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PlayStation Portal Pre-Order Shows Promising Start, Exceeds All Analytical Projections in Japan

Published 09/30/2023, 11:32 AM EDT

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Following the tremendous success of PlayStation 5, Sony had been planning its next big venture in handheld consoles. But the fans weren’t too welcoming initially. Even though PlayStation Portal offers to bring a lot of PS5 features to the palms of players, there was a wave of uncertainty around the product. However, early signs have surely calmed the nerves of Sony as its pre-orders have taken the industry by storm. In fact, the new device is already selling out in some markets just days after pre-orders started.

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PlayStation Portal is the first handheld console being launched by Sony since PS Vita, which was released in 2011. PS Vita reportedly sold around 16 million units. Meanwhile, 2005’s PSP sold over 80.79 million units. Will Portal outdo its predecessors?

PlayStation Portal dominates sales charge worldwide, makes a statement in Japan 


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PlayStation Portal will release worldwide on 15th of November 2023. It’s surprising that it took the company around 13 years to bring a new portable console. The PS Vita failed to live up to the benchmark set by the PSP and was eventually cancelled. And since then, there haven’t been any handheld PS consoles. However, the wait is now over.

The countdown to the PlayStation Portal has begun, and the device is already available for pre-order. While the initial response to the announcement of the product wasn’t ideal, things seem to have changed. If the claims are to be believed, the demand for the handheld console is way larger than its current stock production. 


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Pre-ordering for the console began on September 29 at all retailers. Earlier, there were constant analytical projections that declared the PS Portal to be a flop. Moreover, social media trends seemed to agree with the projections. Surprisingly, all these prior expectations were thrashed just hours after the pre-ordering started. 

Japan, the gaming hub for handheld consoles, has already sold out the PS Portal from all retailers available in the country. The sales charts in other countries like the USA, UK, and Germany have also shown some phenomenal spikes in traffic around the console. A user celebrating the smashing entry of PlayStation Portal in markets shared a post on X (formerly Twitter). It read, “Yet another evidence that social media does not represent real life. Everyone said ‘nobody wants this’ and here we are”.

The stakes were high, and fortunately, Sony fans weren’t disappointed. But what makes this handheld console a big revolution in the console rivalry? 


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All that’s new with Sony’s visionary handheld device

The Portal has been branded as an accessible extension to PlayStation 5, which makes the gaming experience truly remote. Of course, this 200-dollar device targets handheld gaming enthusiasts and enhances their experience. If compared to Sony’s earlier handheld consoles, the PlayStation Portal is a significant upgrade. And that is both in terms of hardware and features. It has a more powerful processor, a better display, and a longer battery life.

The PlayStation Portal also supports haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. These are two of the key features of the DualSense controller, which bring the experience on par with the PS5 device. An 8-inch bright display will create fluid 60 FPS at 1080p resolutions to ensure that players receive the finest experience possible with the remote player. Wi-Fi connections allow users to easily switch between the Portal and PS5.


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So, have you pre-ordered the PS Portal yet? 

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Written by:

Vaibhav Singh Tomar


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Vaibhav is a dynamic esports writer with a passion for writing and a knack for storytelling. With an impressive seven-year background in theatre, he brings a unique perspective to his work, infusing it with creativity and flair. When not engrossed in writing, Vaibhav can be found exploring the world of cinema.
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Rohan Karnad