Sony just launched it's brand new remote play device, the Playstation Portal for the PS5. Remote play has been popular amongst many Playstation users over the years, from PS3 to PS Vita. Now it's the PS5's turn, as Sony try to pull a Nintendo Switch for it's latest portable device.
Before I begin with this review, I must stress that the Wifi in my house for whatever reason is really bad, and it's been terrible for the past couple of months. We can only seem to get great Wifi in one part of the house and not anywhere else, so at the moment playing the PS Portal in my room, is sadly not an option. But that's due to the fault of our Wifi signal that we need to get repaired, and not with the device itself.
The PS Portal is and isn't a few things. It is a remote player. It isn't a portable console. You can play games on it. You can't watch streaming shows on it. It's almost as if it's nearly but not quite amazing, and once again affected by Sony's frustrating limitations.
While the PS Portal has a nice screen, it only appeals to a limited amount of people.
As mentioned before previously, the internet in my house is very bad, it's been spotty like this for about half a year where there is only internet in the one part of the house, my lounge room. Even though we have 5G NBN internet for whatever god damn reason, the Wifi signal goes out the opposite way - to the back yard, and not through the front part of the house where all our rooms are. This means it significantly affects the PS Portal streaming gameplay. Sometimes in a spot with bad internet connection, gameplay would completely freeze up and PS Network actually logged me out. But when Wifi is working , it gets a really smooth connection and the image and streaming of the game is really impressive for this little device, which though only has a 1080p screen, can run really well when it does.
Setting up the Portal was a confusing and frustrating mess. You're greeted to a giant QR code on your screen. You enter your login code for PS Network on your phone. But for whatever reason it didn't acknowledge my phone set up, so I tried my computer. It didn't acknowledge my computer log in either. On the very bottom of the screen there is a very small text that says "Log in manually" so I did that and it worked after spending about half an hour frustratingly solve those annoying Sony captchas.
When the wifi was working the PS Portal was actually playing really well. I tried Sonic Frontiers, Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart and a few other PS4 games.
- Confusing set up