In an unexpected turn, Sony seems to be making a foray back into the traditional handheld gaming market with the rumored development of a new PlayStation handheld console, as per information from hardware leaker Moore’s Law Is Dead (MLID).
The reported console is said to be a non-streaming device that will directly support and play games, marking a departure from recent trends favoring streaming services. According to MLID, the upcoming handheld will feature a custom AMD APU, currently in the high-level design phase. However, the report emphasizes that the device is still in the early stages of development and is at least two years away from potential launch, with no official green light from Sony as of yet.
One intriguing aspect highlighted in the report is the potential native backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games. Developers suggest that the new handheld might receive a “pro-like patch” to enhance compatibility with PlayStation 5 titles. It’s worth noting that these details are subject to change as the project progresses.
While MLID claims the handheld is under development, and AMD has secured the APU contract, the exact specifications of the device remain speculative. The report urges caution, emphasizing that the information is still in the realm of rumor and speculation.
As of now, Insider Gaming has been unable to independently verify the credibility of this report. Until further confirmation is provided, it is advisable to approach this information with a degree of skepticism, as is customary with any rumors in the tech industry.