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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Microsoft lawyers say the new PlayStation handheld will cost under $300

Microsoft lawyers say the new PlayStation handheld will cost under $300.

The $300 estimate comes close to other handheld options like the most affordable models of the Steam Deck and the Nintendo Switch, though Valve and Nintendo’s options have the advantage of being untethered. Plus, you can already use PS Remote Play with a compatible iOS or Android device and pair it with a $100 Backbone controller and get the same result.

Sony has a lot to work out with its handheld that’s internally codenamed “Project Q.” It may have officially revealed it in May, but we still don’t have details on pricing or release dates. Project Q differs from other handhelds since it needs Wi-Fi to do PS Remote Play, making it feel more like an extension of your PS5 rather than a standalone device.

Obviously, this news isn’t coming from Sony itself but as a direct competitor, Microsoft is likely qualified to make an educated guess here. At around $300, Sony would put its upcoming handheld close to cloud-gaming competitors like the Razer Edge which goes for $399.99 and the Logitech G Cloud which retails for $349.99. Although, the sub $300 price tag makes sense since Sony’s handheld is meant to be a direct link to your PS5, instead of tapping into the cloud for gaming.

Project Q was exclusively revealed to be in development by Insider Gaming earlier this year and was revealed by Sony themselves during the PlayStation Showcase. One burning question fans had though, was what is the price?

Sporting adaptive streaming up to 1080p and 60FPS, the new device will require constant connectivity to the internet and will use Remote Play. The device sports a massive 8-inch screen, 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.

“Under $300” could suggest that the device will sell for $299, but hopefully the handheld will release for much less.

Project Q is scheduled to have additional information revealed on it in the coming months and will launch by the end of the year.

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