The tipster Tom Henderson revealed that Sony will launch a new PlayStation handheld device, codenamed Q Lite, the goal is to become another hardware product that requires PlayStation 5 (similar to PS VR2), and some users speculate that the PS Vita 2.
Jeff Grubb, who was also keen to point out that he had heard the news of a new handheld from Sony, said that Sony did have a cloud streaming handheld and advised users to lower their expectations.
According to Tom, the “Q Lite” is not a cloud game streaming device, but a PS5-based handheld with remote play capabilities. It’s currently in QA and is scheduled for release before next year’s PlayStation 5 Pro (not yet named), but later than the 2023 PS5 with a removable disk drive.
The new device has adaptive graphics up to 1080p 60FPS but requires Internet access throughout.
Early prototypes show the handheld looking much like a PlayStation 5 controller, but with an 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the center. The handheld is said to have adaptive buttons with “haptic feedback” support, and of course, volume buttons, speakers, audio input jacks, and more.
As Jeff Grubb mentioned earlier, Sony plans to announce its “PS5 Phase 2,” a reference to its future gaming plans.
It’s worth noting that this so-called “Phase 2” includes a number of hardware products, such as the new PS5 with removable disk drive, Project Nomad wireless headset, Project Voyager wireless headset and Q Lite handheld are all planned to be released in a very short period of time.
Of course, the PlayStation 5 Pro, which is of the utmost interest to everyone, is targeted for a Christmas holiday release in 2024. So, no matter when Sony’s next PlayStation Showcase is held, it’s going to be a great event.