According to the latest information: it seems we now have our next successor to Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) in the works. Well….kind of. It’s a bit of a yes and no situation here. You’ll see in a bit.
Sony’s PSP Successor: Details
Insider Gaming has just released a rather interesting report about Sony’s new long-rumored PlayStation handheld console. Basically: their successor to the well-received PSP, which released on December 12, 2004 in Japan and had a nice long run until 2014, when Sony ceased all hardware shipments. According to Insider Gaming, this successor is currently codenamed the “Q Lite“, and is currently under development. Q Lite may or may not be the final name of this successor, so we’re going to have to watch for that in the future.
Not only that, but we even have some details on what this Q Lite will be like. Unfortunately, also according to Insider Gaming, this doesn’t appear to be a conventional handheld console. At least, not what we typically think of as a handheld like the old PSP and Nintendo DS. Instead, it seems as though this Q Lite is meant to be an accessory for the PS5. This Q Lite isn’t a cloud-streaming device, but rather, it seems to be more of a platform for using the PS5’s Remote Play feature. It will apparently resemble a massive DualSense controller but with a 8-inch LCD touchscreen smack-dab in the middle of it, support “adaptive streaming” up to 1080p at 60 FPS, and require constant internet connectivity to even function.
Honestly, based on these features, the Q Lite sounds like an inferior Nintendo Switch. If you need constant internet access just to use it, what’s the point if your internet is down? It defeats the whole purpose of making it a handheld in the first place. If you can’t play it anywhere you want, it’s not really a handheld, is it? Still, we’ll just have to see when we finally get to use this PSP successor. Which according to Insider Gaming is sometime before the PS5 Pro but after the Detachable Disc Drive PS5. Considering that the PS5 Pro has a planned release for Holiday 2024, it will be a long while before we get to see this Q Lite for ourselves. Tune back in to THS later to find out more about it when we do.
Source: Insider Gaming