So let’s say you’re a rich dude. And you got two HDTVs in your apartment, with the other in your bedroom. Your girlfriend or roommate (or both?) is playing their Xbox One in the living room, and you want to continue a game you’re playing on your PS4 but don’t want to do the whole deed of unhooking the system from the living room, bringing it into your room, and hooking it up to your HDTV. Or, you just don’t want to be a douche and say, “Hey. Get off the TV. I want to play.” Well folks, you now have an option… whenever they announce it for the United States, of course.
Introducing the PS Vita TV: an awesome little device that not only can stream PS4 gameplay onto different TVs in your home, but is also a PSP/PSOne/Vita and streaming video/music player all rolled into one. Andrew House announced the existence of this device this morning at the PlayStation press conference held in Japan, a week ahead of the Tokyo Game Show, and is currently priced at 9,954 yen (or $99.98 USD, with current conversion rates). Current video services announced for the platform include Nico Nico Douga and Hulu, but I presume that when the inevitable U.S. announcement comes, we’ll see Netflix on it as well.
Let’s think about this for a second: at $100 less than the Vita, you can now play all those wonderful Vita games you’ve ever wanted to play on a big screen TV. There’s a caveat though: Because the Dual Shock 3 is what interfaces with the PS Vita TV, Vita titles that have touch screen capability won’t be totally playable. Bummer.
But hey, at roughly $99, it’s a better deal than an Apple TV since it plays games. With Apple continuously touting that the Apple TV runs iOS, it’s only a matter of time until Apple announces that their entire app ecosystem will be available for Apple TV. Sony’s announcement positions its Vita TV ahead of any potential announcement from Apple, and the implications of this device’s existence is truly staggering. Better than getting an Ouya at the same price? It’ll all depend on how the interface is and whether or not Sony’s learned their lesson in that department.
Will you be getting Vita TV? I know I will, if only because it’ll give me an excuse to play through Persona 4 Golden… again.
UPDATE! More details regarding the Vita TV were clarified by Sony today:
- There will be a system software update to patch in DualShock 4 support.
- It can connect to other PS Vitas via ad hoc mode.
- Two DualShock 3 controllers can be paired to the system, allowing for playing PS1 titles.
- PS Vita can be used as a controller for some Wii U like functionality.
- Will support “nasne”, a networked recorder and media storage device.