Sony PlayStation wants to fight smartphones. Good luck

Does Project Q have advantages? Yes, but so what?

You probably already know that during the conference PlayStation Showcase 2023 Sony announced a device called Project Q. This is a pad integrated with an 8-inch screen to which you can send the image from PlayStation 5.

After the announcement, there were many voices that Project Q would be a competition for Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck. I don’t understand these comments at all. Project Q – unlike the mentioned devices – is not a console, but an optional accessory to the console. It’s a console like a computer monitor.

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In this form, Project Q is not an alternative to portable consoles, but to smartphones. Literally a few hours before the announcement of the new device, an announcement of a licensed pad for Android phones appeared on the PlayStation blog. Connecting this controller to your phone does exactly what Project Q does – it allows you to play remotely.

I believe that Project Q will have several advantages over a smartphone with a connected pad

Little is known about the device so far. However, I can expect Project Q to be lighter than a similarly sized smartphone / tablet with a connected pad, if only because of the lack of 10 built-in cameras and other ballast.

You can also count on a longer working time on a single charge, because a device with one function does not need a heavy operating system with a million operations performed in the background.

In addition, a device that is always ready for action can be more convenient to use than a smartphone that requires attaching a pad every time.

But you know what else has several advantages over smartphones? Eg mp3 players and compact cameras

I would probably be able to list 5 rational arguments that playing Project Q will be better than playing on a smartphone with a pad connected.

Similarly, I would be able to list 5 rational arguments that it is better to listen to music on the iPod than on the iPhone. For some reason, however, Apple sells over 200 million iPhones a year, and iPods round zero, because they were completely withdrawn from the offer in 2022.

Consumers have shown many times that if something can be done on a smartphone, they prefer to do it on a smartphone.

Doesn’t Sony remember what happened to PlayStation Vita?

PlayStation Vita is considered one of the biggest failures in Sony history. We are talking about a device that also allowed remote play when paired with a PS3 or PS4, but was also an autonomous and competent console. A console that launches games not available on any smartphone.

If the Vita didn’t succeed, how is an LCD screen with a built-in pad to succeed?

Miron Nurski, managing editor of Komórkomania

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