PlayStation Portal is out but trying to find one is about as arduous as trying to buy a PS5 in late 2020.

  • @echo64
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    5 months ago

    I know people want to implicitly shit on this thing because they don’t personally want one, and I guess they don’t want other people to enjoy them, but come on, this is silly. You know none of that. You just wish it was that.

    Honestly, this place was great for a while, but it’s very rapidly devolving into the vapid reddit style comments you see all over that place.

    • @[email protected]
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      115 months ago

      I don’t know if that’s a fair criticism. I think I first saw something about this thing yesterday. Not much of a marketing push. I had to look it up to see what the heck it is. It seems to have a very specific and narrow use case. I’m sure it’s a nice option for people with that need and works well enough, but it’s not exactly something the masses are clamoring for. There’s similar tech out there and they are sort of niche products. I don’t expect this thing to be selling like hotcakes.

      • @TyrionsNose
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        85 months ago

        I pre-ordered mine back in September. Those of us who game from multiple rooms in their house this thing is amazing. Or those who have to share a TV with people who don’t use the PS5 connected to it.

        • @[email protected]
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          75 months ago

          I don’t have any generation PlayStation so I don’t have a dog in this fight. That being said:

          I completely understand. I’ve got a gaming rig in one room, stream to mini PCs set up as steam consoles in other rooms, and have a Steam Deck. I can play anywhere in my house. I never need to worry whether someone else is using a TV.

          If it works for your case, I’m happy for you!

          • @TyrionsNose
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            55 months ago

            Yup, and that’s the exact use case for the Portal.

      • @money_loo
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        45 months ago

        Naw their criticisms are extremely fair.

        When this thing was first announced it was met with mostly people all over going “what’s the point of this thing, nobody is going to buy such a useless thing when they can just play on their phone or some adapter” etc.

        Then when the pre-orders where announced to be selling out, it didn’t shift to “people want this thing”, they just pivoted to “they are just lying to hype it up”

        And now that it’s sold out everywhere, they have no choice but to either admit it was wanted and they were wrong, or just keep going with the idea that, no, it’s everyone else that is wrong.

          • @echo64
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            25 months ago

            Sure, but the narrative in this thread is assuming that it muuust have been low units for low sales based on nothing. That is what I was critizing. The people here and the quality of the comments.

        • Centillionaire
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          35 months ago

          Less than 10% of PS5 owners buy this. It is a screen with a controller that can only be used to play your PS5 with when you are at home for $199.

    • @[email protected]
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      5 months ago

      Others have said it already, but it’s the best way to describe it. It’s literally just a screen with a controller attached. You can only use it for remote play on a PlayStation console at home. It doesn’t offer cloud gaming and it doesn’t allow you to even connect to WiFi networks that require you to sign on in a browser before gaining access to the Internet because the thing doesn’t even have a browser included in the software. The only common use case I could see for this thing is if you’re going to a friend’s house as a teen and want to play online games while in person.

      Even then, as a parent I would much rather just spend the extra money on a steamdeck or other handheld that has compute and actual software. This is a ripe $200 turd that hardcore PlayStation fans and overzealous scalpers are buying.

      • phillaholic
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        25 months ago

        It’s $199, the same price as the Premium DualSense Edge controller.

        • @Zahille7
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          75 months ago

          That’s kind of ridiculous for a controller. Unless the entire casing is metal or something, that doesn’t seem worth it imo.

      • @echo64
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        05 months ago

        The use case is that you live with other people and other people want to use the TV that the ps5 is connected to, and you want to play ps5, and you aren’t a jerk who hogs the TV all the time.

        It’s okay, demonstrably people want this, even if you’re mad about it.

        • @[email protected]
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          45 months ago

          I’m mad that people are being sunk by consumerism. The cost of living is sky high right now and people are wasting their money on products that don’t make a whole lot of sense. Theres similar products that work much better for just a little bit more. Hell, buy a used tablet. At least that has processing like I mentioned. You can remote play through the tablet for a fraction of the cost.

          • @echo64
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            15 months ago

            🙄 let people do what they want don’t be a dick about it

          • @money_loo
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            15 months ago

            I’m mad that people are being sunk by consumerism.

            🙄🙄🙄🙄

    • AnonTwo
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      35 months ago

      That’s not a reddit thing though. People make one-offish comments everywhere. Maybe not in your inner circle specifically but in general i’ve seen a lot of forums and chat rooms growing up that are like that.

      • @echo64
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        15 months ago

        sure, it was better here about it until recently, the quality of the community posts here has dropped dramatically in the past month