Gaming-centric device teased by Sony is NOT an Xperia smartphone

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It is safe to say that the vast majority of Sony fans were expecting the Japanese company to reveal another gaming-focused smartphone earlier this week. Instead, we get a gaming accessory specifically designed to work with a single smartphone, the Xperia 1 IV.

As the name suggests, the Xperia Stream is a streaming accessory that will allow Xperia 1 IV owners to play longer without having to worry about their device heating up. Unlike typical mobile phone controllers, the Xperia Stream doesn’t have any buttons, but it does feature a massive cooling system that’s supposed to conduct airflow along the body of the Xperia phone.

In theory, this should keep the temperature down, allowing even high-load games to be played for long periods of time. The streaming accessory was designed based on feedback received and following discussions with esports players, which makes sense given its uses.

In addition to the cooling system, the Xperia Stream incorporates an HDMI port (full HD 120 Hz supported) for streaming to a PC, as well as a direct connection via LAN cable for ultra-fast and stable network latency for games. competitive. Additionally, the accessory has a USB-C port to power your device and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Software-wise, the Xperia Stream seamlessly integrates with the Game Enhancer app on the Xperia 1 IV, which displays various phone details and automatically controls the fan when cooling is needed. Of course, you can also manually adjust the fan speed to regulate the temperature as you see fit.

As for prices, the Xperia Stream will be available for purchase for the equivalent of $160, but it will only be launched in Japan. Those who don’t own the Xperia 1 IV or the Xperia Stream can purchase the Gaming Edition bundle for around $1,225.

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