PlayStation Project Q

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First glimpse.

Sony’s anticipated upcoming handheld console, codenamed Project Q, has been spied in action. Leaked images shared over on Reddit reveal the hardware in action for the first time, and it appears to be running an Android operating system.

That comes as somewhat of a surprise; typically, Sony hardware runs on a bespoke OS. Of course, Project Q is designed as peripheral hardware rather than a fully-fledged console. Here’s how the manufacturer describes it:

Project Q is a dedicated device launching later this year that enables you to play any compatible game installed on your PS5 console using Remote Play over Wi-Fi. With a vibrant 8-inch LCD screen capable of up to 1080p resolution at 60fps, the device delivers crisp visuals and smooth gameplay streamed from your PS5 when you’re away from your TV.

Notably, if Project Q runs some sort of modified Android OS, it’s likely that modders will find a way to unlock streaming capabilities and other functionality. That would make it a viable alternative to other handheld streaming consoles and ironically might make Project Q more competitive in the market.

According to insider Tom Henderson, Sony’s upcoming handheld is expected to have inferior battery life, lasting only three to four hours. In contrast, the Logitech G Cloud boasts a battery life of over twelve hours, and the Abxylute can provide gameplay for over eight hours.

Project Q does not currently have a specific launch date, but it is expected to be released at some point later this year. Its launch is planned to coincide with the release of Sony’s gaming brand’s first-ever wireless earbuds, which will be compatible with PlayStation 5 and PC. These earbuds aim to provide users with a superior audio experience, delivering high-quality sound with minimal delay.