Excited to buy the PlayStation Portal in UAE on launch day? Sorry, but we have some disappointing news. Sony has announced the release date for the PlayStation Portal, and it seems that the upcoming PS5 remote player will skip the Middle East region on launch day. This means you won’t be able to officially buy the PlayStation Portal in the UAE or KSA when it is released across other parts of the world.
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The PlayStation Portal is scheduled to release on November 15 in the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Canada and Japan, for which the pre-orders will begin from September 29, 2023.
When can you officially buy the PlayStation Portal in UAE?
As you can see, the handheld device will not be released in the Middle East region in November, and the only way to get your hands on it would be to either import it from the US or find it somewhere in the grey market at your local shops at exorbitant markup prices.
This is a bit of an odd strategy from Sony as they have been largely decent at launching any new PlayStation product worldwide at the same time, including the Middle East. We are unsure when it will be released in the region or whether it will make it this year at all, but we have reached out to PlayStation in the Middle East and will update this article if we hear back from them.
PlayStation Portal is a WiFi-only remote player for the PS5 and features an 8″ 1080p/60fps LCD screen and a 3.5mm jack. The device will cost $199.99 (roughly AED 720) and aims to provide a PS5-like gaming experience thanks to the chopped-up DualSense controller that will feature haptics and adaptive triggers found on the standard controller.
However, players looking to get comfy with the handheld will also want to look into getting the Pulse Elite Wireless Headset ($149.99) or the Pulse Explore Wireless Earbuds ($199.99), both of which support the new PlayStation Link wireless format required for wireless audio on the PlayStation Portal (it doesn’t have Bluetooth support).
Were you looking to buy PlayStation Portal in UAE on launch day? Let us know in the comments below if you’re disappointed or don’t care.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.