PlayStation’s new dedicated remote play streaming handheld, the PlayStation Portal, is due to finally launch in Australia this week on Friday, February 2nd.
This device aims to be your go-to for PS5 remote play, with a big and beautiful 8″ screen situated between what is essentially two halves of the excellent PS5 DualSense controller – meaning you get the full gamut of features like adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.
With launch coming up fast, we wanted to put everything you need to know about the PlayStation Portal including when and where you can buy it, and a little more context as to what it actually does.
If you’re just looking for where the Portal is available, here’s where you can find it for pre-order right now:
The PlayStation Portal Remote Player gives you access to the games on your PS5 over your home’s Wi-Fi network, letting you jump right into gaming without needing to play on a TV. It delivers silky smooth gameplay at up to 60fps with high image clarity on its 8″ 1080p resolution screen, features the immersive power of haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, and connects to your PS5 at the touch of a button.
You can read our review of the Portal here, where we called it the best PS5 Remote Play solution yet, saying “If what you’re looking for is the most comfortable, seamless and dedicated way to play your games from another room, that’s exactly what’s on offer here.”
Yes! Some Aussie retailers have already started listing some basic accessories for the Portal including cases and screen protectors. We’d highly recommend picking these up as the Portal’s screen is big enough that throwing it in a bag or drawer unprotected could have dire consequences. The most prominent ones are the Powerwave carry case and screen protector which you can find below:
While the Portal is designed to be used inside the home on the same WiFi network as your PS5 console for the best experience, it is possible to use it elsewhere by connecting it to a standard WiFi network or mobile WiFi hotspot. Your results may vary in doing so, but we’ve been able to get pretty stable connections even overseas from the PS5 console. You can find out more about that in our review of the Portal here.
WHAT’S THE BATTERY LIFE LIKE?
In our use, we were getting around 4-5 hours of playtime out of the Portal per charge, typically at full brightness. You can find out more in our review of the Portal here.
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