Sony has introduced a smartphone cooling fan accessory designed to lower the temperature of the Xperia 1 IV under heavy gaming loads. The Xperia stream In addition to working as an accessory, the cooler also offers additional ports. Pre-order is now available Japan for 23,100 yen (about $162) with delivery expected on October 14th.
The purpose of such accessories, also produced by companies such as Asus and Razer, is to allow the phone’s processor to run at higher speeds, preventing the types of high temperatures that can cause performance degradation. Asus has an AeroActive Cooler for its gaming-focused ROG Phone line, while Razer recently released an RGB cooling fan designed to plug into your smartphone of choice.
Sony’s cooler connects to the Xperia 1 IV via USB and offers four additional ports on its underside. There’s a USB-C port for charging, an Ethernet port for wired internet, a 3.5mm jack for plugging in a gaming headset, and an HDMI port for outputting game footage to a capture card. The fan speed can be controlled automatically by Sony’s software, or you can fine-tune its RPM manually.
In addition to selling the Xperia Stream by itself, Sony also sells it in a so-called bundle. Xperia 1 IV Gaming Edition For 189,200 yen (about $1,330). The phone version is sold in this package It has 16GB of RAM, up from 12GB of RAM on the base Xperia 1 IV model. It is unclear if or when the cooling fan or Gaming Edition smartphone will be released in Europe or North America.