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Sony Unveil Vita TV Microconsole

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Microconsole, PS Vita, PS Vita TV, Sony

Sony are to enter the microconsole battlefield with a version of the Playstation Vita purposefully designed to operate on big screens as a rival to the OUYA, GameStick, and M.O.J.O.

The Vita TV will play Vita and PSP games on the TV via an HDMI out and will incorporate the use of a DualShock 3 controller. This means that certain games will be unavailable  at release for the system due to the lack of a touch interface, but the Vita TV will also let gamers stream PS4 content to another screen via Remote Play.

It'll cost 9480 yen (£63), and launch in Japan on November 14th. The unit itself  has a slot for PlayStation Vita cards and will also be able to access other digital services such as Hulu.

According to Eurogamer, Sony reported that PlayStation Vita TV is launching in Japan "before other regions", potentialy pointing towards a release elsewhere. However, an SCEE spokesperson also told told the site the following this morning: "We've not made any announcement about whether the 2000 series & Vita TV will be releasing in the UK / Europe."

A pack including a wireless DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card will also be available for 14,994 yen (£96).

Sony have released an extensive list of the games that will be supported at launch for the Vita TV, but there are some notable exceptions, particularly for first-party titles. Where, for example, is Uncharted: Golden Abyss? Where are the likes of Gravity Rush and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation?

Here's a full list of released specifications for the device:

Sony Unveil Vita TV Microconsole

 

Add a comment7 comments
monkey13  Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:12

Man Sony do seem to be the leaders of the pack at the moment.

I'd buy one of these just to put in the spare room if I can access the vita stuff from my PS+ account. Release seems to be unclear about that though.

MikeBeaver  Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:22

or they could have just added a mini HDMI port to the original Vita and it would have done this out of the box.....

monkey13  Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:49

Twice the price though. Fair enough you could then use it anywhere but I have no interest in handheld gaming.

Yooogi  Sep. 9, 2013 at 13:15

I have no interest in playing games with PS1/PS2 quality graphics on a PS3 controller on a 60" plasma.

Competing with OUYA, GameStick, and M.O.J.O. wow thats impressive.

bggriffiths  Sep. 10, 2013 at 09:56

I'm all over this. Yes, the Vita should have had an HDMI-out port anyway, but for those extended game sessions I'd rather play on my TV. I imagine Uncharted et al aren't on the list because of touch features.

Streaming PS4 content to another TV sounds well better than using the vita instead. Great if you want to play downstairs, then a bit more last thing in bed.

Sort Netflix/LoveFilm out on it too and you're golden.

Fingers crossed for an EU release. Not much of a consolation prize for Japanese gamers having to wait until next year for PS4 though.

stevenjameshyde  Sep. 10, 2013 at 10:25

The thing I don't get is, why Dualshock 3? Surely a Dualshock 4 would make vastly more sense for the intended use, namely streaming PS4 games to another display via remote play. Might even be able to map some of the Vita touch features to the touchpad as well

bggriffiths  Sep. 10, 2013 at 10:55

The thing I don't get is, why Dualshock 3? Surely a Dualshock 4 would make vastly more sense for the intended use, namely streaming PS4 games to another display via remote play. Might even be able to map some of the Vita touch features to the touchpad as well


You will be using a DS4 pad to stream the PS4 (as shown in trailer). Seeing as the PS4 isn't until next year in Japan, the PS3 pad is the only option for vita-related use.

But yeah, they should let you use the PS4 pad afterwards for touch stuff, or at least let you stream from the Vita handheld itself.

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