Among several game trailers, Sony dedicated a minute of its more than hour-long PlayStation Showcase livestream on Wednesday to reveal two new hardware products.
The funniest of these is Project Q—that’s the internal name, because the final name is still pending. Whatever it’s called in the future, Project Q confirms a long-standing rumor: It’s a new PlayStation handheld.
The device will focus on streaming; Sony says it will allow users to stream any non-VR game from a local PlayStation 5 console using Remote Play over Wi-Fi. In fact, it is not able to play itself; it’s all about the streaming functionality.
Remote Play is something that Sony has offered for a while on other devices. You can sync a DualSense controller to your macOS, Windows, iOS, or Android device and stream your games over Wi-Fi or the Internet, although the latter is fraught with latency challenges.
As per the Project Q specs, it has an 8-inch HD screen and “all the buttons and features of the DualSense wireless controller.”
Sony also announced plans to launch AirPods-like Bluetooth earbuds that can simultaneously connect to a PlayStation console and a mobile device, as well as to PCs.
Release dates and pricing for these haven’t been announced yet — the headphones don’t have a name, and the handheld’s name is tentative — so it’s early days. These announcements are more of a statement of intent from PlayStation than anything else.