireless headset, and the Q Lite portable, all of which are expected to be released in the near future.
Of course, the release of the PlayStation 5 Pro for the Christmas holidays is the most important goal for everyone. So no matter when Sony’s next PlayStation Showcase takes place, it will be a spectacular event.