The device is rumoured to feature an 8-inch touchscreen, which will offer adaptive streaming up to 1080p and 60fps. It's also said to use adaptive triggers for better haptic feedback, and will have built-in speakers.
For me, this feels like a missed opportunity. I'd regard myself as a pretty casual gamer, but the idea behind the Steam Deck and the ROG Ally are appealing. Having a device which I could pull out on a train, for example, to get a console-level experience without needing to worry about the dodgy WiFi connection, is tempting.
The household name status of Sony and the PlayStation would surely make a similar device a no-brainer for large swathes of people. I have very fond memories of the original PSP, which offered exactly that. The PS Vita had a dedicated army of fans, too.
Even looking at devices like the Nintendo Switch, which has enjoyed explosive popularity, shows just how big a market Sony could tap into. The PlayStation has legions of devoted followers, and I'd wager a good portion of those would be interested in taking their favourite games on the go.
There's no confirmed release date – or indeed, any official confirmation of this outside the leak – but Insider Gaming suggest it could launch at some point in the next 18 months.