The PS4—Sony's new next-generation console—is huge. The PS Vita TV—Sony's other new console announced today—is really tiny. It plays video on demand, streams video from your phone or tablet, and plays video games. It's basically an Apple TV with a joystick.
Today in Tokyo, Sony introduced PS Vita TV. It is a six centimeter by ten centimeter device, making it one small piece of PlayStation hardware.
It will allow you to enjoy video and network streaming services on your TV, such as Hulu, DMM.com, Tsutaya TV, and NicoNico Douga. Of course, you can also access the PlayStation Store.
Outfitted with a PS Vita card slot, it also allows PS Vita TV owners to play Vita games on, well, their TV. They don't even need a Vita—just Vita games, this PS Vita TV hardware, and a DualShock 3. Oh, and a TV!
However, as this Sony release notes, not all PS Vita games can be used with PS Vita TV. The reason being is that the PS Vita has an array of command inputs (touch screen, rear touch pad, mic, camera, etc.) that the DualShock 3 does not.
According to Sony, over a hundred PS Vita games can be played via the PS Vita TV. Over six hundred PSP digital games and over six hundred PlayStation 1 and PC Engine games can be played through PS Vita TV.
In the future, you will be able to use it to stream PS4 games on another television in your house via Remote Play. You can see this in action in the clip below.
PS Vita TV launches in Japan on November 14 for 9,954 yen (plus tax) or $100. There will also be a bundle that comes with a DualShock 3 controller; it's priced at 14,994 (plus tax), which is $150. No word yet about an international release.
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