PlayStation Portal Update Brings Public Network Access and User Experience Enhancements

Sony has rolled out a significant update for the PlayStation Portal, the handheld device designed to play PS5 games remotely. This update, which is now available, introduces several user-requested features aimed at enhancing the overall gaming experience. The update includes the much-anticipated ability to connect to public Wi-Fi networks, alongside other improvements to usability and functionality.

Public Network Access Now Available

One of the new update’s standout features is the PlayStation Portal’s ability to access public Wi-Fi networks. Previously, the device was limited to home Wi-Fi networks due to its lack of an internet browser, which made it difficult to log into public networks in places like cafes, hotels, and airports. With the new firmware update, the device now displays a QR code when attempting to connect to these networks. Users can scan this QR code with their smartphone or tablet to complete the login process, making it easier to use the device on the go.

Enhanced Visual Feedback and Battery Management

In addition to public network access, the update also brings enhanced visual feedback for the emulated touch panel areas. This allows players to see exactly where they have touched, improving the precision and usability of the touch controls. Furthermore, Sony has added a feature to display the remaining battery percentage in the status bar. Users can activate this by opening the quick menu, navigating to settings, then system, and enabling the “Show battery percentage” option under the battery settings.

Most Popular Games on PlayStation Portal

Sony has also shared insights into the most popular games on the PlayStation Portal between November 15, 2023, and February 15, 2024. The top titles played on the device include:

  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Astro’s Playroom
  • Fortnite: Battle Royale
  • Rocket League
  • EA Sports FC 24

These titles highlight the diverse range of games that players enjoy using the PlayStation Portal for remote gameplay.

A Step Forward for Portable PS5 Gaming

The PlayStation Portal update marks a significant step forward in making PS5 gaming more accessible and convenient for users. By enabling public network access and enhancing usability features, Sony continues improving its community’s portable gaming experience.

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