Report: Sony’s Next PlayStation Handheld Is Called the Q Lite, Features 8-Inch Touchscreen and Requires Constant Internet Connectivity

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Sony is, in fact, developing a new PlayStation handheld that will succeed the Vita, its most recent handheld that was discontinued in 2019, according to sources with Insider Gaming’s Tom Henderson. The new handheld, which is said to feature a design inspired by the PS5 and an 8-inch LCD touchscreen, isn’t a cloud streaming device, and will reportedly be released before the PS5 Pro (holiday 2024) but after the PS5 with detachable disc drive.

Sony PlayStation Q Lite Details and Features

  • Not a cloud streaming device
  • Uses Remote Play with the PlayStation 5
  • Supports adaptive streaming up to 1080p and 60 FPS
  • Requires constant connectivity to the internet
  • Will look like the PlayStation 5
  • 8-inch LCD touchscreen
  • Adaptive Triggers for haptic feedback
  • Volume buttons, speakers, audio input jack

From an Insider Gaming report:

Codenamed the Q Lite, the next PlayStation handheld is the next piece of Sony hardware that aims to be yet another piece of hardware that requires the PlayStation 5. Insider Gaming understands that the Q Lite is not a cloud-streaming device, but instead uses Remote Play with the PlayStation 5 – A feature the console giant has been pushing these past couple of weeks.

As for the console’s physical features, early prototypes show the console will look a lot like a PlayStation 5 controller, but with a massive 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the center. The device sports adaptive triggers for haptic feedback and will include what you would come to expect from a handheld – Volume buttons, speakers, an audio input jack, etc.

As previously mentioned by industry insider Jeff Grubb, Sony is planning to announce its “second phase of the PS5”, which was in reference to its future game slate. Ironically though, this “second phase” is very much true for Sony’s hardware offerings, with the new detachable disc drive PlayStation 5, Project Nomad (wireless earphones), Project Voyager (wireless headset), and Q Lite (handheld) all scheduled to release within a very short period. It’s understood that the PlayStation 5 Pro is aiming for a holiday 2024 release.

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