PlayStation Portal is just around the corner, somehow It marks Sony’s return to the mobile gaming market We were lucky enough to get our hands on a device ahead of the November 15 release date to enjoy the PlayStation 5 experience on the go. However, before we drive this new device for the first time, we are here to take you through the unboxing experience and our first impressions of this design.
Sony has kept things relatively simple here, with a cardboard inner box that slides out of the printed sleeve and inside is your Gateway with a sleeve around it, along with some instructions and a double-sided USB-C charging cable.
The first thing you notice when using the portal is its size. Along with an 8-inch LCD screen, the Portal has DualSense grips on both sides, perfectly maintaining the look and feel of the PS5 controller. When you put this device next to other portable devices, it’s clear just how big it is – it’s also the same size as a Steam Deck. You can see a video comparison of our unboxing process here Bush Square Youtube-Channel.
Aside from the touchpad, you’ll find all the buttons and features you’d find on the regular DualSense here, with the mute buttons on the top left and right of the screen and the home button reassigned. The speakers are at the top of the screen, with the power, pairing and volume buttons slightly behind. Behind the screen is a USB charging slot and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Considering the form factor, the Gateway looks a bit odd at times, but more important than looks is the feel. Devices like the Nintendo Switch and even the Backbone One can become quite uncomfortable after a long period of time. Based on our limited experience, the Gateway may turn out to be one of the most convenient portable devices on the market.
At this point we can only comment on the console’s design and appearance, so keep an eye on the website for our full review closer to Portal’s release. Suffice it to say, however, that we were pleasantly surprised by the build quality and size of the Portal and can’t wait to see it in action.
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