Sony’s new handheld, the PlayStation Portal, is set to change how fans enjoy their PS5 experience, but how does it stack up vs the Nintendo Switch?

The PlayStation Portal offers fans of the PS5 an opportunity to take their games on the go. It’s a remote-play handheld device that can stream games directly from your PS5.

But when compared to the Nintendo Switch, it definitely has its strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, we’ve outlined all of the key differences between the two platforms below.

Nintendo Switch VS PlayStation Portal

The Nintendo Switch and Sony’s new handheld device, the PlayStation Portal, have a number of similarities and a few key differences that set them apart.

Below, you’ll find a table with a side-by-side comparison of the original Nintendo Switch, the Switch OLED, and the PlayStation Portal:

Nintendo Switch (Base Model)Nintendo Switch OLEDPlayStation Portal
Requires InternetNoNoYes
Requires External ConsoleNoNoYes
TV ModeYesYesNo
Detachable ControllersYesYesNo
Screen Size6.2-inch LCD 720p7.0 inch OLED screen 720p8-inch LCD 1080p 
Refresh Rate60Hz60Hz60Hz
Game Card SlotYesYesNo
Headphone JackYesYesYes
Battery Life4.5 – 9 Hours4.5 – 9 Hours7 – 9 Hours
It’s worth noting that while the PlayStation Portal technically does not have a TV mode like the Nintendo Switch, you can just stop using it and resume playing your PS5 on your TV.
The Nintendo Switch OLED on the left and PlayStation Portal on the right

Notably, the PlayStation Portal is a cheaper handheld device with a longer battery life, higher quality and larger screen, and the added benefit of running PlayStation games.

However, compared to the Nintendo Switch, it requires a constant internet connection, can only stream games and not play them natively, and does not have detachable controllers.

If you don’t have a stable internet connection or want to play handheld in locations without wifi, then the PlayStation Portal is not the handheld platform for you.

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