Project Q, or the PlayStation Q Lite, is the name of Sony’s new device. We tell you everything you need to know about Project Q, such as its price, features, specs, and more.
Sony has been making handheld games for a long time. With the success of the PSP and the PS Vita, they’ve been a player in the handheld business for a long time. The games for these handhelds, on the other hand, came from special cartridges or memory cards.
By talking about Project Q, the company recently said that it wants to bring back the handheld game market. This console, which was once called PlayStation Q Lite in reports, has been in the news for a while now. Even though the company said it exists, there is no information about when it will be available or how much it will cost.
As we now know, Project Q is meant to work with the PlayStation 5. It’s not a stand-alone gadget; instead, it works with cloud streaming. This is a big part of Sony’s plan for a more connected gaming environment, using the PS5’s power to stream high-quality games while you’re on the go.
So, it’s like the PS VR2, which, even though it’s a very powerful VR gear, needs the PlayStation 5 to work. Sony says that the upcoming handheld gaming machine will let you “stream any game from your PS5 console using remote play over Wi-Fi.” But it still has all of the most important parts of Sony’s DualSense controller.
We go into detail about all of the rumors about Project Q’s prices, specs, and more.
Sony Project Q price rumors
Reports say that the Sony Project Q could cost around $200 USD when it goes on sale. This information comes from when Tom Henderson was on the Iron Lord podcast.
Compared to the other products on the market, the Logitech G-Cloud’s price of $349.99 is high. We hope Sony looks at the Abxylute for ideas on how to make a gadget that only works with the cloud and has no hardware to support it.
Abxylute plans to sell the machine for $229 when it comes out, but it’s cheaper on Kickstarter, and we think the sweet spot for Project Q would be around $200. If it was more expensive, you might not be sure what it could do.
Sony Project Q release date rumors
Jim Ryan, the head of PlayStation, made it clear that Project Q would come out this year. But leaker Tom Henderson says in his most recent tweets that it could land in “mid to late November 2023.”
On the Iron, Lord show, Henderson had said that the game console might come out around November 2023.
The current idea is that Sony wants to release this along with the rumored PlayStation 5 Slim so that they have a healthy refresh of products before the likely launch of the PS5 Pro. As of now, it’s just a report, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Predictions about Sony Project Q
The Sony Project Q is expected to be more like lower-end cloud handhelds. We saw the Logitech G-Cloud and Abxylute’s Cloud Gaming Console come out. The system-on-chips (SoC) in these devices have very little power and are meant to run a video feed instead of local games.
So far, the Razer Edge is the only cloud platform that can be used for local games. This makes it an outlier in the group.
We don’t think Sony will skimp on prices, but we’re hoping for something with more power than the Razer Edge but less than the Logitech G-Cloud. Since the small Abxylute can deliver 1080p at 60 frames per second over the cloud, it might not be a bad idea.
The Abxylute has a chip called MT8365, which came out in 2021. It can work with both DDR4 RAM and eMMC storage. We think Project Q will have about 4GB of RAM, but we also think Sony will try to beat its Japanese rival with better tech.
When we tested the Logitech and Abxylute devices, we found that the biggest problem was how they used Android. When using low-end tools to browse Android, it can sometimes start to lag or stutter. This goes away as soon as you load an app, though.
Logitech put a Snapdragon 720G in its handheld, which is better than the Abxylute portable in terms of technology but is still a few years old. At the end of the day, though, the SoC won’t mean all that much because of how the device was made.