PlayStation Portal review: a one-trick-pony

PlayStation Portal is weird; elegant hardware meets an inelegant single-answer product.

PlayStation Portal review; a large screen on a handheld games console, on a wooden table
(Image: © SCEE / Future)

Our Verdict

The PlayStation Portal is a lovely piece of hardware, offering a very specific solution that many will already have a fix for. A lack of features (such as cloud streaming) may disappoint, but what’s here is well executed.

For

  • Lovely hardware
  • Works well (mostly)
  • Great for RPGs

Against

  • Only does one thing
  • Not the best value

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Ever struggled to tear yourself away from the PlayStation 5? I have, and I’m willing to bet you have too. The PlayStation Portal positions itself as a solution for the both of us to move the action from the big screen to just about anywhere – providing it remains connected to your console (the device is Remote Play only). Just don’t expect more than that. 

Playing Spider-Man 2 while covered in blankets, letting God Of War Ragnarok’s cutscenes play while you hang washing, or exploring the pants-ruining Alan Wake 2 in a pantless environment is now possible, beaming from your PS5 right to the PlayStation Portal between your hands. (Reminder, you will need a PS5 to use this handheld and we track the latest PlayStation 5 deals as they happen.)

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

PlayStation Portal

The PlayStation Portal is a lovely piece of hardware, offering a very specific solution that many will already have a fix for. A lack of features (such as cloud streaming) may disappoint, but what’s here is well executed.

Oscar Taylor-Kent
Editor, Play Magazine

PLAY editor Oscar Taylor-Kent first joined Official PlayStation Magazine in 2018, and was involved with the long-standing mag’s rebrand into PLAY before becoming editor. Despite being a PlayStation expert (and noted PS Vita apologist), he’s got fingers on many buttons, having also written for GamesRadar, SFX, PC Gamer, Kotaku, Waypoint, Official Xbox Magazine, GamesMaster, PCGamesN, and Xbox to name but a few. When not knee deep in character action games, JRPGs, and visual novels, he’s often found reading books, manga, or binging anime. His current favourite games include Devil May Cry, Persona, Ace Attorney, and Hakuoki.