PS Vita TV Announced

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Sony ended their Pre-TGS press conference with the “out of left field” announcement of PS Vita TV.

PS Vita TV looks to be Sony’s answer to Apple TV/Roku players giving you the ability to stream content from various video services, browse the web, as well as have the ability to play PSP, PS Vita, and PS One games using a DualShock 3. It will also be capable of doing Remote Play for the PS4 meaning that you can turn on the PS4 in one room and hook the PS Vita TV up in another room and have access to most of your PS4 games.

The PS Vita TV launches in Japan on November 14th for 9,480 yen(roughly $100) and will also come in a bundle package containing a PS Vita TV, an 8 GB Vita memory card, and DualShock 3 for 14,980 yen. No word on if this will be available in other regions.

From Press Release:

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today introduced
PlayStation®Vita TV (PS Vita TV), a new entertainment system within the PlayStation®
family that will allow users to easily access video services, games and various content on their
TV at home. The new system adopts chip sets and system software of the PlayStation®Vita
(PS Vita) portable entertainment system and its size is 6.5cm × 10.5cm, smallest of all
PlayStation® platforms that connect to a TV. With PS Vita TV, users can comfortably enjoy
various video services in high quality, including “TSUTAYA TV,” TSUTAYA’s video service
with more than 40,000 contents new and old, “niconico,” delivering array of content including
live broadcasts, and “Hulu,” an online video subscription service with unlimited access to
movies, TVs and anime, by simply connecting the system to the network. In addition, more
than 1,300 software titles for PS Vita*1 as well as various network services for PS Vita and
PlayStation®Plus membership service can be enjoyed on the system. SCE will deliver
PlayStation® experience available on PS Vita TV through system software updates and by
enriching the content, to existing PlayStation® fans, as well as those who have not experienced PlayStation® products.

UPDATE:

  • PS Vita TV users can play games with PS Vita users via Ad Hoc mode. Those users who are not playing but in the same room can enjoy the televised game play that the PS Vita TV users are playing.
  • Up to 2 DUALSHOCK®3 controllers can be connected to PS Vita TV, allowing users to enjoy multiplayer games from PS One classics titles.
  • Videos stored within Memory Card or those videos being played on the “Browser” of the PS Vita system can easily be transferred to PS Vita TV to be viewed on the large TV screen. While being transferred, PS Vita can be used as a remote controller using the video player application.
  • PS Vita TV will also support “nasne™,” a networked recorder and media storage device. Users will not only be able to enjoy content stored within the device but also back up their game data as well as save data on “nasne™” via the network.

Quickly resume game play with Standby Mode
Similar with PS Vita, users can put their PS Vita TV system in standby mode, temporarily saving the system status. With this feature, users will not have to turn off the system completely and can instantly resume their games from the point where they left off. Additionally, if a user owns a TV with CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) specification like BRAVIA™ Sync features, they can set it up to turn on automatically when the PS Vita TV power is turned on, allowing users to resume their game by a touch of a button.

PlayStation®4 (PS4™) remote play
As with PS Vita, PS Vita TV will also support PS4™ remote play and Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4) through future system software update. This will allow users to enjoy most of the PS4™ games on PS Vita TV as if they are playing it on the PS4™ system.

Vast lineup of software titles
PS Vita TV offers a vast lineup of 1,300 software titles*1 from PS Vita games, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) games and PlayStation® games from PSOne classics, including all-time favorites to the latest blockbuster titles like DANGANRONPA1&2 Reload (SPIKE CHUNSOFT Co., Ltd.), GOD EATER 2 (NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.) and SOUL SACRIFICE DELTA (Sony Computer Entertainment). Users will be able to enjoy all of these titles using the Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3).

Various video services*
For the Japanese market, a variety of attractive video services will be available including “SKY PerfecTV! On-Demand,” “TBS THE WORLD HERITAGE SELECTION,” “DMM.com,” “TV dogatch” and “U-NEXT” in addition to “TSUTAYA TV,” “niconico,” “Hulu” and video contents available on PlayStation®Store. SCE will continue to further broaden the video services available on PS Vita TV, delivering entertainment experiences only available on PlayStation®.

*Please consider the Sony and Viacom deal that has just been set up, could this be for a western deal to be announced?

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  • Ω GUNTZ

    SWEET

  • Lukey7707

    I want it!!!

  • That seems pretty cool. I wonder if it will ever make it here (Canada)?

    • ChazzH69

      If Sony have any sense, it’ll be worldwide as soon as possible.

      • So we know it won’t be. lol

        • ChazzH69

          We can but dream.

  • Jahonius

    So basically, it’s a $100 box with VITA installed in it controllable via Dualshock. Isn’t this a team killer though? Or maybe its Sony’s answer to Ouya / and Apple TV.

    It seems great for people who own a PS3 but not a Vita, but I don’t necessarily find a personal use for it.

  • This thing is huge. Will be buying this instead of a second Vita. Simple and easy for any netflix viewer i think. Now all i need is a real PlayStation Phone.

    • Ω GUNTZ

      “The name was Knack, wasn’t it? I like that name myself” really gets me.

    • Agreed, this will be a great addition to any TV in my house without a PlayStation 3/4 connected to it.

  • Keith Dunn

    I am the guy in the board room who goes, “I don’t get it.” Of course, when I buy it, IF I buy it, I’ll probably not know how I lived without it.
    Very basically it allows Vita games to be played on a TV. So those games which don’t fit into my commuting time I can now play on a TV at home? Is that the major deal here? Like the cable I bought for my PSP? Except this includes more stuff like like Netflix, right?
    What KIND of TV will this work with? A smart TV only, right? Something with Networking capabilities? What are these games going to LOOK LIKE on a 60″ Samsung mounted on my wall?
    There are isssuez.

    • MJC

      To me the little box being capable of streaming PS4 games via Remote Play is what attracts me to this since I have occasionally had to move my PS3 around the house to play it. And I will probably use this as a Netflix machine which will mean I can unplug the Wii in my bedroom and use this instead.