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Given how long they officially stopped caring about the Vita...honestly I am not sure what they think they can do to break into the market.

They had a window to do so...and Nintendo has pretty solidly taken it. I mean Splatoon 2 is a serious Japanese killer app, and with Monster Hunter currently focusing on a console version they can't exactly get that going.

They'd have to keep the PS-Switch afloat with their own titles...something they have pretty much never done with the PSP and Vita. Without those it would only be really a thing in Japan, and that isn't enough to keep a device like it going.



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A new slim version is possible. But a ps5 is a couple of years away imo and a portable ps4 is something thing that is not ever be made. Sony will never sacrifice power for portability.



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This just screams Sega Nomad to me, we saw how well THAT went over. Sony is not releasing a portable PS4, there are just too many factors working against it. Physical software would be a problem, digital only would cut the potential market for software sales. People still buy physical games, I cant imagine a portable console with a cd/dvd drive, would add significant bulk and cost to the product.

 

What would be the demographic for a portable PS4? Considering the PS4 is in year 5 with <80 million sold, are we expecting a large percentage of repeat buyers to put up $400-500 for a bulky portable version of something they already have. Are a there a plethora of new customers who havent yet purchased a PS4 who will finally dig in because now it's portable?

 

There's also the Nintendo factor, both times Sony has attempted a more powerful handheld than Nintendo they've come up short



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Guys.
Guys, I think I found it.
A leaked image of the PS4 Portable.

Looks like we are getting a PSVR Portable too!

Edit:
Yes it is possible to build a 720p PS4 equivalent, today.
Games may need to be updated to support such a device, and Sony probably wouldn't be able to sell it (for a profit) at 300 USD.

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it makes no sense what you're saying, you're taking massive leaps in logic:

1- linking the recent dev kits rumours with a ps4 portable makes zero sense when even by your words the specs make it more powerful than the ps4. do you not only think a portable ps4 is incoming but it's also higher specced than the ps4 home console? c'mon man...

2- the ps4 will be out for 5 years this year, what is the purpose of releasing a handheld that is bound to the current generation. this would last for what... a year? 2 years maximum?

3- as several people pointed out there is no existing tech in the market to create something as powerful as the ps4 for gaming in a handheld format. remember it would have to use x86 architecture, not ARM (like the switch).


Sorry, just not going to happen in the way you're dreaming.

Maybe past 2022 there will be some maturity on the 7nm cpu/gpu architectures (or lower than 7nm) to create a decent low powered handheld ps5 version, but even then there will be a LOT of constraints. I just do not see it at all.



Pinkie_pie said:
A portable ps4 this holiday would be a disaster for the switch.

Just when Smash and maybe Pokemon come out for it? I think it would be the opposite. It would be Vita all over again.



Sorry to squash your dreams, but it is just not technically possible this year. Alone the idea PS5 is a hybrid like Switch is crazy, because even in a few years the power-need of something in the PS4-power-level would basically prevent a mobile/hybrid version. With the higher TDP you would need bigger, heavier batteries and to remove the heat you basically need space. A mobile PS4 would be big and clunky. And you make it worse, by projecting it to be PS4-compatible. There is a reason ARM dominates mobile devices: the power-consumption. To stay PS4-compatible you need X64-chipset, which drains even more power than an ARM at this power-level. To finish it off you declare it digital only. While it makes sense that a mobile device can't really use optical media, it cuts severely into sales as digital sales might have grown in the past years, but are still only one third of the sales. Also you basically fuck over all current PS4-owners that bought physical games, as the digital owners can play there games on the mobile PS4 via crossbuy, but the physical owners are left out. This does not work on many levels.



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KrspaceT said:
Given how long they officially stopped caring about the Vita...honestly I am not sure what they think they can do to break into the market.

They had a window to do so...and Nintendo has pretty solidly taken it. I mean Splatoon 2 is a serious Japanese killer app, and with Monster Hunter currently focusing on a console version they can't exactly get that going.

They'd have to keep the PS-Switch afloat with their own titles...something they have pretty much never done with the PSP and Vita. Without those it would only be really a thing in Japan, and that isn't enough to keep a device like it going.

Like I said in OP. This would a a PS4 iteration, playing PS4 games. Not a separate console that needs separate attention. What the PS4 gets, the handheld would have by default. Theoretically speaking.



      

      

      

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