Sony introduces the PS Vita TV, an Apple TV competitor that plays games

By , Sep 9, 2013

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It appears that the PlayStation 4 isn’t the only new gaming hardware we’ll be seeing from Sony this year. The Tokyo-based company has just announced PlayStation Vita TV, a 6 x 10 cm console and set-top box that can connect to your TV.

The device is based on PS Vita hardware, and besides playing Vita, PSP and PS1 games, it also offers access to a range of entertainment services and PS4-specific features. And, priced at $100, it’s aimed squarely at Apple’s set-top box

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The Vita TV measures in at a tiny 6 x 10 cm, and its supports a variety of streaming services including Hulu, Netflix and of course Sony’s PlayStation Store. It also runs Vita-like apps, such as the LiveTweet Twitter client and ebook Reader.

But where Sony’s mini console really impresses is in its gaming features. In addition to playing a number of games on its own, it can be used as an extender for PS4 games, letting you play them on a separate TV screen than the one the PS4 is connected to. It can also act as a second Vita system to enable ad-hoc multiplayer gaming with the portable console.

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The PS Vita TV launches in Japan on November 14 for 9,954 yen, or $100 USD. There will also be a bundle that comes with a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB storage card for close to $150. Unfortunately, there’s no word on a US release.

All told, it looks like Sony has a solid offering here—one that could potentially steal some market share from Apple. And while the company has long been rumored to be upping its living room presence, we have yet to see the talk materialize.

So, what do you think of Sony’s PS Vita TV?

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  • Chris Tangler

    Looks all right but if you have a Vita, PS3 / PS4 and an apple TV already, then what is really the point of this. I don’t see any features that scream, BUY ME anywhere. Just an initial though though.

    EDIT: I guess the only feature worth even mentioning is that you can play your PS4 on whatever TV you have this hooked up too, not just the TV that your PS4 is hooked up to. Still not worth buying in my opinion.

    • Charlie Val

      Play your Vita games on your TV.

      Like the Apple TV has a BUY ME feature.

      • Chris Tangler

        Ya but your ps3 already has this feature doesnt it?

        the BUY ME feature on the apple tv is that it’s gone through more than 1 revision on it…if i could get something that was initially launching or something that has launched with 3 iterations and they do the same thing, i’m getting the one with 3 iterations…mostly because “most” of the bugs “should” be out of it by then…i would “guess” this is going to have a lot of bugs in it, but it is just a guess

      • Singed

        In my opinion, this is a great new idea from Sony. I mean, PS Vita games on the TV is really cool, as, truth to be told, the Vita games are pretty awesome.
        I, for one, don’t have neither the Vita, nor the PS3, nor the AppleTV and I think that is a pretty good deal.
        I mean, Ouya sold really well, and the games there are pretty much garbage. This is like the Ouya V2 for the same price!

      • Chris Tangler

        i would agree that if you dont have a ps3, apple tv, PS Vita or any type of streamer that this is probably something to consider…especially if you like sony products…i do have a launch model PS3 and have had no problems with it…so i guess if i go off of that, this should be a well built machine

      • Singed

        I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of Sony products, but I do have some history with them. My furst console was actually a PSP, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Sony VAIO laptop didn’t turn out that great. After falling from a medium distance, the screen broke beyond repair, while after a hit to the keyboard, it stopped working altogether.
        I also have a 3D Sony Bravo and have no complaints about it. I might say their hardware might not be the cheapest there is, however, they do have the sort of “Apple polishing” style. This lil’ box seems pretty great, I wonder if it will be launched in Europe.

      • Charlie Val

        You can’t play Vita games on your TV until now.

    • Chris

      And from your perspective (as you said), I would agree: Not worth buying if you have the devices you listed.

      For me, I don’t have a PS3 and can’t really afford a PS4. That’s one reason to maybe like this and it’s a chance to try out the Sony Playstation lifestyle on-the-cheap.

      Basically a cheap console that let’s me play new games and doesn’t have a large hardware footprint but has a large library of decent games that I can find used? From my perspective, I’d get one.

    • Matthew Cooper

      Yeah I agree the feature where u can play PS4 in the other room has me sold. It might save me from having to buy my kids a PS4 and myself one. Lets hope it is implemented well and not just a gimmick.

    • http://duhublog.com/ duhublog.com

      Chris makes a good point. Simply games that you can play on your TV from your Vita isn’t a compelling reason alone IMO.

      It will be interesting to see how well this sells. It could either be a huge hit, or another flop like the original Vita was. Apple in particular will be a problem. They already have a huge install base. Sony needs a compelling reason to own a Vita TV at this point to overcome the Apple super-giant.

  • Khan Rulzz

    Its not even close !!!!

  • Linton Findlay

    looks interesting, considering the vita platform was flopping. hopefully this will boost interest in the platform

    • Charlie Val

      Vita will still sell regardless of this.

      • Linton Findlay

        i know the vita sells, but this is going to boost the sales of the vita

      • Singed

        Vita doesn’t sell all that well, it needs every boost it can get. I mean, in the last quarter they sold, like, what, seven units?

  • jocastro

    looks amazing to me

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I’m not sure why someone would buy this. Why not buy a used ps3?

  • Gróf Attila

    looks charming, price is okay i guess.
    any news of the release time to Europe?

  • Allen Greathouse

    I’m confused on how the remote ps4 play works can anyone explain?

  • Adham

    This is pretty cool, but I heard over at The Verge that game support is limited though :/

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Nice, but never buying a console again after the PS3, moved to the future-proof PC gaming.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      you will never get a god of war on a pc. and then there are tons of titles i can go on with.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Says who? I already play PS2/PSP games on my PC (Surface Pro), part of which was God of War 1/2/Chains of Olympus. Consoles are just PCs with a proprietary OS, nothing more. Sooner or later, I’ll be playing PS3/Xbox 360/Wii games on my PC while you enjoy being locked to one section…enjoy.

  • Grande PHD

    better than my apple tv i guess