Ever since Sony announced a forthcoming PlayStation accessory during its Showcase event in May - the handheld currently known as Project Q - many have wondered what it will be capable of.
The concept is relatively simple - it's a second screen for your PlayStation 5, one that you can use around the home to play games streamed from your own console. However, as it stands, it doesn't look like you'll be able to take it outside or on your travels so it's far from a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck rival - it seemingly requires Wi-Fi connection to the same home network as the PS5.
That could change, though. A leaked video and images of the device in the flesh (posted by @Zuby_Tech on Twitter) show that Project Q runs on Android and that opens up other possibilities. For example, could it accept a SIM card or eSIM and therefore allow you to play over a mobile data connection, too?
Could it even mean the device will run Android apps as well as PS Remote Play?
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Sadly, we suspect that the answer to both of those question are more likely to be "no". The device is being heralded as a PS5 accessory, not a standalone handheld. It's just that it's convenient to use Android as the base operating system as there's already an app to stream games from a local PlayStation 5.
Indeed, you can already build your own Project Q using an Android phone - even an iPhone - and a supported gaming controller, such as a Razer Kishi or BackBone One. There's even an official PlayStation variant of the latter.
So attach one of those to your existing Android handset or iPhone, run the free PS Remote Play and you've essentially got the same thing. And, you'll still have access to millions of apps, plus other games and services.
In addition, considering the Project Q is tipped to cost anywhere up to £250 ($300), you might save yourself a bundle in the process.
Still, the Sony device is likely to include some of the features found on the DualSense controller, including haptics and force feedback for the triggers, in addition to an 8-inch display (much larger than an average smartphone), so there could be some justification after all.
But, even if the Android functionality is unlocked a touch, just don't expect it to run Xbox Game Pass.