PlayStation Portal Remote Player Will Cost $199

PlayStation Portal
(Image credit: Sony)

PlayStation has confirmed an official launch price for the new PlayStation Portal remote player handheld, which was announced as being in development back in April. Users can expect a launch price of $199.99 (USD) for the new PlayStation Portal remote player when it’s released later this year.

The PlayStation Portal is a portable device featuring an 8-inch LCD screen with 1080p resolution and a refresh rate of 60 fps. It has haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, similar to the DualSense wireless controller, and is intended to work in tandem with the PS5 console over Wi-Fi.

The idea behind this handheld is to serve as an extension of the console. Any compatible games on the PS5 can be played on the PlayStation Portal remote player. Games that use the DualSense controller should be compatible but games that require additional hardware might not work. Users can also connect external audio peripherals using its 3.5mm audio jack.

Anything related to PS VR2 will not be compatible, as users must use the headset and VR controllers to interface. It’s also worth noting that games must be installed locally on the PS5. Anything hosted through PlayStation Plus Premium’s cloud streaming cannot be played on the PlayStation Portal remote player.

Because the PlayStation Portal remote player works in tandem with the PS5, it’s not in direct competition with other handhelds such as the Steam Deck or Asus ROG Ally. This also lends to its lower price threshold of $199. Though it’s possible this price might change in the future, it’s nice to have an official say so from Sony on the matter to set expectations.

You can read more about the PlayStation Portal remote player as well as new products, including the Pulse Elite wireless headset and Pulse Explore wireless earbuds, in the official announcement shared to the PlayStation blog.

Ash Hill
Freelance News and Features Writer

Ash Hill is a Freelance News and Features Writer with a wealth of experience in the hobby electronics, 3D printing and PCs. She manages the Pi projects of the month and much of our daily Raspberry Pi reporting while also finding the best coupons and deals on all tech.

  • Giroro
    $200 is way, way too much money for what is basically a glorified WiiU controller, especially since everybody can already stream the same games directly to their phones.

    $200 would be a hard sell if this were an actual portable console from Sony, which it's not. Given their track record, Sony would probably even have a hard time selling this for $200 if it were a fully featured tablet, which it's not.
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  • atomicWAR
    Hard pass...
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  • txfeinbergs
    This thing is a joke (or at least it should have been)
    Reply
  • usertests
    If it's hackable (I thought it was running custom Android) and it goes on fire sale, there might be something to it. Even if the hardware is very weak.
    Reply
  • ilukey77
    so im confused whats the point to this if you cant cloud game ??
    why would i want extra large controller with a screen on it to play games in my house when i can pick up a actual ps5 controller and play on a tv ??
    Reply
  • hotaru251
    ilukey77 said:
    why would i want extra large controller with a screen on it to play games in my house when i can pick up a actual ps5 controller and play on a tv ??
    what if you had someone else using the tv?

    ....oh wait you can literally buy another tv for that much.
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  • Vanderlindemedia
    Giroro said:
    $200 is way, way too much money for what is basically a glorified WiiU controller, especially since everybody can already stream the same games directly to their phones.

    $200 would be a hard sell if this were an actual portable console from Sony, which it's not. Given their track record, Sony would probably even have a hard time selling this for $200 if it were a fully featured tablet, which it's not.

    Even at 300$ its a succes. Watch the sales go up. Everyone wants a thing like that.
    Reply
  • artk2219
    Vanderlindemedia said:
    Even at 300$ its a succes. Watch the sales go up. Everyone wants a thing like that.
    Did you forget the /s?
    Reply