Sony now has an official release date for the PlayStation Portal handheld. Earlier this month it revealed the official name of the device alongside the pricing, and mentioned it would be available “later this year.”
The $199.99 handheld, which is just a dedicated device for Remote Play on your PS5, has gotten mixed reactions from consumers. Many don’t seem to be thrilled that Sony is launching what is essentially just a way to stream games from your console. Particularly because your phone or tablet can already do that. And there are ways to set up Remote Play on things like the Steam Deck too. But there are also no doubt users excited to check the Portal out. And they’ll get to in just a few months.
The PlayStation Portal release date is set for November 15
According to Sony’s blog post, the PlayStation Portal will launch on November 15. Which means it’s just a few months away. That’s right around the time that Sony launched the PS5 back in 2020. Albeit a few days later. Those interested in grabbing one of these on day one can pre-order the PlayStation Portal as of today. It’s available exclusively through PlayStation Direct for the moment. But Sony plans to open up pre-orders for it through participating retailers on September 29.
For the PlayStation Direct pre-orders, you will need to be in specific regions. This includes the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Then on September 29, consumers in Canada and Japan will also be able to pre-order in addition to anyone in the previous regions.
Interestingly, Sony is only opening up pre-orders for the PlayStation Portal. The two devices it revealed alongside it, which are the Pulse Elite headset and the Pulse Explore true wireless earbuds, don’t have release dates yet. Nor can you pre-order either device currently. You’ll want to keep an eye on these though if you plan to pick up the Portal. Because they both come with PlayStation Link technology. And you’ll need that to wirelessly connect them to the PlayStation Portal.