The Sony Xperia 1 IV is a premium smartphone with a 6.5 inch, 3840 x 1644 pixel OLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate, a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and 512GB of storage.

When Sony launched the phone earlier this year, it shipped with 12GB of RAM. But now there’s a new Sony Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition model that has 16GB of RAM. It also comes bundled with a Sony Xperia Stream accessory that keeps the phone cool while you’re gaming, but which also adds ports that can help with game streaming or other activities.

The additional RAM could come in handy if you’re not only playing demanding games, but also streaming them over the internet in real-time. But the Xperia Stream add-on could be even more useful.

That’s because this accessory, which clips to the back of the phone and plugs into its USB-C port, adds five things:

  • Cooling fan
  • HDMI output
  • Ethernet jack
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • USB-C port

The USB-C port allows you to charge the phone or add other accessories. It effectively means you don’t lose a port when using the Stream accessory.

HDMI output lets you mirror your video to an external display or capture device. It supports 1080p output at up to 120 Hz. Ethernet input could provide a steady, low-latency, reliable internet connection if you’re dealing with wonky wireless.

And the audio jack? It’s there because the Xperia Stream is a clip-on accessory that covers the phone’s 3.5mm audio jack.

Sony hasn’t announced global pricing for the Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition or the Xperia Stream add-on yet, but they’ll sell for about 175,000 yen ($1225) and 23,100 yen ($160) in Japan.

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  1. I’m not a huge expert in smartphone gaming (because it sucks), but wouldn’t it have been a good idea to add a rear camera cutout? Aren’t there smartphone games that use the camera for AR features?

  2. Wow, look at that… I have less cables dangling from my laptop. xD
    Also… perhaps this makes sense for a Japanese mobile gaming audience, but to make an entire shell like that and not add physical buttons, analog sticks and shoulder buttons… it’s like huh? Is that really made with gaming in mind? It also seems to block the cameras on the back, why? It could make sense as a fixed vlogging thing, but if it’s blocking cameras, I’m not too sure.
    Either way it wouldn’t be very interesting to me because of Sony pricing… but you know. I like that they are going for different ideas, but man, this doesn’t fit any niche that I can think of. It’s a huge shell with a bunch of ports and a fan, most of which you can get in other smartphone models with a simpler dongle setup.

  3. They could’ve at least added shoulder buttons if they were going to make a “gaming” accessory.