In an exclusive interview with BBC, Eric Lempel, the executive of Sony and deputy chairman of PlayStation, revealed that the upcoming PlayStation Portal is not designed to compete with Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, despite their similar appearances. The PlayStation Portal has a distinct customer base and is a gaming console like no other, tailored specifically for PlayStation users. Unlike the Switch and Steam Deck, which are standalone gaming devices, the PlayStation Portal requires a PS5.
Furthermore, Eric Lempel confirmed that PlayStation Portal users will not be able to directly stream games from the PlayStation Now gaming service. He suggested playing on a sofa while others in the household use the TV, or playing in a different room. As for gaming on the go, Eric Lempel affirmed that it is possible but requires a strong internet connection.
The PlayStation Portal will be available for purchase on November 15th at a price of $199.99 (approximately 7,000 Thai Baht), with no information yet on the price or release date in Thailand.
In summary, the PlayStation Portal, while resembling its competitors in appearance, distinguishes itself through its unique customer base and reliance on the PS5. Additionally, players will not be able to stream games directly from PlayStation Now but can enjoy gaming at home or on the go with a strong internet connection. The PlayStation Portal is set to release on November 15th, with no details provided for its launch in Thailand.
TLDR: Sony’s Eric Lempel clarified in an interview that the PlayStation Portal is not a direct competitor to the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck. It caters to a different customer base and requires a PS5. Users cannot stream games from PlayStation Now, but they can play at home or on the go with a strong internet connection. The PlayStation Portal will be available for $199.99 on November 15th, with no confirmed release date or price for Thailand.