PlayStation Showcase 2023 - roundup - PlayStation streaming handheld announced



Get ready for tons of announcements, hype, and all that comes with a major publisher presentation. PlayStation has a whole hour of content ready to show off in the first PlayStation Showcase of 2023. There's rumors aplenty as to what we'll see, which consists of PlayStation 5 and PlayStation VR2 games from both first and third-party developers. We'll be rounding up all the announcements here, and covering all the major reveals, as usual.

It begins with a heist game. Fairgame$ seems to be a 3-player co-op game where you break in to places and rob them. Coming to PS5 and PC.

Jim Ryan is on stage to talk about the PS5 and what's in store.

Super Earth is freedom gone wild, where you go to alien planets and slaughter monsters and spread democracy in a very satirically seeming game. Helldivers 2 heads to PS5 and PC this year.

Ascendant Studios and EA have a very Dishonored looking game with a lot of powers that let you be super mobile as you take down hoards of enemies, and even beat up a dragon. Immortals of Avenum. July 20, 2023.

505 Games is publishing Ghostrunner II, out later this year.

You only have 66 days to live in this next game, which seems very Ghosts of Tsushima/Sekiro-y. You're a samurai. Parkour and cut foes down in Phantom Blade.

Artist behind Journey and Abzu is working on a new game. Giant Squid developing. Skateboards and sand and flying sharks are all in Sword of the Sea.



A robot ventures out into the world for the first time. There are mechanized pyramids and futuristic vehicles. Towers rise from underneath the earth and a lot of civilization seems to have been reclaimed by nature. Talos Principle 2 comes out this year.

Giant wolf moose hybrid and girl with sword fight evil in this next game. But then the giant beast friend dies, and is replaced with its child. Coming 2024 is Neva.



Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean is the latest entry in the series, out next year.

Square Enix has a game to show. Anime esthetics meet some form of cyberpunk style, in what appears to be a versus team shooter. In fact, it looks exactly like Splatoon, but you use soap instead of paint. Foamstars is releasing next year.



A top down storybook game, where you leap from the pages into a 3D world. There are mini-games and puzzles in The Plucky Squire is launching this year.

Minecraft meets cars in this blocky and realism hybrid game. Create vehicles to destroy homes with and cause mayhem for no apparent reason other than because you can.

It's finally real: Metal Gear Solid 3 Delta is the MGS3 remake we've been waiting for. Cinematic trailer only.

MGS Master Collection is also on the way, packing together the first three titles in remastered form. Volume 1, implies another release later on. Fall 2023.

Rebuild civilization in this crafting game. Ancient creatures and massive beasts roam the land in Towers of Aghasba. 2024.

Square Enix has another game. It's Final Fantasy 16. Lots of new footage in this trailer.

Alan Wake 2 is real and out on October 17th this year.

Assassin's Creed goes back to the middle east in Mirage, out Oct 12.

Revenant Hill has a cat. That's all you need to know. Cat.

Cygames actually finally has an update on GRanblue Fantasy Relink. 2023 Winter...hopefully.



Capcom's got SF6.

A colorful metriodvania game is next. All the standard fare of the genre is here and present in Ultros. Releasing 2024.

Perfect World Games is bringing us anime girls in mechs. Ride a robot horse and kill mecha bosses while you fly on a jetpack in Tower of Fantasy.

Capcom's not done yet. Dragon's Dogma II is here. Lots of cinematic trailer content.

Five Nights at Freddy's Help Wanted 2 is headed to the platform late 2023.

PSVR2 is next. Resident Evil 4 Remake is getting its VR mode.

Next is a western game. Snarky attitude is abundant in Arizona Sunshine 2. 2023.

Shoot, shoot, and gun down foes in this military FPS game. Crossfire Sierra Squad, no release date.

PSVR2 title is a shooter with some puzzle elements thanks to being able to pull objects towards yourself. Synapse launches July 4th.

Beat Saber is getting Queen music. DLC out now.

Bungie has a new game. Space shooter Marathon has been announced. It's a remake of one of their oldest games.



Destiny 2 is getting more content.

Concord is set in space and is out next year for PS5 and PC.

There's going to be a Gran Turismo tournament.

Sony is making a DualSense with a tablet built-in that can stream PS5 games specifically to the device, very similarly to just using a phone clipped to a DualSense.



PlayStation earbuds are also a thing.

Next up is a very long trailer for the new Spiderman game. Spiderman is using a black and white suit in this one, and seems angry with Venom powers. Miles Morales is in it too and you get to switch between the two.

And that's a wrap!
 

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I use my Steam Deck for this already, but if I didn't have that I would probably be interested for the right price.

I hope the Q can be used for optional 2 screen experiences like the Wii U. It's honestly not a bad feature for the right games and right implementation.
I doubt it's going to be anything more than a way to stream already installed games to another room in the house.
 
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Let me get this straight... They basically sawed a Dualsense controller in half and glued it to a screen. To be honest, it looks horrible. Who in the world thought this was what anyone would want? They didn't specify what HD resolution it has, which could very well be as low as 720p, even though I doubt they'd be that cheap. And as others pointed out already, it doesn't do anything your phone cannot already do. Unless they give it more horsepower and decent game support, I can see this flopping more than PSTV did.
 

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Let me get this straight... They basically sawed a Dualsense controller in half and glued it to a screen. To be honest, it looks horrible. Who in the world thought this was what anyone would want? They didn't specify what HD resolution it has, which could very well be as low as 720p, even though I doubt they'd be that cheap. And as others pointed out already, it doesn't do anything your phone cannot already do. Unless they give it more horsepower and decent game support, I can see this flopping more than PSTV did.
I think too many people are over-thinking this. Everyone already had their own headphones too but that didn't stop Sony releasing a PS5 specific (overpriced) headset. I doubt the remote player will be any different. It's just an accessory.
 

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Doesn't the constant need of an internet connection defeat the purpose of being portable?
Well keep in mind, we all have modern smartphones these days with unlimited data that can be turned into wifi hotspots. Connect the Q to that and you should be able to remote play anywhere you get a mobile connection which absolutely grants a huge range of portability, so long as your PS5 is connected to the wifi back at home. At least that's how you could even do streaming with the PS4 and I believe even the PS3 with a Vita (though mobile connections were slower and we had limited mobile data per month from our mobile providers for much of that time).

That's not me saying the Q is a great idea, but I do believe it will have more functionality than to only be tethered to the same wifi connection.
 

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Well keep in mind, we all have modern smartphones these days with unlimited data that can be turned into wifi hotspots. Connect the Q to that and you should be able to remote play anywhere you get a mobile connection which absolutely grants a huge range of portability, so long as your PS5 is connected to the wifi back at home. At least that's how you could even do streaming with the PS4 and I believe even the PS3 with a Vita (though mobile connections were slower and we had limited mobile data per month from our mobile providers for much of that time).

That's not me saying the Q is a great idea, but I do believe it will have more functionality than to only be tethered to the same wifi connection.
Of course, this is all assuming that it's even intended to be taken outside of the house. From my perspective, the thing looks flimsier than your average Nintendo Switch. Part of me is...honestly hoping that they provide a sturdy carrying case with the Q (or at the very least provide official options to buy one separately), because if not, that would certainly prove intent for it to stay at home, which would ultimately defeat one of the primary draws of a handheld gaming device.
 
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Pretty mid. Then again, this is only a showcase and not a "State of Play".

I also laughed at the Project Q reveal when Jim Ryan said "At PlayStation, innovation is our passion." Literally a Wii U gamepad.

The famous quote from Oscar Wilde,

“imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”

Can you really blame them for following in the footsteps set before them. Especially when its a fantastic idea.
 

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The last handheld I had was the PS Vita. Played 10-15 games but was nothing special. I was frustrated when some of the games came to PS3. Would have liked to play it on a big screen the first time.
 

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we all have modern smartphones these days with unlimited data

And huge latency, 5G or not, that defeats the whole purpose!
Cloud gaming sucks for a reason. Your idea is basically cloud gaming without a dedicated network infrastructure.

Even when at home, I only bothered with PS4->Vita remote play for turn based games, since there are some genres which can never work, with our current tech, in a high latency scenario and/or significant jitter.

"High latency" here can be as low as 17ms, for select action/fighting games. 10ms jitter would also be a lot even with 5ms latency, for the same games.

That said, what a terrible idea, Sony.
Not that I expect Sony/M$ to ever be relevant again on the hardware front.

Nintendo is, alone, carrying the last spark of gaming hardware innovation.
 
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And huge latency, 5G or not, that defeats the whole purpose!
Cloud gaming sucks for a reason. Your idea is basically cloud gaming without a dedicated network infrastructure.

Even when at home, I only bothered with PS4->Vita remote play for turn based games, since there are some genres which can never work, with our current tech, in a high latency scenario and/or significant jitter.

"High latency" here can be as low as 17ms, for select action/fighting games. 10ms jitter would also be a lot even with 5ms latency, for the same games.

That said, what a terrible idea, Sony.
Not that I expect Sony/M$ to ever be relevant again on the hardware front.

Nintendo is, alone, carrying the last spark of gaming hardware innovation.
Six year old hardware is innovation? Times are sad.
 

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Nintendo is, alone, carrying the last spark of gaming hardware innovation.
To be fair, Valve has also been working to try to innovate gaming hardware where possible (part of that due to being the market leader of PC Gaming, meaning they can take such kinds of risks without going bankrupt). While they haven't always been successful, it's neat to see Valve trying to push the boundaries of what PC gaming/VR are capable of (and even working to make Linux a viable PC gaming option should MS essentially go rogue).

That being said, as far as console gaming, Nintendo definitely seems to be the only company even willing to push new ideas/gimmicks, while Sony/MS seem content with sticking to their usual guns and only doing something different if someone else brings something that's successful enough to attempt to imitate for "easy" money.
 

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And huge latency, 5G or not, that defeats the whole purpose!
Cloud gaming sucks for a reason. Your idea is basically cloud gaming without a dedicated network infrastructure.

Even when at home, I only bothered with PS4->Vita remote play for turn based games, since there are some genres which can never work, with our current tech, in a high latency scenario and/or significant jitter.

"High latency" here can be as low as 17ms, for select action/fighting games. 10ms jitter would also be a lot even with 5ms latency, for the same games.

That said, what a terrible idea, Sony.
Not that I expect Sony/M$ to ever be relevant again on the hardware front.

Nintendo is, alone, carrying the last spark of gaming hardware innovation.
Does it? I mean I've been able to use a mobile hotspot and dominate in Splatoon on the go. Plus mobile speeds will only get better as the years move forward. I'm sure people that care about every single frame is not the target market with a device like this (or any form of cloud gaming really), it's the more casual players that will be interested in this kind of thing.
 

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Does it? I mean I've been able to use a mobile hotspot and dominate in Splatoon on the go. Plus mobile speeds will only get better as the years move forward. I'm sure people that care about every single frame is not the target market with a device like this (or any form of cloud gaming really), it's the more casual players that will be interested in this kind of thing.
Yeah, for games not so sensitive to latency, it's definitely doable.
Any game that requires 1-4 frame input precision will fizzle for this.

And worse than latency is jitter. If your average latency, point-to-point is tolerable, but the jitter is too high, it won't work.
Unlike movies/music, which can be buffered, multiplayer games can't, and single player games require a lot of processing to account for every input variation.

The case for consistently good game streaming is relegated to single player games that aren't latency/jitter-sensitive, or multiplayer games with high latency thresholds, like MMOs and the like.

At least with our current tech.
 

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Yeah, for games not so sensitive to latency, it's definitely doable.
Any game that requires 1-4 frame input precision will fizzle for this.

And worse than latency is jitter. If your average latency, point-to-point is tolerable, but the jitter is too high, it won't work.
Unlike movies/music, which can be buffered, multiplayer games can't, and single player games require a lot of processing to account for every input variation.

The case for consistently good game streaming is relegated to single player games that aren't latency/jitter-sensitive, or multiplayer games with high latency thresholds, like MMOs and the like.

At least with our current tech.
Yeah it's a fine solution for single player experiences on the go I would think. And as time goes on and our mobile connections and hotspots improve it could become more viable for online multiplayer in time. In theory, it's a future-proof design that will only get better in time as our connection speeds continue to improve, so long as we continue to connect to the internet through wifi.

Still not for me mind you, in fact I'd be more interested if this device can be used as second screen for asymmetrical gaming experiences like the Wii U, than I would be interested in it just for remote play.
 
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you call a dated tablet with the worst cheapest controllers ever made innovation instead of making an actual proper console?! :rofl2:

Tell me how the others did something better, hardware wise?

They just got more raw power.

The "old tablet" with hybrid capabilities was by far the most innovative idea when it comes to console hardware.

Just like the motion controllers of Wii and the Wii U tablet controller.

M$ even tried with the Kinect.

Sony added a touchpad to its controller.

Can you say those are better than Nintendo's?
 

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