Speaking with AV Watch, Sony’s Senior Vice President of Platform Experience, Hideaki Nishino, has insisted that the PlayStation Portal was never designed to turn a profit, but rather to drive PS5 engagement.
Rather than profitability, we want to increase the amount of time we can play with PS5. If you can play anywhere, I think some people will definitely spend more time playing games.
PlayStation Portal launched this week and is a handheld accessory for the PS5, allowing you to stream from your console via a Wi-Fi connection using Sony’s Remote Play functionality. The device features an 8-inch LCD HD screen, and includes all of the buttons and features of the DualSense controller.
The PS Portal retailers for $199.99 and in Japan it appears to have been quite popular, as it took about 12 hours for preorders to sell out in the region.