How to pre-order the PlayStation Portal handheld

Key Takeaways

  • PlayStation Portal is available for pre-order from a range of retailers before its release on November 15, 2023.
  • Priced at $200, the PlayStation Portal is a handheld device that allows you to play your PS5 games without being in front of a TV.

PlayStation has been drip-feeding information about its new streaming handheld, the PlayStation Portal, in recent weeks, but we now know all the most important details, including its release date: 15 November 2023.

Even better, you can now pre-order the handheld directly from PlayStation ahead of its launch, from a wide range of retailers.

PlayStation Portal

PlayStation Portal

The PlayStation Portal is now available to pre-order from a range of retailers, so get yours reserved now!

Pre-orders had been subject to basically a one-month exclusivity period for PlayStation Direct – the Portal only became open to pre-order through other retailers on 29 September 2023.

For now, pre-orders are also open in the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada and Japan.

Priced at $200, if you’re thinking that the Portal could become a useful tool in your household (as a great way to avoid hogging the TV, for example) you might want to get your pre-order in early, as the PS5 launch suggests there could be less stock than there is demand.

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If you’re still in the dark over exactly what the PlayStation Portal is, don’t worry – it’s basically a handheld Remote Play device, one that will let you play your PS5 games without being in front of a TV.

Your PS5 is still the one powering its games, and you need both that console and your handheld to have a solid internet connection for it to work, but other than that you’re untethered.

This makes it potentially ideal for one-TV households where you’d like to play somewhere other than your couch, and given its controls are basically a DualSense chopped in half you get all the same haptics and control options as with regular play.

It has an 8-inch 1080p LCD display that runs at 60Hz and looks pretty good in the preview footage that has so far been released, so the signs point towards it being a really enjoyable way to play your PlayStation games.

There are some limitations, though – in particular, it can’t play any cloud-streamed games for some reason, and it’ll also have no Bluetooth capabilities, instead using a new audio system called PlayStation Link. This means your existing wireless PS5 headset probably won’t work with it, annoyingly. At least there’s a 3.5mm jack as a backup, though.

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