The new Sony Xperia Stream can convert your Xperia 1 IV into a streaming powerhouse
Sony just wrapped up its second launch event for this month, but unfortunately, it did not launch a new gaming smartphone. Instead, the company has unveiled a new streaming accessory for its flagship Xperia 1 IV — the Xperia Stream. Unlike gaming controllers like the Razer Kishi v2, the Xperia Stream is only good for streaming as it doesn’t include any additional buttons or joysticks. It’s essentially a port hub with a fan to help users stream games seamlessly from the Xperia 1 IV.
The Sony Xperia Stream has an ergonomic design with a curved back to offer users a comfortable grip during long streaming sessions. It has a cooling fan on the back to keep temperatures in check and a selection of four ports at the bottom. These include a full-sized HDMI port with 1080p 120Hz output support, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and an ethernet port.
In addition, the Xperia Stream integrates with the Game enhancer on the Xperia 1 IV to display the real-time status of your device and ramp up the cooling fan when needed. The Game enhancer also gives you access to manual fan speed controls and a thermal boost setting that helps the phone handle demanding loads easily.
Sony has designed the Xperia Stream specifically for its flagship Xperia 1 IV, and it seamlessly clicks onto the device. Sadly, this means you won’t be able to use it with any other devices.
The Sony Xperia Stream will retail for JPY 23,100 (~$160) in Sony’s home market. It will also be available in a new Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition bundle for JPY 175,000 (~$) with an Xperia 1 IV featuring 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. The company has not shared any details regarding an international launch at the moment.
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