Is the New PlayStation Handheld Destined to Flop?

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There’s a new PlayStation Handheld in development and so far, it’s not looking good.

If you’re looking for a cloud-streaming device, this isn’t it. Codenamed ‘Q Lite’, this new device from Sony will allegedly require the PlayStation 5, using the Remote Play function. This means that users will be able to remotely control their Playstation consoles wherever and whenever. Unfortunately, this also means that it requires a constant Internet connection to be used.

Early prototypes indicate that the PlayStation Handheld will look similar to a Playstation 5 DualSense controller, except for new features like an 8-inch screen in the centre of the console and adaptive triggers for haptic feedback as well as normal features like volume controls and an audio jack.

Image from Insider Gaming

So far, the general public reaction is that this isn’t a good idea. Many are calling it a cash grab, too niche or not worth buying because it’s only playable if you already own a PlayStation 5.

The device is currently in the quality assurance phase, far from being rolled out. It is estimated to drop sometime in 2024, before the PlayStation 5 Pro. Hopefully, PlayStation uses whatever time they have left to account for feedback or juice up the Q Lite’s capabilities.

If the current public sentiment is anything to go off of, it seems that this new device is going to flop. We’ll have to wait and see if it holds up.

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