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Sony’s PlayStation Portal update adds public Wi-Fi support

A person playing a PS5 game via Remote Play on the PlayStation Portal.
The Portal is getting a very slow trickle of software updates. | Photo by Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge

The PlayStation Portal is getting a couple of modest features it should have had in the first place. Sony announced on its PlayStation Blog that a software update for its handheld remote player will allow users to connect their devices to public Wi-Fi networks that require sign-in, like free ones found at hotels and cafes.

Also in this update are new visual cues when you tap or swipe the emulated touchpad areas on the Portal’s screen and the option to see a battery percentage indicator in the top-right status bar. Up until now, the battery level was only indicated by some fairly vague bars, and the actual battery percentage number only shows when the Portal is fully turned off and charging.

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