Sony’s next product is probably one of the most anticipated of the year, and we already know more about the autonomy of the famous Project Q, this accessory that will allow you to play your PS5 games in portable mode.
Last week, during its Showcase conference, Sony formalized its “Project Q”, a portable accessory that will allow you to stream your games from the PS5. Unlike portable consoles such as the Steam Deck or ASUS ROG Ally, Sony’s accessory will not have an onboard graphics chip.
Its primary function will be to handle lag-free game streaming and user input, leveraging cloud-based PlayStation game processing. Project Q should therefore use the Remote Play feature, which lets you play your PS5 games on other devices. It will therefore essentially be an external screen with integrated controller equipped with a network chip powerful enough to receive the video stream from your home console, and not a portable console that you can take with you on the go.
What autonomy for Sony’s Project Q?
One crucial piece of information was missing from the ad: battery life. This was without taking into account the information of Tom Henderson, an industry insider, who has just revealed that the Sony Project Q will only offer three to four hours of playtime between charges.
It is therefore not much better than Valve’s Steam Deck or ASUS’ ROG Ally, which nevertheless use their CPU and GPU to process games locally, and which therefore need a lot of energy to operate. .
We obviously expected a much longer battery life. Considering theabsence of energy-consuming components within the consolewe could assume that the Sony Project Q would offer extended battery life, like the Logitech G Cloud, which reached 10 hours during our test.
Sony therefore probably bet on a small battery for its Project Q, which would indicate a thinner and lighter device than the competition. It will also be necessary to see if this will allow the accessory to be positioned at a competitive price, but such news could well disappoint some players who were expecting greater autonomy.