Supposedly compatible with both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 titles, an AMD-powered new portable PlayStation is now in the early stages of development.
A recent YouTube video from Moore’s Law is Dead claims that the Japanese firm is preparing to launch fresh portable products. With a proprietary AMD APU at its core, this console is now in the High Level Design Phase, which means it hasn’t been given the go-ahead for production and will be at least two years away.
There has been no official word on the specifications of this new PlayStation handheld, but according to Moore’s Law is Dead, it will most likely use 18 CUs to ensure compatibility with all PlayStation 4 games on the PlayStation Store
Moreover, PlayStation 5 games will also work on the system, however, creators would need to apply patches to ensure appropriate performance. Given that the PlayStation 5’s clock speeds are changeable, it’s possible that the new system’s GPU could operate at 1.8 GHz or even slower.
Moore’s Law has dropped hints that a new portable console could hit Japanese shelves as a handheld alternative. While that release might happen as soon as two years from now, there’s always a chance it could take longer if given the green light.
A new PlayStation portable may seem unlikely, but a lot has occurred in the gaming industry since the PlayStation Vita’s release. Given the success of competing systems like the Nintendo Switch and Steam Deck, it would not be unexpected for Sony to return to the market with a system that may outperform the Vita thanks to its compatibility with traditional console titles. Take everything with a grain of salt for the time being; we won’t know if Vita will reintroduce meaning until we have formal confirmation.