PlayStation Portal review: impressive hardware but is Remote Play itself good enough?

Eurogamer: "On the hardware side, Sony has delivered a good piece of kit - but hopefully we'll see improvements and new features added further on down the line."

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Eonjay93d ago (Edited 93d ago )

Fortunately you don't have to be in the dark. Download the Remote Olay app and test your network out for free.

DogJosha93d ago

Until I can use remote play over my local network on PC, I won't consider getting the portal. Fix it on PC to give me the confidence that it will be worth getting a standalone device for it...

Profchaos93d ago

That would entirely depend on you and your appetite for upgrading your home network

darthv7292d ago

one of the easiest home network upgrades I did was switching to a mesh wifi setup. Took all of about 5 minutes and man does it make one hell of a difference.

DogJosha92d ago

It has nothing to do with my network. The PC version forces an internet connection instead of just connecting through your home network. It is a terrible setup.

Profchaos92d ago

Maybe it's worth checking your Nat settings and running a packet trace maybe you're on different vlans or have some sort of firewall between internal networks as the app sould only go to the internet if and when it can't resolve the console internally

andy8593d ago

It'd be much better if it had a way to access an app store. There's an unofficial PS remote play app I use which is absolutely flawless.

Profchaos93d ago

App uses the same protocols the only reason most people's go the unofficial route is to use unsupported controllers like cheap mobile gamepads or Xbox controllers.

Performance wise I'd be surprised if there was a difference

andy8593d ago

Colour yourself surprised then. Since using it I haven't been disconnected or suffered any noticeable lag once. No idea how he does it but it works amazingly well and offers personalised support if something doesn't work.

Leeroyw93d ago (Edited 93d ago )

Go with the name of the app please Andy.

Inverno93d ago

Curious to see if this will be eventually modded and running android somehow. He mentions PSP and Vita emulation, and how that would've been a very nice insensitive, and I agree. I imagine that if the modding community takes an interest then we might see that possible cause I don't see SONY supporting this thing outside of probably updating it to patch out exploits. Couldn't care less about remote play but emulation would make me buy it, especially if it goes down 50 bucks.

RonnySins93d ago (Edited 93d ago )

The Portal doesn’t do anything different or special compared to Remote Play on a different device, except you can connect a DualSense controller to any of those devices and have a functional touchpad. What an e-waste.

Profchaos93d ago

Yeah and no it's niche definitely and you're right I have so many devices capable of remote play already that getting this makes zero sense for me however there's a market for it clearly as sales have been strong

Barlos93d ago

That addition of DualSense is what makes all the difference. I'm looking forward to getting mine at Christmas!

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Exclusive: The making of the PlayStation Portal

Project lead Hiromi Wakai explains Sony's goals and why the Portal isn't a Vita 2.

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darthv721d 21h ago

Portal is a great little piece of kit. I use it and the G-Cloud for my console streaming needs.

GamingSinceForever1d 16h ago

I looked today after seeing this and you still can’t find one for retail.

1d 16h ago
TheEnigma3131d 1h ago (Edited 1d 1h ago )

I was able to find one at gamestop this past weekend, but you need to be a pro member smh. I paid the $25 to get it

1d 16h ago
Tody_ZA1d 14h ago

As a dad of two this is the best gadget I could have ever bought for the price. In a week I've finished Valhalla and dived well into Tales of Arise, which previously would have taken me a month or more. It helps that it's so comfortable and amazing to play on, the design is far better than pictures would suggest. As someone who used to remote play on my phone with a backbone, only an insane person would say the experience is comparable. You just can't underestimate the appeal of playing on an 8 inch screen with DualSense controls, of playing in bed, or while the kids are watching or being able to hide what you're playing from the little ones because 90% of your games aren't child friendly. Loving my Portal.

jznrpg1d 1h ago

As a father of 5 children I approve this message.

__y2jb1d 11h ago

It’s a fantastic device and works flawlessly on the 5ghz Wi-Fi band.