Sony Not Bringing Vita TV To West Yet; Can Technically Play PS3 Games Via Cloud

By Eugene . September 12, 2013 . 11:40pm


In a roundtable discussion with journalists, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said there are currently no plans to bring the upcoming Sony PlayStation Vita TV to the US or European markets.


Nikkei (via: Endgadget) reported House saying, “SCE will release the PS Vita TV in Japan Nov 14, 2013, and in other countries after that. The reason why it will be launched in Japan earlier than in other countries is that there is no leading company in Japan’s video streaming market. The company is planning to sell the PS Vita TV in China, South Korea, etc, but not in the US and European market at this point.”


The PS Vita TV is a “micro-console” that will allow users to play Vita games on their television. The Vita TV will come without a screen and controller, both of which will need to be acquired separately. Once you have a Dualshock 3 controller, you’ll be able to hook the Vita TV up to your TV screen and play Vita games on it.


Nikkei also report House saying that Sony is  “considering” providing PlayStation 3 games via cloud-streaming to the Vita TV in the future. “Technically,’” said House, “the PS Vita TV can support (PS3 games)”.


He also noted that when the Vita TV launches, it will only support the Dualshock 3 controllers, with Dualshock 4 controllers to be supported “in the future.”

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  • DanteJones

    That’s a shame, I was actually pretty interested in getting one.

    • wyrdwad

      You can probably still import. Vita is region-free, so theoretically, the thing SHOULD work anywhere in the world…

      • Herok♞

        but that would be inaccurate since it might only support the Asian streaming services which might kill some functionality if imported.

        • I’d imagine this will be the kinda things people will be checking once they can. But streaming services are all exclusive to what you download from the store, too.

        • wyrdwad

          For me, the value of the Vita TV is… er… being able to play Vita games on my TV. I don’t actually care about the streaming.

          If you do, though, then yeah, that could be a big concern.

          • Herok♞

            I wasn’t planning on getting one becasue the Vita games I would won’t on my tv GR for one aren’t supported, so I am just looking at the overall package.

        • Cazar

          I’m pretty sure what streaming services you can use will depend on what region your PSN account is, not the hardware itself.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            Yes, when it is available in that region that will be the case. Watch the original video, no common US streaming services, outside of Hulu is mentioned or shown since Japan does not have a Crunchyroll, Netflix or Amazon Instant Video service.

          • Radiosity

            It’s generally based on geo-location. For example, I can’t watch any anime episodes on my main JP account because they detect that I’m outside Japan and block me from doing so. Any streaming service would be the same.

        • jujubee88

          VITA already has Netflix. Plus it’s getting a crunchy roll app and Hulu (maybe even HBO go in the future). There’s also PS Store and Sony’s own music and video streaming solution. YT is on it. Not to mention VITA can play .Mp4’s and mp3’s and that the browser will let it display video from certain HTML formats.

          • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

            CR on Vita news is pretty dated and still no new announcements. Such is typical with how long it took them to make the PS3 app work properly.

          • jujubee88

            Yeah, Crunchy Roll was announced at E3 I think. The thing plays on VITA’s web browser, but it’s better to have the app.

          • jujubee88

            Yeah, Crunchy Roll was announced at E3 I think. The thing plays on VITA’s web browser, but it’s better to have the app.

  • KuroNathan

    technically? such sketchy wording >_>;

    I tried playing tokyo jungle on my vita, I kept lagging so badly that I’d get eaten before I could even spot the predator

  • – You guys should also note this.

    • jujubee88

      lol. The tweet from TSA was totally sensationalist. :P

    • Stranger On The Road

      For people wondering about PS Vita TV outside Japan, we are just saying now “PS Vita TV releasing first in Japan”. Stay tuned.

  • Still importing, want to play Soul Sacrifice Delta on my TV

  • hazelnut1112

    Maybe with enough support and interest form the consumers and developers, we could see this coming out here. They never said “hell no” to releasing this. Just a “we’re not sure yet” type of saying.
    It’s already garnered interest form a few developers, so it won’t be long until Sony confirms a release over here.

    • jujubee88

      If VITA TV has PS4 remote-play streaming capabilities and dualshock 3 and 4 connectivity than it’s almost certainly coming to the west. The west is eating up PS4 right now.

      Sony are just bluffing until they have the opportunity to really get their messaging together with the hardware and we will probably see an announcement about it coming in the west by Jan or Feb of 2014.

      • karmacoma

        I doubt there’ll be PS4 streaming. The whole idea behind that is so you can PS4 games offscreen like the Wii U. The idea behind the Vita TV is so you can play Vita games on a TV. Those two cancel each other out.

        • drproton
        • I think the “point” of it is that it’d allow a person to also play it on a second TV in the house without having to drag the PS4 to there.

          Which, if it’s anything like the PS3, is a bit of a drag to have to carry between rooms, especially if you have it nestled comfortably somewhere.

          • karmacoma

            Hmm, I guess I never thought about connecting them on different televisions. I just have my consoles on one TV so I figured the PS4 and Vita TV would’ve been in the same room to begin with. Okay, I guess that could work.

  • Pdugna

    Man forgot about that ps3 part…this is actually quite a great idea you will be able to play most of the playstation library for only $100…

  • Scissors

    Pretty sure this will make it over, it’s just that hardware launches aren’t always global. Vita & 3DS launched in Japan before they launched here. I mean the PS4 isn’t even launching in Japan until next year although North America is getting it this year.

    • Kami nii

      I agree Japan gets Ps vita early cause western regions is getting Ps4 1st so I think its pretty much fair is fair if you know what I mean.

      • Christopher McNair

        And Sony really wants and needs the Vita sales to get a boost in Japan.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      PS4 was developed by Mark Cerny, it’s basically American engineered this time. Makes sense for it to be released here first. Plus it has to compete with X1 which isn’t even launching in Japan.

  • Wow, sony really hate to see vita succeed in the west huh?

    • Kami nii

      Its part of their plan to test Tv in Japan 1st cause Japan has the very big fan base if it succeeds in Japan most likely they will head it over to the west by the end of the year, but that is just my intuition.

    • TheExile285

      or they aren’t ready to release it in the West. should they release it in a hurry with a crap launch?

      shame that they couldn’t get this out by the holidays in NA but at least Japan will getting it.

    • Kelohmello

      Considering Vita sales have been pretty crappy in the west, it’s kind of hard to simply throw this out there without actually doing some hard thinking first.

  • Junko Enoshima

    Isn’t it region free like the vita though…?

    • TheExile285

      Vita is so i would assume this is too.

  • Rafael Martines

    SONY You don’t understand… the only features that people wants is to play Vita on Big Screen AND Netflix on Vita TV nothing more! So stohp the hating on Vita ; (

    • LustEnvy

      The feature lots of people want is the ability to stream PS3/PS4 games from other televisions without having to move those systems around. Also, depending on how good the latency is, being able to use your PS4 from ANY good internet connection (meaning away from home) is also a huge bonus.

  • ZEROthefirst

    Simple fix, I’ll import it. While I already have a Vita, it would be nice to have a cheap way to record my games for once. It’s a $100+ for the Vita TV or $200+ to send it to someone to install a capture device for me (not a company or anything like that either), I don’t know about you but I’d be much happier spending less and not voiding my warranty/possibly killing my Vita quickly and or losing it and my money to some stranger (wouldn’t do it anyways since I’ve been waiting for Sony to do something like with the PSP to record).

    • Radiosity

      It’ll have HDCP and it’s HDMI only, no analogue connectors at all. As such, you won’t be able to capture anything unless by some miracle Sony decide to either drop HDCP or only activate it for movies/streams and not games. I’m not holding my breath though, the fact the PS4 is getting HDCP’d on both movies and games doesn’t bode well for the VitaTV.

      If you’re going to hack it by installing something internally though then I suppose you won’t have any problems. Not something I’d be doing however :)

      • ZEROthefirst

        I remember reading that there’s a similar issue with the PS3 by recording using the HDMI cable because of some sort of protection. People were getting around this by using some sort of adapter box, don’t know if this is true because I record using an HD PVR (Component Cables). I’m going to wait a bit regardless to see what people do to get around this, because like I said previously and you, I’m not going to install something internally on my Vita.
        If I’m lucky Sony will release something down the road like they did for the PSP, but if not well oh well it’s not going to kill me to not record or stream Vita games.

        • Radiosity

          Yeah, that’s HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), something Sony are very keen on, probably largely because of all the streaming movies etc. they do through PSN now.

          It’s possible to find HDMI splitters that actually strip the HDCP crap out so you can actually record the stream via HDMI, but they’re not exactly legal and there aren’t many of them (certainly not here in the UK anyway). Recording through analogue like component doesn’t suffer from this restriction but then you don’t get 100% faithful reproduction of the stream like you would via digital HDMI.

          Because the VitaTV won’t have analogue output though it’ll be causing some issues for anyone wanting to record game streams. All depends how much pressure Sony feels on the subject, it seems they’re ‘looking into’ the issue of HDCP on PS4 at least so there may still be some hope.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Its region locked so I dont think there will be any problem. Still getting it day one. I’m getting it primarily for japanese games anyway so no probos here.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      The Vita is region free.

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        lol I meant to say its region-unlocked.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I could wait……..

  • Aristides

    The Vita TV will probably come to our shores in spring. Sony just doesn’t want it taking a spark out PS4’s momentum. They want the device to be a companion to the PS4 not our next-gen console. This probably means we’ll get a version with a PS4 controller which would be quite helpful in playing some touch games. And also they might launch it along side Gaikai for PSV in NA, that would be cool :P

    On a different note, I’m probably gonna import, I can’t wait :P

  • Godman

    Well I’m crushed for now, but I can understand with the PS4 coming out a day later

  • Brion Valkerion

    If its still region free im importing, Sony needs to jump on the international hype while its still hot.

  • SpectralRaiden

    We’re probably not getting it yet in compensation for us getting the Ps4 months before Japan. I mean it makes since, Why should we get both and they only get one? Seems fair to me.

    It’d be ironic as hell if they set the release date for the PsvTV in the U.S. for the same date as the Ps4 in JapanX-D

  • TrevHead

    That sucks cos I’m not getting a PS4 for another 2-3 years.

    • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

      I doubt it’s price will drop much in that time, if at all. Sony is stubborn with pricing.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Quite a strange move? I always thought this product is design for the west who does not really like handheld platform.

    I guess Sony does not want to allow Vita TV to cannibalize some PS4 sales.

  • $36598391

    I like how is says “Yet” so there is a chance NA will get this thing

  • Learii

    do I need a vita for this?

    • Nope but not all Ps Vita games will work on it. Mainly the ones that use touch a lot.

      • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

        Yeah sucks, no Gravity Rush.

        • True but knowing them they may make some last min changes.

      • Learii

        so I just need a memory cards with download games?

  • I think they can save the money by just making cable for the Ps Vita like they did for the PSP. I mean there is still 1 port we dont know how to use on our Ps Vita.

  • Stalemeat

    Why did they have a bunch of US/European people in a western style home in the VITA TV announcement video watching American movies with an english interface if they were not planning on releasing it to the West or Europe? Sony needs to get their marketing straight because they are really lousy at it.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    Good, then they can add this feature to the Vita 2000 for the West like ist should have been in the 1000 in the first place.

  • I hope Sony does not forget about Vita TV, that would be a really big sham.

  • Wesley Kenneth Houpt Mattingly

    My question is okay, it plays Vita games in full screen on the TV, or is it going to be just like the PSP Go where it advertised full screen and was actually about 1/3 the size of your screen. We saw a PS1 game, Demon Dice in 4:3 aspect, will PSP games run in 4:3 or 16:9 fullscreen? While I’m waiting till a US debut, since I am getting a PS4, these are important questions.

    • Radiosity

      Should be fullscreen stretched, the Vita’s resolution isn’t that much lower than 720p anyway.

  • majestix1988

    waiting for a good games to be release on vita first(after that PS vita will come to US) note: dont worry about this issue(due all Sony gaming platform are region free + games are supported on current library)

    + its the same issues for PS4 on japan(they are waiting for good japanese games to play on PS4 because mostly launch games after that announcement mostly western games)

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