Sony has shared new details on the products the company showcased during the previous State of Play back in May. Alongside naming the lineup, which includes two new audio devices and the Remote Play hardware, the company has also priced them.
First off is the PlayStation Portal. This device was previously known as Project Q and as Sony had mentioned before, is a Remote Play dedicated device.
Sony has basically taken a DualSense Controller, cut it in half and slapped an 8-inch LCD screen onto it. Players can stream their PS5 games at up to 1080p 60FPS on the device granted they have a high-end Wi-Fi connection.
Sony has designed the PlayStation Portal to be an attachment to your PS5 so you’ll need your PS5 connected to the Wi-Fi and powered on at all times to stream games. The unit fully supports adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.
By the look of things, it doesn’t have any audio output support besides using a wired 3.5mm connection or Bluetooth. Sony has even created its own unique ‘PlayStation Link’ connection system to easily connect one of the new audio devices to the PlayStation Portal.
Speaking of which, there’s a high-end Pulse Elite Headset coming our way too. Sony says the new Pulse Elite wireless headset offers lossless audio and comes with a retractable boom mic with enhanced AI noise cancellation.
The new PlayStation Pulse Elite also has a charging hanger so you can leave the headset hanging around while it charges. Sony released the image below showing the charging hanger – looks pretty cool.
The second audio device is the previously-announced Pulse Explore Earbuds. They also offer lossless audio and can easily pair with your PS5 when outside of the charging case.
Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore will be the first PlayStation audio devices to use custom-designed planar magnetic drivers for an audiophile-level listening experience normally found in premium headphones for professional sound engineers. With Pulse Explore, we’re pleased to be one of the first companies to provide wireless earbuds to the mass consumer market using planar magnetic driver technology.
Sony’s new PlayStation Link tech is described as a new wireless audio technology. It promises to deliver low latency, and lossless audio and can easily switch between a connected Bluetooth device, and the USB adapter on the PS5 and PlayStation Portal. You can also purchase the USB adapter separately so you can connect the devices to even more supported platforms.
When using Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore with PS5, the USB adapter that’s included with each headset and earbuds is required for PlayStation Link. The PlayStation Link USB adapter will also be sold separately as a standalone item, and can be used on PC and Mac, so players can connect Pulse Elite or Pulse Explore to experience the same lossless and low latency audio.
In terms of pricing and release dates, the PlayStation Portal will launch “later this year” at $199. The Pulse Elite and Pulse Explore still don’t have a release window. However, these audio devices will launch for $149 and $199 respectively.
Of course, we’ll update you on the local launch of this range and pricing as soon as we hear more. Sony will likely launch the headsets before the PlayStation Portal device given how you’ll need them to play games on the speaker-free unit.
Source; PS Blog