Insider Gaming has exclusively reported that a new PlayStation handheld console is currently in development. Codenamed the Q Lite, this next-generation device is designed to work in conjunction with the PlayStation 5, further expanding Sony’s gaming ecosystem.

The Q Lite is not a cloud-streaming device, but rather utilizes Remote Play with the PlayStation 5 – a feature that Sony has been actively promoting in recent weeks. The handheld console will support adaptive streaming up to 1080p and 60FPS, requiring constant internet connectivity for optimal performance.

Early prototype images reveal that the console bears a striking resemblance to the PlayStation 5 controller, featuring a massive 8-inch LCD touchscreen in the center. The Q Lite is also equipped with adaptive triggers for haptic feedback, volume buttons, speakers, and an audio input jack – all the essential elements of a modern handheld gaming console.

According to Insider Gaming, the Q Lite is currently in its QA phase and is scheduled for release after the Detachable Disc Drive PS5 and before the PlayStation 5 Pro. Industry insider Jeff Grubb previously mentioned that Sony plans to announce its “second phase of the PS5”, referring to its future game slate. Interestingly, this “second phase” also applies to Sony’s hardware offerings, with a series of products, including the new detachable disc drive PlayStation 5, Project Nomad (wireless earphones), Project Voyager (wireless headset), and Q Lite (handheld), all set to launch within a short timeframe. The PlayStation 5 Pro is reportedly targeting a holiday 2024 release.

With this lineup of innovative products on the horizon, Sony’s next PlayStation Showcase promises to be a major event, giving fans a glimpse into the future of the company’s gaming technology.