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PlayStation Vita TV will let you play on the big screen

PlayStation Vita TV will let you play on the big screen

Mon 09 Sep 2013 8:22am GMT / 4:22am EDT / 1:22am PDT
Hardware

Micro-console plays Vita, PSP titles, allows PS4 to be streamed to other TVs

Sony has revealed a piece of hardware which it has managed to keep entirely under wraps until now: the PlayStation Vita TV.

Essentially a micro-console in the vein of the Ouya or Gamestick, the Vita TV will play Vita and PSP games on the TV via an HDMI out and using a DualShock 3 controller. It will also let gamers stream PS4 content to another screen should the television it's hooked up to be in use.

A lack of screen means that both dimensions and costs are kept low. The 6 x 10cm device launches in Japan on November 14th, 2013 for 9,480 ($95, 60, €72 appx). A package containing a DualShock controller and an 8Gb memory card will retail at 14,280 ($143, 92, €109 appx).

As well as playing games, the Vita TV will be able to access many of the video streaming services and other functions of both the Vita and the PS4, featuring Hulu, Twitter and various Japan-only channels. No plans have been announced for the device's global release, yet, but full technical specifications are below.

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25 Comments

Neil Young
Programmer

296 372 1.3
Curious how this deals with games that use the touchscreen / touchpad.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Antony Carter
Programmer

85 47 0.6
PS4 streaming to another room is why i would buy one, its a very good idea.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Christian Keichel
Journalist

682 925 1.4
Interesting to see, that Sony launches the device this year in Japan instead of the PS4, it seems they think a low cost console will be a bigger success in Japan, then a high end device. I wonder if this will work. It will surely depend on the number of games the console will launch with (I assume, all games have to be bought digitally) and the price, they will charge for the PSP games. If the titles are cheap, maybe there is a niche market for such a device. Surely more promising then all the Android consoles out there.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

335 283 0.8
This is definitely interesting, it has a great price point so for many it could be an impulse buy. Hoping to see a global release of this soon.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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This is a peripheral I would be interested in. It essentially makes the VITA a portable "home" console. What I mean is that it gives VITA home console features. And thats cool. i love playing on a huge screen.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Jim Webb
Executive Editor/Community Director

2,266 2,405 1.1
Um, touch? How do they plan to allow for touch based gameplay with this? They can't really be very serious about this device...especially after the reception that microconsoles have received lately.

Rick, $99 is kinda pricey for what is basically TV out which even the PSP had.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 942 0.7
Well... I wouldnt go out and buy it the first day and peripherals like this usually get huge price drops and Im anticipating the fact that Ill be able to find it at a very low price especially on amazon or EBAY. Its not even a piece of tech I have to have, but if I see it at the right price Id pick one up.

Im doing the same with the VITA, I want a VITA, but I still feel the price is a bit steep, however now that they announced a new model at 150$ I might pick one up.

Ive come to the conclusion that price drops are inevitable when it comes to electronics, and its best to wait sometimes :)

Posted:A year ago

#7

Neil Young
Programmer

296 372 1.3
Eurogamer has linked a list of which vita games will work with it at launch - I'm guessing that answers the touchscreen/pad question.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Niel and the list reveals that they pretty much just don't support those games, so many of the Vita's biggest titles (Uncharted, Wipeout, Gravity Rush, Tearaway, Rayman Legends, Zero Escape, and Killzone) are all not supported by the new Vita TV.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Brian Perry
Studying Master Science Game Design

5 1 0.2
Is this thing basically a chrome cast?

Posted:A year ago

#10

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,178 1,127 0.5
Maybe not, Nick.... but for those who want to dive into the PSN library and have everything there on the big screen while keeping a Vita for those games that will run on it, this is actually not a bad deal at all. Granted, a bundle of that new redesigned vita and the Vita TV would be cool to see as a limited edition package or at least SCEA should ask its user base if it would buy in at $300 for that handheld and the box together.

Posted:A year ago

#11

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,169 953 0.8
Biggest concerns?

Lack of compatibility with any 'must-have' games and resolution.

Posted:A year ago

#12

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Adam The Vita TV does support up to 720p, but obviously native Vita software wouldn't display in that resolution... it would just be upscaled. More interesting is if PS4 games streamed to it will run in 720p, and if Netflix and Hulu and Youtube will run in 720p.

Posted:A year ago

#13

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,169 953 0.8
That's the resolution issue right there.

Games will more than likely look terrible on a 1080p HDTV (the ones that find support) and there will be devices better at streaming high(er) resolution video.

Hard not to say, but I'm feeling so much afterthought in recent announcements for the portable side of the business. There are some plus points here, one being the idea that this extends the capabilities of the Vita somewhat, problem is there are devices that do all this so much better.

Posted:A year ago

#14

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Adam I agree it's a very imperfect device/solution. I'm not really sure what to make of it, but I doubt I'll buy one, especially with the very limited software library. I already own a Vita anyway.

Posted:A year ago

#15

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,169 953 0.8
@Nicholas

On that note, I have been considering Vita recently as the price comes down and software slowly builds. I knew there would be a re-design so that announcement comes at a good time ;)

Posted:A year ago

#16

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,020 1,467 1.4
@ Adam You'd be better off buying the original Vita with the better screen. I know LCDs are better than they used to be but OLEDs still have a wider color gambit, darker blacks, and sharper in-motion graphics.

Posted:A year ago

#17

Shehzaan Abdulla
Translator

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In an interview to Famitsu, SCEAJ President Hiroshi Kawano had this to say about the target audience of the Vita TV:

Kawano: If I'm honest I'd say that the Vita TV is aimed at those who used to play on the Playstation and Playstation 2 but aren't currently playing games. I feel it is a very attractive product for those who want to play casually. There is a treasure trove of games built up for the system and we want more people to get their hands on them. We believe going forward that making use of old products/properties is going to become an important recurring theme for publishers; there are a lot of good old games out there.

Original Source: http://www.famitsu.com/news/201309/09039724.html
Translation Source: ...err...me. Ahaha.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Shehzaan Abdulla on 9th September 2013 9:56pm

Posted:A year ago

#18

Aaron Brown
BA Computer Science Student

56 21 0.4
Buying a dualshock, vita and this device is a massive investment that I don't think any consumer would be willing to make.

Posted:A year ago

#19

Techni Myoko
Programmer

31 35 1.1
You dont need a vita and this

Posted:A year ago

#20

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,178 1,127 0.5
@Aaron: as the article says:
- that's not a bad price at all for all that, provided you want to play older games and Vita games that will work on the device.

Posted:A year ago

#21

Felix Leyendecker
Senior 3D Artist

182 202 1.1
I wonder why it doesn't output 1080p? The native vita resolution is qHD, which is exactly a quarter of 1080p, it would be much easier to upscale.

Posted:A year ago

#22

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,169 953 0.8
I wonder why it doesn't output 1080p? The native vita resolution is qHD, which is exactly a quarter of 1080p, it would be much easier to upscale.
Me too, but especially considering the GPU has proven itself at resolutions as high as 3k. It would be possible even if streaming/remote play from PS4 required a lower resolution.

Posted:A year ago

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