A fresh software update for the PlayStation Portal remote player system will be available tomorrow


When we developed the PlayStation Portal remote player, our goal was to put a high-quality console gaming experience in your hands, even when you’re not sitting in front of the TV. As we continue to develop PS Portal, we’re excited to announce that tomorrow we’ll begin rolling out the latest system software update for our first dedicated remote play device, including several fresh improvements for users.

Login screen support on selected public Wi-Fi networks

While we recommend using PS Portal at home because you have control over the Wi-Fi quality, it can also be used outside the home in places where a brisk and stable Wi-Fi connection is available – and we’ve seen many gamers take advantage of it .

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With this fresh update, PS Portal will also connect to a number of public Wi-Fi networks*, which may require additional verification steps beyond entering your network password. This includes Wi-Fi networks with login screens, which are often found in hotels, cafes and airports.

To connect to these public Wi-Fi networks, PS Portal will display a QR code that you can scan with your smartphone or tablet. Once scanned, you will be able to employ your mobile device’s web browser to perform additional verification steps on behalf of your PS Portal. Please note that PS Portal requires a Wi-Fi connection of at least 5 Mbps, and for better gameplay, a brisk connection of at least 15 Mbps is recommended.

Screenshot of PS Portal UI showing the QR code for network authentication

New visual feedback for touchpad areas

The emulated touchpad on the vivid 8-inch PS Portal screen gets an update. We’ve added fresh visual feedback to touchpad areas. New effects will be displayed when using the touchpad areas during remote play.

View battery level in percent

Screenshot of the PS Portal UI showing the remaining battery percentageScreenshot of the PS Portal UI showing the remaining battery percentage

Since we first launched PS Portal last November, we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response and the variety of ways our community enjoys playing PS Portal. While PlayStation Remote Play has been available since the PlayStation 3 generation, PS Portal has leveraged this technology to take the Remote Play experience to another level by integrating the key features of the DualSense wireless controller with a vivid 8-inch LCD screen.

We’re thrilled that PS Portal has enabled many more players to employ Remote Play on PS5, with over 60 percent of PS Portal owners using the feature for the first time**. Moreover, PS Portal makes it easier for many players to access their games, and the average engagement of a PS Portal owner on PS5 increases during the first 8 weeks of using PS Portal.

We’ve also seen a wide range of games trending on PS Portal, from single-player adventures including God of War Ragnarök, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Astro’s Playroom, to multiplayer titles such as Fortnite, Rocket League and EA Sports FC 24 – all of them were among the most played games on PS Portal in the first 3 months of its release***.

We are always grateful to the PlayStation community for joining us on our journey as we explore different ways to deliver fresh experiences for gamers. Check official website to learn more about PS Portal and let us know what you think in the comments!

*To connect to public networks, make sure the initial PS Portal setup is complete. Authentication requires the employ of another device that can connect to the public network, e.g. a smartphone. Public networks operating in the 5 GHz band are not supported.
**Internal data from November 2020 to April 2024
***Internal data from November 15, 2023 to February 15, 2024

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