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A New Potential PlayStation Handheld Reportedly In The Works, But It’s Early Days Right Now

The device is apparently powered by Custom AMD APU, speculate to run at 1.8 GHz or lower and use 18 CUs, half of the PS5's

So it looks like Sony could be getting back into the handheld market as a new PlayStation handheld is reportedly in the works, according to the Moore’s Law is Dead YouTube channel via Wccftech. This is all based on a new custom APU that Sony is paying AMD to develop; now, the actual device in question this APU would be used for isn’t known, but a developer working on it told the YouTube channel that it could be for a new PlayStation handheld or Vita 2.

Right now, there isn’t any confirmation if it is actually a new PlayStation handheld from behind the scenes as the device is currently in a “High-Level Design Phase,” meaning it’s early in development and could be two years away from release. Moore’s Law adds they don’t know if it will actually launch as the device hasn’t been greenlit for release. Going back to the developer for a bit, they continued to speculate that the third iteration of the native portable PlayStation device could utilize 18 CUs, which is the same amount as the PS4, meaning it would have native backward compatibility with all digital PS4 titles.

 

As for the PS5 titles, the YouTuber speculates the device wouldn’t use the same UI as the PS4 but some variant of the PS5 with half the amount of PS5’s 36 CUs and possibly the same amount of RAM. This means that not all games would work with the device unless each PS5 game got some “handheld patch” that would make it possible with a GPU that runs at 1.8 GHz or slower due to the PS5’s clock speeds.

Basically, PS5 titles could work handheld, but not all, so don’t go in expecting a powerhouse like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to run at 4K and 60 FPS on this thing, but this is all theoretical, of course, for a device that isn’t 100 percent confirmed. The YouTuber adds that he knows of AMD’s contract with Sony to develop the PS6 and speculates that the handheld could be part of PlayStation’s next-generation console family that could launch in the Japanese market with its weaker performance.

With the Japanese company’s Western focus over the last decade or so, it seems unlikely that a handheld with so much nostalgia dating back to the original PSP in 2005 it seems unlikely that Sony would keep the device Japanese exclusive for too long or at all. If this actually pans out, the new handheld could be a possible competitor to Nintendo’s newest Switch.