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During its high profile E3 keynote yesterday, Sony unveiled the PlayStation TV, a rebranded version of the PS Vita TV it showed off last fall. The device is small enough to fit in your hand and costs just $99, making it a direct competitor to the Apple TV.

Like the Apple TV, the PlayStation TV will support a variety of streaming services including Hulu, Netflix, and of course Sony’s own content. But unlike Apple’s set-top box, it’ll have a heavy focus on gaming, supporting some 1000 popular titles at launch…

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Among those titles will be select PS Vita, PSP and PlayStation One classics, and of course those available on the upcoming PlayStation Now streaming service. Now will enter an open beta in late July, and is expected to provide access to PlayStation 3 games.

And in addition to all of these gaming options, the PlayStation TV will also be able to act as an extender for the PlayStation 4. This will allow users to play their PS4 games on a TV set in a household other than the one that the console is physically connected to.

The PlayStation TV is expected to land in the US and Canada this fall with a standalone price of $99. Sony says it will also offer a bundle at launch that includes a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, HDMI cable and “The Lego Movie” video game, for $139.

Apple, for its part, is said to be preparing to up its living room presence as well, but we have yet to see anything materialize. It’s long been rumored to be working on a more capable set-top box with support for apps, games and possibly voice and motion controls.

  • Farbod

    Lolwut

  • Sokrates

    Only when I look at those presentations I realize how outstanding Apple keynotes are.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    Hmm. How do the apps and games work? Are they installed onto the device or streamed? To me this whole “PlayStation TV” sounds like Sony trying to use the PlayStation name to sell these devices since they know if it was called something else they likely wouldn’t sell as well…

    • Tobias9413

      It’s streaming for the games though you can download games to it which is the point of the memory card. The only reason they are using the name “Playstation” is because it can play the Playstation games and it can let you play your ps4 on another tv that the system isn’t hooked up to. It’s focused more on gaming than tv services. This device along with the vita are “extension” devices of the ps4. Allow you to do more with your ps4.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Except by the sounds of things you need a PS4 to play / stream PS4 games. Sony could have been much more innovative with this and made it able to stream PS4 games from the PlayStation Store. Also an 8gb memory card can probably store next to nothing (Owners of an 8gb iPhone can probably vouch for me here).

      • Anthony Antunez

        I think streaming PS4 games would be expensive (for Sony and the customer) and I don’t think Sony’s servers are ready to handle the bandwidth you need to stream games at 1080p or 60fps which is the whole point of playing next-gen games. As for the 8gb memory card, its more than enough for small indie games and save data. The PlayStation TV allows you to play PS Vita game cartridges so you don’t need to install the games on the memory card itself, just save to it which would be Kilobytes of space. If you are planning on actually installing games on it you are going to need a 64gb card. It’s basically a Vita that connects to your TV, that’s it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It’s basically a Vita that connects to your TV, that’s it

        Another wards Sony are overhyping it. Nobody wants to play games designed for a handheld console upscaled horribly (or are the graphics in ps vita games more than capable of being displayed smoothly on a tv without any upscaling?). As for Next gen games Sony could easily handle bandwidth and if for some reason they can’t they could always improve their infrastructure which would help them stay ahead of the competition…

      • Anthony Antunez

        Vita game don’t look that bad, they are slightly below PS3 graphics (people still play PS2 games and are totally fine with it, i’m pretty sure Vita games look better than PS2 on a TV). As for streaming next-gen games, how do you know Sony could easily be able to stream PS4 games? We haven’t even seen how well they can stream PS3 games once everyone starts using PS Now. Plus that would make the PS4 kind of redundant and Sony wouldn’t sell as many consoles if people knew they could be paying a quarter of the price of a PS4 to play the same games.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        how do you know Sony could easily be able to stream PS4 games?

        If they can stream PS4 games via a LAN from a PS4 why can’t they do it via the Internet? The only reason they might not be able to do this is because of bandwidth. If this is an issue then they just use all of the money they have to improve their infrastructure. The other reason might be factors beyond their control such as an ISPs infrastructure in which case Sony just has to set a required specification and if your ISP doesn’t meet it then tough luck…

      • Anthony Antunez

        They could most likely do it but like I said Sony actually wants to sell PS4 consoles, if you could just stream the games on a cheaper console why would you buy a PS4? That’s not good for business.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I suppose so. One could argue the opposite too though and say that by making their games available on a cheaper console they are making them more accessible meaning they can make more money…

      • Anthony Antunez

        Ha that is true. Well we don’t work for Sony so I don’t think we have any business discussing what Sony can and can’t do lol.

      • Mismatch

        I think you don’t understand who the PSTV is targeting. Its for gamers who, I’m going to assume, actually owns a PS4. It’s supposed to complement your PS4 not replace it much like an Apple TV isn’t going to replace an iPad. You say you enjoy streaming games onto you’re Apple TV. Well, same concept here.

        Also on the note of you’re childish “Why cant I play PS4 games on it. It has to buy PS4 games otherwise no one ever will buy it.” argument. There’s a great deal of limitations to streaming games if you didn’t know. Sony spent 2 years trying to get PS3 this to work after it acquired Gaikai, and I truly doubt it will work very well and Microsoft showed of either Xbox 360 or Xbox One (I can’t remember) streaming but told us it required a Very fast internet connection to work, basically limiting it to a very small amount of people.

        Everything doesn’t have to appeal to you so try not to be a jerk about it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Everything doesn’t have to appeal to you so try not to be a jerk about it.

        I’m not trying to and you raise some valid points. The end thing I’m trying to get about is that where Apple is clearly trying to aim at being in everyones living rooms Sony is only really targeting owners of PlayStation devices…

      • Mismatch

        I can agree with you on that. The PSTV is for people already strapped into the Sony ecosystem.

      • Tobias9413

        Sony has PSNow on beta which lets you stream games. I’m currently part of the closed beta and I barely notice any lag in the app.

      • Bob

        With playstation now does it look like it’s being streamed? Do you see artifacts or does it look like it’s being rendered on the machine?

      • Tobias9413

        It can stream your games that you have on your system. And most likely will stream ps4 games with PSNow.

      • Streaming PS4 games? Are you serious?
        This is not just impossible at this moment, as it’s extremely wrong from a marketing point of view.
        Remote play is amazing. I can finally play PS4 in my living room without having to disconnect it from my bedroom’s TV.
        Not only that, but Playstation Now game library is awesome. Playing PS3 games on a $ 99 TV Box is incredible and is a no-brainer buy for me.
        And, as said, an 8 Gb MEMORY CARD, that means it’s expandable (let’s not forget that the games on PS Now are streamed, so no need for a big storage).

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        let’s not forget that the games on PS Now are streamed, so no need for a big storage

        Which is actually amazing. But if you can’t play the latest games what’s the point? I think that in reality these devices are just Sonys response to what Valve is doing with the Steam Box…

      • The big difference between Sony PSTV and Steam Machines is the price and the targeting.
        If you don’t own a PS4, you’ll have a cheap TV Box, with access to all media streaming service and can play PS3, PSVita and legacy games on it. Great for non-hardcore gamers.
        If you do own a PS4, you’ll have this amazing accessory that will expand the functionality of your console. Great for hardcore gamers.
        And, as I said, it would be completely wrong if Sony streamed PS4 games via PSNow, in a market point of view. Why the heck would someone buy a PS4 anyway?
        I think this is a great thing for my parents and sister, that will have Netflix and LBP on a small and cheap box.
        And it’ll be amazing for me, because it’s great accessory to my (future [white])PS4.

      • RyanFoley

        I hope Microsoft has a follow up to this. I want my Xbox One in my living room as the central hub of all entertainment, but I also wanna play game in my bedroom before I go to bed or after I wake up.

      • Tobias9413

        Should’ve gone with a PS4 😉 haha but seriously they most likely will. It’s a good idea and I don’t see them not taking advantage of it.

  • Alberto Espinal

    Do they have Keynotes? LOL!

  • R4

    It’s basically a PS Vita (it can run all ps vita games) but on a bigger screen. It’s better for gaming compared to the current Apple TV but it’s still not a big threat.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Gaming using an Apple TV actually isn’t that bad. You just need to be playing a game that has proper AirPlay support (which is sadly very few)…

    • Anthony Antunez

      It can’t run all Vita games, just most of them. Some definitely require the touchscreen and rear touchpad which you can’t simulate on a DS3.

  • Linton Findlay

    This was announced a few months ago In japan…

  • jack

    Projects ps4 into another tv… Lol pathetic

  • Anthony Gilera

    I see many people thrashing this a lot and I don’t understand why.

    This device is the product of Sony’s Playstation division’s new found, full fledged, dedication towards the gamer. It can either expand the gamer’s capabilities if they have a PS4, or if they can’t afford a full fledged nextgen console they have access to a great library of games. Heck, you don’t even have to just play games, this device can do more things than your Apple TV could probably ever do for now.

    I don’t see this a bad business move, I think this is a great future for the console market. I personally am getting this so I don’t have to keep moving my PS4 downstairs to entertain my friends when they come over, or for when I travel abroad I have the choice to play a console quality game anytime I want on a big screen.

  • iphone5&sgs3

    LOL it’s just stupid. I got ps4 why the hell would I want to mirror my ps to another tv? If I wanna play on a specific tv I connect my ps4 to it.
    PS vita already has an opinion to mirror itself without “PS TV”.

  • Dan

    If this device has access to Playstation 3 games, could be interesting. ie: The Las of Us

    • Robes

      Thats why I find this device amazing. To be able to have access to the entire Playstation Libray is going to change the game forever. No more going to your local store or having to buy the discs. Just download and play. like what? thats amazing!

      • Dan

        Price of the games will also be a factor, but I’ll be keeping tabs on this device for sure.

  • Freddy Born

    So I can buy this little box to play ps3 games? Is it available in Europe too?

  • Robes

    Sony take my $99. I want this now.