All About PlayStation Vita TV – 2 Controllers For PS1 Games, Has Standby Mode

By Spencer . September 9, 2013 . 3:36am

 

Sony revealed PlayStation Vita TV, a 6.5cm x 10.5cm device that is essentially a Vita that you plug into your TV. The device will go on sale on November 14 for 9,954 yen making it around $100.

 

PlayStation Vita TV plays all Vita games. You can load games through a Vita card slot or from the device’s memory card slot. PSP games and compatible PsOne classics will run on PS Vita TV too. You can also use remote play to stream a PlayStation 4 game to a TV in a different room. Like the revised Vita, PlayStation Vita TV has a built in 1 GB of memory.

 

Players can play games using a DualShock 3 controller. The system actually supports up to two DualShock  controllers for multiplayer when you are playing PsOne classics and ad hoc mode for multiplayer games like God Eater 2. PlayStation Plus membership works on PS Vita TV, as well.

 

PS Vita TV has standby mode so you can pause progress instead of turning your system off. If you have a TV with Consumer Electronics Control built in you can set up the system to automatically power PS Vita TV when your turn your TV on. Content saved on Sony’s nasne TV record can be viewed on PS Vita TV and you can back up game date to nasne too.

 

These video services will be available in Japan for PS Vita TV: Hulu, Tsutaya TV, Nico Nico, Sky PerfecTV! On-Demand, TBS The World Heritage Selection, DMM.com, TV dogatch, and U-Next.

 

The system will have a web browser, email, party, and chat (voice and text) applications built in. Sony will also have apps for Joysound TV (karaoke), Music Unlimited, radiko.jp, Reader for Vita, and LiveTweet for Vita.

 

 

 

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PlayStation Vita TV specs straight from Sony

Product name

PlayStation®Vita TV (PS Vita TV)

Color

White

Product code

VTE-1000 AB01

Release date

November 14, 2013

Recommended retail price

9,954 yen (including tax)

External dimensions

Approx. 65.0 × 105.0 × 13.6 mm (length × height × thickness)

Mass

Approx. 110g

CPU

ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4core)

GPU

IMG SGX543MP4+

Main slots and connectors

・PlayStation®Vita card slot

・Memory card slot

・USB connector (USB 2.0 Type A)

・HDMI output port (HDMI-CEC)

・LAN port (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX)

Wireless communication

・IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n=1×1) (Wi-Fi)

・Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP,AVRCP,HSP,HID)

Internal memory card

1GB

AV output

720p, 1080i, 480p

Sound output

LPCM 2ch

Power

AC adaptor: DC 5V

Maximum rated power consumption

Approx. 2.8W

Included

・PlayStation®Vita TV × 1

・HDMI cable × 1

・AC adaptor × 1

・Power cord × 1

・Printed materials × 1


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  • Terr

    by the nine

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    Honestly this is kinda cool. It’s perfect for those who want to experience the good Vita games on offer without having to drop the money for the actual handheld console.

    Now whether it’ll leave Japan is another question.

    • KuroRyuu913

      Seeing as the trailer shown on the conference was in english, there is a VERY good chance that it will.

    • CirnoLakes

      It’ll leave Japanese shores via and importer if they don’t localize it, that’s for sure.

      Because I’ll be getting one. I need this for my Tales games, which are Japanese anyway. And of course all Sony systems now-a-days are region free.

  • SHSL Big Bro

    …I feel like I massively overpayed for my vita if this is true.

    • Matthew

      Well you can take the Vita anywhere, and the TV thing won’t have compatibility with touch-enabled games.

  • Go2hell66

    “PlayStation Vita TV plays all Vita games”

    no it does not

    • D H

      hmm… it plays them, they just may not be playable. Yet. That part with the DualShock 4 “talking” to the Vita TV gives me some pretty nice big hope for it though, since it does have touch control.

      • Hound

        It doesn’t look like Dualshock 4 is compatible (they only used their 3s for it in the commercial, even though they had a PS4).

        Unfortunate since DualShock 4 + L2 or R2 (to switch the touchscreens) WOULD make a few touch games somewhat playable =/

        Rather curious to see if they won’t have any compatibility for games that use precision touch, visual + gyro, or any kind of touch. Most games I’ve played on vita (including Sony’s Gravity Daze) would be unplayable..

        • D H

          They haven’t said it’s compatible, but in the video, there is a part where we clearly see the PS4 talking to the Vita TV, and the DS4 talking to the Vita TV as well, which would be odd, since if it only worked with the DS3, the controller wouldn’t need to talk to the Vita TV at all. Also, after showing that it does Remote Play, we see the people playing the game on their TV, which is not the same as the one the PS4 was near, with a DS4, not the DS3. Everything they’ve shown seems to imply that it will be compatible, which makes sense; it is just a bluetooth connection, the same as the DS3, so why wouldn’t it be?

          • Kevadu

            But why won’t they sell it with a DS4 then? It just seems strange to me that this is shipping with DS3s. OK, so the PS4 doesn’t launch until February in Japan, but this is coming out almost at the same time as the PS4 does in the US. So DS4s are clearly in production and the general public is already going to have their hands on them.

          • D H

            I haven’t seen anything about a US launch on this yet, so it’s always possible, but who knows? I could be completely wrong, and the “evidence” I see in the video could just be unfortunate coincidence. Perhaps, however, this is also simply a cost factor. Adding a DS4 would certainly be more expensive than adding a DS3 to the bundle, and by using the older controller, they are able to hold that sub-$100 price point.

          • Kevadu

            I didn’t mean for the US launch. It’s just that since DS4s will already be ‘in the wild’ you might as well sell this device with a DS4 even in Japan. Especially when there’s the possibility of using the touchpad to make up for the missing touch controls. I mean, that one change could potentially significantly increase the number of games that are playable with this thing.

            And I really doubt that there’s much difference in manufacturing cost between the DS4 and DS3. The DS4 might cost a little more, but not much.

          • D H

            I do agree, I just don’t really have an answer. The only other thing I could think of as to not include a DS4 is that it may encourage you to purchase an additional controller with your system? If they included it, and you bought both a PS4 and PSVtv, then you’d no longer need to invest in a second DS4. It’s fairly well assumed that Sony is selling the PS4 at a medium-to-hefty loss, so that would help in making up for it, ever-so-slightly.

          • Solomon_Kano

            As a note, it’s only at that sub-$100 point without a DS3.

            The DS4 will retail for just $6 more than the DS3 currently retails for, according to Wal-Mart and Amazon’s pricing, so it wouldn’t have shifted the bundle’s price much if they had included it.

            Your earlier mention of the Vita TV and PS4 launching at different times is likely the real reason, since there’s no launch outside of Japan yet.

          • D H

            Ah, really? I hadn’t seen that the sub-$100 didn’t include the DS3… that does blow a hole in that idea then…

          • Solomon_Kano

            Now that I read your earlier comments (I’d only read the one I replied to prior), I believe I can clear this up a bit:

            The DS4 will be compatible with the Vita TV, because it HAS to be for purpose of the PS4 streaming since the PS4 is incompatible with DS3. That said, the DS4 and Vita TV will only communicate for that. At present anyway, the DS4 will not be used with the Vita TV to play actual Vita and PSP games.

            So what you saw was correct, but I think you associated what was being shown differently than was intended.

      • zaidandzhadow

        You could always play them with a VITA as controller

        • ronin4life

          Then why buy this at all?

          • Solomon_Kano

            I suppose the folks asking for TV out on the current Vita would be fine with that idea, seeing as they’d have had to use the Vita as a controller if it had TV out.

            But for the people who don’t already own Vitas, yes, this would defeat the purpose.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Why don’t they just add the feature like they did with the PSP Go, seems silly it’s not a standard.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Because then they wouldn’t be able to introduce this cheaper entry level device and take on the set-top box folks.

            After all, why add a feature when you can make more money by leaving it out?

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            That’s a given, it was more of an annoyed rhetorical question.

          • zaidandzhadow

            it’s called sarcasm…

            And i think that this system is for you to be able yo play in your TV that’s why

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            The PSP Go could play on your TV with a PS3 controller and was also mobile.

          • zaidandzhadow

            This is not PSP Go

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Uhh, drrr, it’s a point that the last generation was able to do this yet this new gen can’t. A common complaint of innumerable people.

          • zaidandzhadow

            You know companies are trying their best to get even the last penny of us consumers, no matter what, i can remember when some maps or poster came in the standard edition of a game, the plus chapters on games came in the same standard edition, but now these are different times, sadly.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Of course, but it doesn’t change the validity of it. If we keep buying the junk they sell, they will keep making.

  • http://otoboku.se manga

    So why not instead of releasing it as a stand alone piece of equipment have the PS4 be able to play PSP/Vita games instead?

    Or why not patch the PS3 to be able to play them on the larger screen as well?

    I cannot call something that is simply a Vita rehash hooked up to a larger screen by HDMI cable a “TV”…

    What is Sony thinking about now?

    • 324234

      Because that wouldn’t be a $100 console.

      • http://otoboku.se manga

        True that. But then again, if Sony is willing to do this, then why not add the features to the PS3/PS4 as well to get people to choose?

        • mixedfish

          Because making more SKU’s would add costs to the production line, and reduce the availability of consoles at launch.

          More SKU’s also mean more trouble down the line when they have to make the console cheaper and start cutting some features. People will then get butt hurt because they lose a feature but don’t want to pay for it.

          Just look at the 60gb PS3′s history.

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            True. Forgot about how they went rogue on the PS2 backwards compability. Best feature of the PS3 and they removed it.

          • zaidandzhadow

            That was to get more sales of HD editions as HD editions came to be more common.

        • D H

          Because that would raise the prices of those systems or potentially have compatibility issues, as the only way to do so would be putting Vita hardware in them, or running the games through an emulator, which takes much more power than the system that simply runs the games. I know the PS3 already has a PSP emulator (as shown by the minis and some rather shady alternative methods), but I’m not sure it’d be able to run a full featured Vita emulator; hell, most average computers these days will play modern games decently enough, but don’t even come close to being able to run PS2 emulators at full speed.

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            Emulation is not my area of expertise so I can´t say anything about it.

            Thanks for the info though. I did not know this info.

    • Spirit Macardi

      I think it’s a great idea personally. I have no interest in the PS4, and the PS3 is likely not powerful enough to emulate the Vita.

      This could be a good alternative for people who want to play Vita games but don’t want to own another handheld.

      • http://otoboku.se manga

        I don´t like handhelds since I´m old and sitting or lying in bed with the PS Vita for 8 hours is really doing a number on my joints. Getting to play every PSP/PS Vita Game on the fullhd TV that I have while using a dual shock 3 is basically what I´ve been looking for since the handhelds got to hurting to play for long hours.

        Still it would make me even happier if I didn´t have to pay again for something that could as easily have been configured into the PS4 or as a patch to the PS3.

        And I do think that the current models of the PS3 are powerful enough to emulate PS VIta. So far the games I´ve seen are not better or bigger than the PS3 games. But yeah that is from a guy like me. I could be wrong. But simply considering the media used for the different consoles should prove quite a big difference.

        • Solomon_Kano

          That’s the thing: I doubt it couldn’t have been easily done.

          They probably could’ve managed PSP emulation, since the PS3 is capable of PS2 emulation, but I doubt they could’ve got Vita emulation working with so little as a patch. The PS2 software emulation is still imperfect as is (we can’t get SMT: Nocturne and the other PS2 games on its engine).

          As for why it’s not integrated in PS4, economics. The Vita TV is built on Vita hardware and clocks in at $100. The PS4 clocks in at $400 without that. Do you jack up the PS4′s price for everyone or do you provide a low-cost alternative simply for those who want it?

          Also, keep in mind that the Vita TV takes the Vita’s physical media in addition to DD. So making this exact device work within the parameters of the PS3 would be physically impossible, since it lacks space for Vita memory and game cards.

          • Kevadu

            Mind you, the PS4 should be 100% capable of emulating Vita hardware. But even then you still need to develop the emulation software (which is far from trivial) and emulation is never perfect.

            But they’re also marketing this device as a second TV companion to the PS4, and for its streaming video services.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Could it though? It takes a mighty tough computer just to emulate PS2 games at full speed, so I’m not so certain that the PS4 could emulate Vita from a hardware standpoint as is. But, yea, even then emulation is never perfect.

            That too. They aren’t the same device because Sony would be getting rid of this entry level market they’re trying to make for the PS brand if they just added this feature to the PS4.

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            Didn´t they say something about the PS Vita being able to play PS4 games by some kind of streaming? Like you can do with PSP and PS3? Play certain games from the PS3 on your PSP?

          • Solomon_Kano

            Remote Play? Yea, the PS4 does the lifting and streams the game to the Vita. It’s available in a VERY limited fashion between the PS3 and PSP as well.

            I don’t want to assume too much, but I take it you’ll be wondering why they can’t enact some kind of reverse form of that to stream PSV games back to the PS4?

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            Actually I won´t wonder about that as the topic has already been answered multiple times here :) Different coding and different components.

            I know I used my old PS3 to stream disc based Xenogears to my PSP. But there were a bit to much lag for me to play that.

            But it would have been awesome if they succeded in shrinking the MB of the Vita and place it together on the PS4 XD

          • Solomon_Kano

            Huh. I didn’t even know you could do remote play with disc based games. I’d only used it with digital PS1 games. Totes gonna try that with Crash Bandicoot later haha.

            Maybe someday when the PS4′s price comes down, we’ll see it happen. Keep hope alive? lol

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            I didn´t have a digital copy back then of Xenogears so tried it with my disc version XD It worked but as said, the input lag was…

            When they announce the PS4 Slim maybe :)

          • Solomon_Kano

            Man, if that thing gets any slimmer it might cut somebody lol.

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            Hahahaha well. It might cut somebody even now.that edge is kinda menacing looking if you ask me XD

          • Solomon_Kano

            Goodness, Black Friday’s gonna be violent lol.

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            Very nice points. For PS3 I agree with you since the PS Vita TV handles physical media as well.

            For PS4 since the design might be “complete” but it should have been easy to make a slot for PS Vita cards.

            Sony likes to sell “complete solutions”. So making it as such with one product to do it all makes more sense than having 3 products do the same thing :p

            But yes. The price is reasonable and if it were included in the PS4 the price would rise so it´s a better thing for the consumers to get to choose what they want.

            I´m just a bit spoiled with some things. One plattform to play everything on together with the fullhd TV I have is way more interesting thoughtline for me than having to change channels, consoles and whatnot. So I´m a bit lazy as well XD

          • Solomon_Kano

            Understandable. Everyone wants the one ring console to rule them all!

          • http://otoboku.se manga

            Always! And espacially for lazy guys like me XD

    • DesmaX

      Different Consoles runs different types of codes, that behaves only on that Hardware

      This apparently uses the Vita components, so the games should work fine

      • http://otoboku.se manga

        One can only hope it will work as intended for Sony. I´m a bit sad I might have to get this since my Vita is fun and all but man, my hands hurt after playing for a couple of hours.

        I can say that I forgot about them running different types of codes. Since I was spoiled with a backwards compability PS3 and everything worked like a charm on that one.

  • Komali

    what an ugly presentation…

  • TheExile285
    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      you getting one? Exile?

      • TheExile285

        Probably get one before I get a PS4

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          sounds like a plan.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            It does intrigue me, but this is something the Vita should have done out of the box. With the Vita 2000 announced, and this feature still not included it is clear they have no intention to despite the PSP Go and it’s feature to do the same with a PS3 controller. Greed. Almost makes me want to sell my Vita and get this out of spite, but then I have no mobile gaming.

    • Erikdayo

      I was wondering how it’d play Vita games that use touch functions. It doesn’t?

      Wonder if there’s any chance of streaming touch Vita games from Vita to Vita TV. It’d be awkward for some games but not bad for others.

      • TheExile285

        Depending on the game, I would just think they would patch it so you press the L2 or R2. In the video when they showed Soul Sacrifice on the TV, it was missing the black rite button on the end probably because they patched it R2 or L2 when played on Vita TV.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          O_O you have a point

        • Erikdayo

          Yea. For games like Soul Sacrifice and Disgaea it’s fine. I was thinking something like DJ Max Technica Tune where you may need to press a specific spot on the touch screen. But then again, that is best left to an actual Vita portable. Would be almost pointless to play on a big screen for anything but showing friends what the game is like.

    • Kami nii

      Persona 4 G on the big screen is killer!

      • CirnoLakes

        And I wouldn’t be surprised if it actually looks better than the PlayStation 2 counterpart. I don’t know what PS Vita games look like on the big screen.

        But I do know that the PSP games on an emulator look as good as PlayStation 2 emulated games and that the PSP was roughly as powerful as the PlayStation 2. So, the PlayStation Vita should in fact be a considered upgrade from the PlayStation 2. Even if it is just a handheld.

        I’m personally looking forward to playing my copies of Tales of Innocence and Tales of Hearts.

        • MrRobbyM

          PSP games, to my eyes, is somewhere between PS1 and PS2 but closer to PS2. The Vita is about one step up from that. Between a PS2 and a PS3 but a bit closer to a PS3. Kind of like the DS being a slightly more powerful N64 and the 3DS being a handheld Gamecube.

      • AuraGuyChris

        Suddenly, many people that spent $400 in capture devices designed for Vita are crying.

        • TheExile285

          LOL you are right lol

    • roydgriffin

      Damnit, no Gravity Rush on this list – the one game I really wanted to see on a big screen.
      I know it’s called Gravity Daze in Japan, but I don’t see that either. :(

      • Ashelia Poundland Dalmasca

        doesn’t that rely on touch functions, if i am not mistaken? i dunno as i haven’t played it (vita-less)

        • TheExile285

          It does. The game has a lot of touch and motion features.

          I can see it working though so maybe it will get a patch. (R2+Analog stick for Gravity Slide, L2 for dodging and quick time events)

          • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

            Motions can still bedone with the DS3 Controllers. Touch might be implemented if you have the DS4 Controllers.

          • TheExile285

            Lol, I hope they just do the R2+Analog stick for motion controls. I hate them on Vita so I can’t see a controller being better lol.

          • Xaxal_Ravenguard

            I think the biggest kicker is that the menus are touch only.

            Therefore, if you got it on Vita TV, you wouldn’t be able to start the game.

            Hope they patch in DS4 support.

        • roydgriffin

          Ah, I didn’t think about it that way… That makes sense! Still a shame. :/

    • Wappuli

      Well that sure sucks. This was first the most exciting news from the conference for me but the only game I might be interested in that list is Persona 4 Golden.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      so mostly games that mostly uses the touch functions

    • DesmaX

      Great, Ys Celceta works on this

      I think the series play horribly on Handhelds. I could buy the Vita TV just for that

    • Hound

      From Sony you can play Soul Sacrifice, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, Motorstorm RC, & When Vikings Attack but CANNOT play:

      Hot Shots Golf (Everybody’s Golf) 6, Gravity Daze, Little Big Planet (Vita), Little Deviants, Resistance: Burning Skies, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Unit 13, Wipeout 2048, Killzone: Mercenary, & Tearaway.

      Aren’t the Gyro & Touch Screen optional when you’re playing Wipeout 2048 & Hot Shots 6? O.o

  • Mr_SP

    This is a pretty neat, cheap, option for those people who don’t see a huge benefit to a handheld. Not bad, Sony.

    However… I don’t get it. I can play PS4, using Remote Play to my Vita… to my TV that my PS4 is already next to? PLAYING TV ON MY HANDHELD ON MY TV!? VITACEPTION!

    • http://www.unit03.net blackraen

      Your Vitaception train breaks at the Vita -> TV part. The remote play function won’t be part of the Vita TV. The best way to think of it is PSVita TV is to Apple TV as PSVita is to iPhone. Similar, many applications have compatibility, but they’re different OSes thus different functionality.

      For instance, sounds like PSVita TV isn’t compatible with any games that require touch functionality. Sounds like a big hit for platform that pushes touch so hard.

      • Mr_SP

        Look at the video, at 45 seconds. Two guys come in to turn on their PS4, and play *Knack*. If this isn’t some form of reverse remote play, I don’t know what it is.

        • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

          I’m pretty sure this will also be compatible with the PS4 controllers, too. So, touch compativility via that controller would solve some of those issues.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Not bad. not bad at all

  • Rytan

    If this thing will play Dragon’s Crown, Murmusa, and Final Fantasy X HD… then I know the next thing I’m actually saving up for.

    • Abysswalker90

      Dragon’s Crown and FFXHD are available for PS3. o_o

      • OkamiKing

        But not everyone has a ps3. And this is cheaper.

        • Rytan

          Yeah. Granted a PS3 can be had for $150 and up used, but I like buying brand new devices. And $100 vs. $200? Yeah, the winner is clear.

          • ronin4life

            Isn’t it 100 With no controller and limited memory? Along with a much smaller library.

            By the time it matches a ps3… you have paid pretty much the same you would have for a comparitively gimped device

          • Rytan

            Ah, didn’t realize it didn’t come with a controller. I need to not read things early in the morning.

  • Matthew

    I will definitely buy one when they come to Europe. Play Vita games on my TV for like £99? Count me in.

  • WhyWai

    why Sony… Why dun let me have the option to simply stream my Vita to TV instead of making an complete isolated system…. T______T

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    I am quite confused on who this product is targeted for here. Isn’t the main purpose for Vita is to allow console gaming experience outside of house/on the go.

    With this product, won’t it just cannibalized on Vita sales or even worse PS3 sales? As now, many big games for Vita also come out on PS3?

    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

      Not everyone is interested by the on the go nature of handheld , some people just want them for their own set of exclusive games …
      Where i live almost no one is going to pull out a vita out in the street or in a bus with thiefs and morons all around .

      and it does have more features than that . Besides what do they care about cannibalizing vita and ps3 hardware sales at this point ? they will make more money from software being pushed .

      I dunno about you , but i definitively will pay extra for the chance of playing Persona 4 Golden and soul sacrifice on a tv screen

  • Ephidiel

    now tell me it can actually run with a HDD or supports 3rd party Memory Cards

    • TheExile285

      its probably gonna be Sonys MC. Since its not DD only though, you could just buy a 8GB for $20

  • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

    I am guessing this is Sony’s answer to the… Ouya?

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      but I bet it works 100 times better lol

      • CirnoLakes

        Well, it certainly has a much better selection of exclusive games, in my opinion.

        I don’t have an Ouya, so I can’t speak for its compatibility personally. But I assume it can play some of the more high budget games like Chaos Rings?

    • ddh819

      vita can’t sideload android apps, can it?

  • Kai2591

    So small…yet so powerful….
    Thank you technology, thank you.

    • CirnoLakes

      I’m only waiting until contact lenses and eye implants |only does everything|TM.

  • Anime10121

    Wander how you play games like Gravity rush with this tho?

    • TheExile285

      Map Gravity Slide to R2 and steer with Analog stick. Map dodging to L2 and map quick time events to Analog click.

      I guess you could use the motion controls on DS the same way as Vita but I personally turned them off when i played and used the analog stick.

  • Arthur Lau

    Ouya Vita

  • Spirit Macardi

    Gotta be honest, this is actually somewhat appealing to me.

    The reason I don’t want a Vita is because I don’t want a third handheld around that I have to keep charged up (since I need to keep the PSP because the Vita can’t play UMDs).

    This though, a device that just hooks up to my TV, takes up barely any space, and doesn’t need to be recharged… If this comes westward, I may just buy it!

  • http://kinlit.com Kuiper

    Does the system still use Sony’s proprietary memory card format?

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Yes, although like the new Vita model, it has 1GB of memory built-in.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Is this thing region locked? I mostly play JP games anyway so I want to import the japanese version.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    I personally don’t care about this. I generally avoid playing games (even console ones, if there are PC emulators available) on a TV as it is. If I wanted to get a Vita, I would get the actual handheld.

    That said, I have to admit, this actually isn’t such a bad idea. Given the current economic situation and the fact that consumers generally view purchasing hardware as an obstacle, a budget “home” console is an attractive option, especially since Vita TV is surprisingly feature rich in spite of its low price. Plus, while I’m probably not going to buy it, I do like the idea of a “home” console that uses cartridges. XD

    The Vita’s software situation would still need improve before this could get anywhere and it’s more likely to be attractive in non-Japanese markets than the Japanese one. Still, it’s a promising idea and could very well give the Vita (no pun intended) a new lease of life.

    • CirnoLakes

      You too, eh? You know, a lot of people erroneously relate emulation as a tendency to piracy. But I more relate it to people wanting a PC gaming experience and consoles actively standing in the way of that experience.

      Emulation offers all of the options of the PC gaming experience, while consoles tend to offer little to no options. Thus why console emulation on the PC have been popular for a great number of years. And I’m glad that PSP emulation is finally starting to get good. It means that people are bridging the gap and less games are truly ‘stuck’ on console or handheld hardware. Some people like console exclusives, but for me it means a game is only possibly doomed to a limited experience and distribution.

      Console exclusivity is why I can’t play I can’t play games like Keio Flying Squadron at an affordable price. If the game were released on the PC back then, the most I’d have to do is maybe run the game on a virtual machine. I really do hope that Sega Saturn emulation continues to improve.

      People say that PC gaming is expensive, but my experience says otherwise. You have to spend just as much money buying console hardware as years go by as PC hardware. Just playing Vita games on the TV with this is going to cost me an extra hundred dollars. And a copy of Keio Flying Squadron will typically go for over $100 dollars. Whereas if the game were on Steam you could probably grab it on a Steam sale for $5.

      PC gaming is also especially cheap now that AMD APUs will run just about anything under the sun at a cheap budget.

      However, I’m still interested in this. Vita games probably aren’t going to the PC anytime soon. And I’d really like the simple convenience of being able to play them on a large screen TV at all. Even if I have to pay a premium for it that I wouldn’t have to with the PC. Following the console gaming world even more closely now than when I grew up with them as a child in the 80s because I’m an adult with disposable income, I’ve grown accustomed to the unnecessary costs involved with consoles and handhelds. It’s worth a few extra hundreds of dollars a year in order to play the games I want to play in the ways that I would best like to play them.

      I am going to be getting this. Though I do hope they quickly make it unnecessary with streaming between Vita and PlayStation 4. I’m going to be getting a PlayStation 4 as well, for the Japanese exclusive games. And I wouldn’t need this device if the PlayStation 4 could serve the same function.

      • brian

        If they undo that streaming requirement, it seems like a ripe opportunity for at least one of their branches to keep it as a requirement and keeping games from getting localized ala SCEA’s dumb policies.

  • DesmaX

    Wonder if it will use the DS4 in the future for Touch-Screen functions.

    I sure hope. I’d rather play games on my big screen anyday

  • WyattEpp

    And with that, Sony drives another nail into the coffin of Android-based micro-consoles.

    I wonder when Towerfall will be announced for PlayStation release? ;)

    • CirnoLakes

      Android is a more open platform, though. So it does have that going for it.

      • WyattEpp

        If this were the world where GP2X and Open Pandora are household names and Desura and Steam have swapped userbase statistics, I might have some faith that “openness” means anything for the average consumer. As it stands, I’m not even sure how many people here have heard of those first two.

        Moreover, Android is, honestly, not all that great as an OS/ecosystem for games for the time being. (The underlying kernel is fine; it’s everything else.)

        Given Sony’s recent push for self publishing, brand recognition, marketing engine, existing library of Vita/PSP/PSX games, and comparatively much larger installed base…

        Well, let’s just say Ouya’s home console competition has simultaneously defanged the premise that they’re behemoths lacking in agility and significantly raised the stakes.

        Hopeless? I don’t think so, but they’re definitely going to have to go back to the drawing board with their strategy after the recent Kickstarter kerfuffle and now this.

        … The timing is definitely curious, though. I get the general feeling this has been in the pipeline for a while, but how long? It certainly WOULD be interesting to find this was initially motivated by Ouya’s declaration of war.

        • CirnoLakes

          You’re right, the ecosystem for games isn’t that great. It definitely would need a lot of work to be anywhere near as desirable to gamers as a PS Vita console.

          I definitely think though that Android does have a lot going for it as a platform and there’s a reason that a lot of people like it. And I can only see that increasing in the future.

          It’s certainly an easier platform than working with PlayStation licenses. In fact one of the reasons that comcept are asking so much for coming to Sony related platform is licensing issues. Android is more free and accessible than the OS software that Sony used(in the case of the Vita, highly customized and restricted FreeBSD).

          • WyattEpp

            Android…well, it’s more that it’s got a lot of big names behind it and for many it’s the less-awful choice that’s still alive. Palm folded WebOS which was JS and awful. Blackberry is stagnant. I think Symbian was decent until it succumbed to being closed-source. Maemo was cooler anyway because it was basically handheld Debian. Meego was looking awesome until Nokia had a lovers’ quarrel with Intel. Catching MS in the rebound for the suicide pact they formed last week more or less kills them as interesting. Kit shipping KDE Active could be nice if it could escape production hell, and Tizen’s pretty much varpourware from what I can tell.

            Android primarily has market share and oh god there’s blood everywhere. Big names release high-end devices that then brute-force their way through whatever’s required of them because of the abysmal GPU driver situation in the mobile handset sector (you can primarily thank Imagination Technologies and Nvidia for that).

            Anyway, re:Sony, they’re supposedly working on lowering that barriers, but I’m not sure where they’re at on it. I suspect that in the next two years, they’ll work the kinks out of their self-publishing because that’s where their real competitive edge remains strong now that MS has backpedaled into their own endzone. We’ll certainly see on that.

            But I’m curious where license fees for Playstation are mentioned? I’ve missed that and, for a small team like Comcept, I’d be surprised if that was nearly so much a factor as the time and resource commitment to porting and QA for even more platforms.

            So yeah, wow, that ended up long. Long like the trail of bodies left in the wake of the Android/iOS cockfight.

  • SS4Nels

    The fact that I will finally be able to play Persona 4 Golden is all the push I need to get this. If it comes to the states, that is.

    • Brandon Morais

      whoa get outta my head man! *high five*

    • brian

      It was a “global” concept video, plus it looked like they were playing Soul Sacrifice in english.

      • SS4Nels

        I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch the video. I was too excited.

        My apologies!

  • Tatsuya1221

    Ok nice three questions:

    1 Can it run crysis(required joke question)?
    2 How are touchscreen games like ys celceta going to work on it?
    3 Is it the same as the vita in functionality (no region lock, need to switch memory cards for multiple accounts)?

    • Brandonmkii

      Basically, any game with heavy touch screen usage won’t work I guess.

      • Tatsuya1221

        If that’s the case, then i won’t buy one, i was getting a vita for Ys celceta, and if i can’t play it, then no thanks.

  • Hound

    So.. I still need two vita tvs to play multiplayer vita & psp games in the same house?

    • ddh819

      well you could get 1 vita and one tv vita, i think Vita TV will let you play with 2 controllers for ps1 games though. I wonder if a regular vita could support that though

    • Solomon_Kano

      If you have more than two players who want to share the TV, yes. Or if you want to play on multiple TVs at once, yes.

      But, since it also supports ad-hoc, it seems that you’d be able to play with people who have the actual handhelds in the same house in addition to the two players on the TV.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    So Sony comes out with a miniconsole hybrid… wonder how Ouya, Gamestick, etc. will respond to this news…

    • Solomon_Kano

      With tears, I’d wager. They’re a bit too small to play the big boy game and try undercutting Sony before the Vita TV reaches market.

  • MrRobbyM

    I think I’d prefer an actual Vita just for the portability and touch screen. But I also really like to play games on a big screen and then there’s the fact that it’s half the price of a Vita. I’m a little torn, actually.

    I’ll probably end up getting both. A Vita first and then a ViTV down the line.

    • ShadowDivz

      Just do like i do with my PSP. Play the games on the go when your leaving and when you come home vita tv.

  • brian

    OMG I SHOULD GET ONE OF THESE BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE LOOK SO HAPPY AND I’D BE HAPPY LIKE THEY ARE IF I GOT ONE OF THESE.
    But that is nearly every game console commercial in recent memory.
    They’ll probably have a solid chance of catching up with Nintendo and then Tales of Hearts/Innocence have a solid chance of being localized and YAYYYY.

  • Rafael Martines

    What about the resolution of the games in Big Screen?

    • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

      Probably won’t be that affected, given that the Vita Resolution isn’t that small compared to most mid-end monitors that only reach 1600×900. Make that close to 40% smaller than most “HD” Resolutions.

  • Magnumsally

    I think this device is pretty much a disaster.

    1) Its not compatible with most of the best vita games leading to confusion
    2) It undervalues the actual vita

    3) makes development a bitch trying to decide how to make a game good with and without features

    • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

      1 and 2 seem to be contradictory to one another.

      3 That’s a case-by-case situation, not all games utilises the touch features on the Vita.

  • Nitraion

    Lol looks like my modem…

  • taekk

    If they just added a UMD drive to this, I would buy it in a heartbeat. Never know when my PSP will die…

  • dragoon_slayer12

    I wish they would either make a device that let’s me WIRELESSLY CONNECT MY TV, or add that feature to this device. This is cool and all, but I don’t want to be limited to a few games due to Vita specific features not use able on a ps3 remote. If it comes stateside, I mite get it. I just REALLY want to connect my Vita to the TV, not a separate “console”.

    I still think Sony should just add a emulator software to let people play psp/vita titles through the console (ps3 and/or ps4)

  • ddh819

    can it use a usb keyboard and mouse (for the browser)?

  • Anon-non

    Wait, why? Why make Vita games in the first place if you’re going to play it on TV? Vita games can very easily be ported onto the PS3 and vice versa. This totally defies the purpose of owning a Vita, portability.

    • Guest

      Some people don’t like handhelds and prefer to play in bigger screens, just like regular Vita you can play PS1/PSP/PSV but with DualShock support, plus streaming and other stuff and cheaper than Vita…

      OK, they created a Vita killer…

      But I think if it sells well more devs are going to create games for VitaTV

      • British_Otaku

        Yeah, that is some chance of this hurting the Vita system even if it increases sales of Vita games.

        As far as the consumer experience though and not Sony’s wallet, I’m pretty happy. >_>

    • TheExile285

      For the people who want to play some Vita games but don’t care about the portability.

      More People Buying Vita games = More Devs make Vita games = Everybody is happy

  • ddh819

    this probably makes more sense in markets where they sell the Torne DVR system. this gives them a whole home DVR solution for people that have more than 1 tv. Wish Torne was available in the US, but it won’t be because of cable. This is like those windows media center extenders (which the xbox 360 can also be) but it can also play games. If they bring it to the US it would need youtube, netflix, amazon support. i wonder if you could store vita games on your ps3/ps4 and then download them via lan to your vita tv.

  • d19xx

    Another great thing this will do to the Vita is it will discourage developers to put too much emphasis on touch gimmick on games.

    • http://linkapics.tumblr.com/ Linka

      Yeah, with an affordable price point like that, more devs’ll want to really appeal to that.

  • ddh819

    how many vitas can you activate on your psn account? just 2?

  • J_Joestar

    Anyone reminded of that 1DS hoax from a while back?

    • brian

      What hoax?

      • Testsubject909

        I think he meant to say Joke.

      • J_Joestar

        It was a joke website someone put up (that looked very official) that advertised a fake 3DS variant (called the 1DS) that was just the bottom half and claimed to be able to connect to your TV/Phone/Tablet/etc… to act as the top screen.

  • Godmars

    As someone who’s never been able to get into handheld systems regardless of what games were available, hence my always complaining about them, this is practically a godsend.

    All that needs to happen is more PSP titles to become available via digital. FF: Crisis Core which I’ve sadly never been able to play more than a few hours.

    • Solomon_Kano

      This. By the gods, SE needs to get their older PSP titles up. I won’t complain about BBS, since it’s pretty much guaranteed for KH 2.5, but not even FFI or the Valkyrie Profile titles? Come on!

  • Steven Higgins

    C’mon, Sony. How hard is is it to make this thing UMD compatible, really?

    • British_Otaku

      That would been something. I’m interested, but also have a small library of PSP games and don’t want to chance it with the store missing out on any favourites. >_>

    • TheExile285

      I can’t even fathom what that would look like.

      • Steven Higgins

        Simple, put a disk drive on top like the PS2.

  • DarthSithZero

    In some way this sounds like a good idea for me, I mean I wish I could play my PS3 anywhere without a tv, but this came to the rescue, now I can play Vita games on my Tv and when I have to got I just grab my Memory, the Game cartridge and I’m ready to go.

    But the problem will be the Touch, gyro and camera function for certain games.Still I’m looking forward to get this than the new Vita.

  • ReidHershel

    Soooooo, this only uses games download on PSN?

    • Solomon_Kano

      PSP/PSV/PS1 games from PSN and physical Vita game cards.

      • ReidHershel

        But does it use the actually UMD’s and stuff?

        • Solomon_Kano

          No lol.

          • ReidHershel

            So just downloads?

          • Solomon_Kano

            > PSP/PSV/PS1 games from PSN

            And Vita game cards, yes.

          • ReidHershel

            Oh Vita game cards caught my interest :D

          • Solomon_Kano

            I said that in my first reply. -___-

          • ReidHershel

            Shhhhhhh, go back to sleep Kano :3

          • Solomon_Kano

            I was never asleep though lol.

  • niko

    I like this. I want it. I do not however see this being popular. It’s too much just a fragment of the game playing population. I think Sony thinks this would apply to non vita users, i don’t see that at all.

  • Anonymous

    Is there really a reason to get a Vita besides being portable now?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Being portable and actually being able to play all Vita games about sums it up.

  • Pyrotek85

    Oh neat, this is kinda like the GameBoy player that Nintendo made for the Gamecube, except it’s a stand alone device and not a console peripheral.

    I already have a Vita but I can see myself buying this, since I don’t really game on the go anyhow.

  • Mnstrzero00

    So there is no reason to buy a vita?

    • Cloud_ST

      There is if you like portable gaming.

  • Max

    If they’re really phasing out the OLED model, it would make it evident this is the route they’re taking with the vita and the handheld will be left in second place.

  • Mir Teiwaz

    Considering the games I’ve played on the Vita so far (Persona 4 Golden and Muramasa) I have to say I’m pretty hype for a device like this. The only thing that could have made Persona 4 Golden any better would be playing it on my HDTV with surround sound.

    I’m curious to know how the touch controls would translate over to a DS3 controller…but I’m sure Sony would have to have thought about that before getting this far into the development stage of things. I hope.

  • Lazulis

    For all the people talking about touchscreen stuff, I’m pretty sure that DS4 support will be patched in later…when the DS4 is actually available.

    But dang are they taking a few pages from Apple

  • artemisthemp

    Smart way for Sony to get more gamers on the Vita platform (even Anti-Handheld ppl)

  • ShadowDivz

    Bout time! Definitely getting this!

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