Sony Announces PlayStation Vita TV Game Console

Sony Addresses Low-End Gaming Market with PS Vita TV

by Anton Shilov
09/09/2013 | 11:00 PM

Sony Computer Entertainment on Monday introduced PlayStationVita 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 PlayStationVita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system and is the smallest of all PlayStation platforms that connect to a TV.

 

PS Vita TV offers a vast lineup of 1,300 software titles from PS Vita games, PSP (PlayStationPortable) games and PlayStaion games from PSOne classics, including all-time favorites. With PS Vita TV, users can comfortably enjoy various video services in high quality, including Tsutaya, Huly and other. As with PS Vita, PS Vita TV will also support PS4 remote play and DualShock 4controller 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.

In addition to the basic applications preinstalled on the system such as “Browser”, “Email” and “Party”, an application for voice chat and text chat, users will have access to various network service applications available for download including; Music Unlimited, a cloud-based digital music service, simulcast radio service, an e-book application for reading books and comics, and so on.

PS Vita TV will be available first in Japan on November 14, 2013, prior to any other regions, on November 14, 2013, at a recommended retail price of ¥9954 yen including tax (around $100). “PS Vita TV Value Pack” comes with DualShock 3 wireless controller and 8 GB Memory Card, will also be available on the same day at ¥14994 yen. Additionally, a promotional campaign will run at its launch in Japan, offering PlayStation Plus 90 days free trial with every “PS Vita TV Value Pack” purchase.

Sony PlayStation Vita TV will compete against numerous Google Android-based set-top-boxes designed for gaming that are due later this year.