PlayStation Portal will be released this week at the price of 220 euros. Buyers do not receive true cloud hardware. However, a statement from Sony’s Hideaki Nishino is interpreted as meaning that a cloud expansion is within the realm of possibility.
The portable PlayStation Portal, which will be released tomorrow, offers a limited range of features. Users must have a PS5 as games are streamed from there to the mobile hardware. Mobile gaming sessions are possible wherever there is a sufficiently fast WiFi connection.
Sony recommends a broadband Wi-Fi connection with a speed of 5 Mbit/s as a minimum requirement. However, to optimize the gaming experience, it should be at least 15 Mbit/s.
In an era where many companies are banking on the future of the cloud because it doesn’t place high demands on users’ hardware, the lack of cloud in the case of PlayStation Portal is surprising. Simple Remote Play has been an integral part of PlayStation for years and is supported by all smartphones, although not with the options that Portal offers.
However, PlayStation Portal features may be expanded in the future. The words of Hideaki Nishino, Senior Vice President and Head of PlayStation Platform Experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, are sure of it relevant speculations.
The only difference is the server location
In an interview with AV clock says (via machine translation): “With Portal, the only difference between Remote Play and Cloud is where the server is located. There are no technical problems. We’ll start with remote play and then move on to verification. Since we acquired Gaikai, we have taken cloud gaming very seriously.”
When using cloud games, it is important that the difference is not felt. According to Nishino, customers would never believe in cloud gaming again if there were problems transferring games. Sony doesn’t want people to say, “Cloud gaming didn’t work.”
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It remains to be seen whether Nishino’s words really mean that PlayStation Portal will get cloud functionality sooner or later. Sony would already be prepared: now you can also play PS5 games can be played as a cloud version. This requires a PS Plus Premium subscription.
The news was greeted with enthusiasm on social media, although there was no shortage of criticism about the general situation. This is what one user wrote Reset: “Considering the half-heartedness with which the PS5 OS launched, I imagine Sony will offer something bland but functional and add something later.”
The PS5 streaming handheld now for under 220 euros order.
First of all it remains the same: PlayStation Portal is streaming hardware that only works in combination with the PS5, on which the games are calculated. If you manage to get hold of it, you will find it in stores for 220 euros.
The handheld features an 8-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080p. Furthermore, up to 60 FPS is achieved. Gamers also benefit from DualSense features.
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