PlayStation TV Reaches North America In October, Europe In November

By Ishaan . August 12, 2014 . 11:22am

PlayStation TV—originally known as PlayStation Vita TV—will launch in North America on October 14th for $99 and in Europe on November 14th for 99 Euros, Sony announced today.


The PlayStation TV will come bundled with three digital games in Europe. In North America, you will have the option of buying a $139 bundle with a Dualshock 3 controller, an HDMI cable, an 8GB memory card and a copy of LEGO The Movie Videogame.


PlayStation TV is a device with the innards of the PlayStation Vita, except without the screen and a controller. You can play most Vita games on the device by connecting it to a television and a Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controller.


Sony are positioning PlayStation TV as a Remote Play device that can be used to make use of the PlayStation Now streaming service or Remote Play your PS4 games in another room.

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  • Maria Garcia

    i would like to know sony plans on what vita games will work….

  • Still not sure if I want this or an actual vita. Not much on the vita interests me besides persona 4 golden, really.

    • César H. Sandoval

      Get this then, it’s cheaper and runs P4G with no problems.

      • dawnbomb

        not true, you can’t use the touchscreen features with a real tv, unless you have a really nice TV

        • Forrestfield

          Aren’t all those optional in Persona 4 Golden? Haven’t touched it in a while, but don’t recall using any touch controls in it.

          • machomuu

            They are, and you’re not missing out much by not using them.

        • Maria Garcia

          yoyu can summon 2 hands in the vita tv and do the touch sfuff.Most of the games in the vita tv doesnt work because they are lazy fuck

        • Kevin Komic O’Shea

          yes but the ps4 has a touchpad in the controller to compensate for the touchscreen

        • César H. Sandoval

          Touch controls are optional for P4G, you don’t really need them as other games like for example Gravity Daze

  • Fronkhead

    I’d be all over this had Sony bothered to adapt Vita for TV with this. The hardware’s fine, like Apple TV it’s just a Vita in a box without a screen, but there are two big issues: firstly memory cards mean you can’t set it up to work with several accounts so this certainly isn’t a console to be shared around the house, but secondly not changing the user interface for a controller isn’t great: it’d be like if Apple TV shipped with the exact same interface as the iPhone or iPad, except you have to fiddle about highlighting all the touch targets with a D-Pad to accomplish anything..

    Hopefully they’ll communicate effectively what games are/are not compatible with it too, if non-Vita owners are to buy into it.

    But yeah, it’s got its usage cases (remote play on a separate TV if that’s your thing, playing Vita games on the big screen), I just wish Sony put the same amount of attention towards it as they would other devices.

    • darke

      I thought you could have multiple accounts on a Vita TV? This is what differentiated it from a PS Vita.

      Of course last time I checked all apple iProducts were, unlike android, one-account-per-device too, so using them as an example of “design that doesn’t suck in this case” is not so useful when the product is identically retarded in other ways. :P

      • Fronkhead

        Nah, it’s a single account device only (which makes sense since it is a hackjob of a system, and memory cards are tied to accounts anyway). Which means you can only remote play from a PS4 to one account only, since the Vita you remote play to must be on the same account as the PS4.
        Correct me if I’m wrong though.
        As for the Apple TV (read: Apple TV, not iPhone or iPad) mention, you missed my point entirely ;)

        • darke

          Hrm… you seem to be right; I was sure I was reading something about how it was possible to have multiple accounts on a Vita TV around it’s release time in Japan; I guess it was just bad translations of the ability to do the wipe-and-reinstall account swapping.

          That makes it totally useless for remote play from a PS4 then, since the way everything is setup on a PS4 you essentially need to have multiple PSN accounts for multiple people to use it properly. (Separate PSN trophy lists, let alone the fact that lots of games have one save per account so if you want it backed up or synced between vita/ps3/ps4 you need to have multiple accounts…)

          I haven’t touched Apple TV (my only devices in the iOS ecosystem are legacy since Apple’s stupidity pissed me off one time to many…), but I was still pretty sure it had the same stupid iOS limitation of only one-iTunes account concurrently per device. You can logout and login with multiple accounts manually, but you can’t just swap between PersonA and PersonB with a simple button press like you can on the PS3/PS4, and as someone who has to maintain both a JP and AU account on it, this is torturous to do on a regular basis. :(

    • xKyon90x

      Vita TV have multiple account. Firmware update 3.15

      • Fronkhead

        *upvotes* Thanks for the heads-up! That’s good to hear they patched it in, if it’s not region locked to Europe or America over here when it’s released I’d be more likely to pick one up.

      • Fronkhead

        I had a look up the changelogs for version 3.15 and there’s nothing about the addition of user switching, do you have a link (not that I don’t believe you, I just want to see how the process works!)

        Thanks in advance.

        Edit: I’ve been told that the update did “basically nothing”.

  • wyrdwad

    Sweet, now I can get “This game is not compatible with PlayStation TV” errors instead of “This game is not compatible with Vita TV” errors. ;)

    • Jimmy Bump

      Are all Xseed vita games planned to be compatible with the PSTV?

      • Anime10121

        Y’s is, and Akiba’s trip is already playable on a tv through PS3/PS4, and I dont think they have any more games out for Vita besides PSP games which are all compatible!

        • Jimmy Bump

          Thats a good thing that their games are compatible because Ys Celceta is really good and more people should play it.

          • Anime10121

            Yep, I bought it a while back, and have been holding out on playing it exclusively because I’d rather play it on PSTV!

        • wyrdwad

          Actually, only the Japanese version of Ys Celceta is compatible with Vita TV. Thus far, none of our English titles are Vita TV-compatible, as far as I know — though we will make every effort to change that once PStv is released, if and where it’s possible to do so.

          • Anime10121

            Oh…wow, so the compatibility lists arent gonna be mutual? Well that…changes my hype for the device, since most of the titles I want it for arent really “huge” franchises (Tales, Sword Art Online, Neptunia, Atelier etc whose Japanese versions are all compatible with the Japanese Vita TV), and while I know you guys at XSEED are awesome and will do whats within your power to get your games working for PSTV, I dunno whether thats true for some of these other publishers..

            I may need to hold off on my preorder of PSTV until I see an actual compatibility list… Do you know how likely it is that you guys can get Y’s (and Shinovi Vs. too) working? As that really is my preferred way of playing the game…

            PS. love you folks, hope you continue to localize awesome games!

            PPS. Fanboy plug – Hope Trails PC and Trails 2 do well enough for you to continue that series as well, as I’d really like to play localized versions of Zero,Ao, and Sen no Kiseki in the future :D

          • wyrdwad

            I wouldn’t even know where to begin guessing on likelihood, honestly. In the case of Ys, it’s between Falcom and Sony, and in the case of Shinovi Versus, it’s between Marvelous Japan and Sony — we’re basically just middlemen, since we don’t have any programming staff here.

            I hope it’s not too painful a process, but we won’t know that until we cross that bridge.

          • Anime10121

            K cool, thanks for the infos! Hopefully it all works out! As I want to play both on me TV :D

          • darke

            Odds are the ‘compatibility list’ is basically some group at Sony testing the game and going “yeah, it works” or “no, it doesn’t”, then tossing an email off to the company representative saying, “game X doesn’t work with new product codename PSVTV, plz fix if you care”. If Sony doesn’t do it this way they’re pretty much making sure the product dies at birth.

            So, of course, since rather then being a sane company and working on a world-wide platform, they partition the world into at least three arbitrary groups, so they probably need to cert/test every variation even if they’re theoretically identical.

          • Anime10121

            Oh…wow, so the compatibility lists arent gonna be mutual? Well that…changes my hype for the device, since most of the titles I want it for arent really “huge” franchises (Tales, Sword Art Online, Neptunia, Atelier etc whose Japanese versions are all compatible with the Japanese Vita TV), and while I know you guys at XSEED are awesome and will do whats within your power to get your games working for PSTV, I dunno whether thats true for some of these other publishers..

            I may need to hold off on my preorder of PSTV until I see an actual compatibility list… Do you know how likely it is that you guys can get Y’s (and Shinovi Vs. too) working? As that really is my preferred way of playing the game…

            PS. love you folks, hope you continue to localize awesome games!

            PPS. Fanboy plug – Hope Trails PC and Trails 2 do well enough for you to continue that series as well, as I’d really like to play localized versions of Zero,Ao, and Sen no Kiseki in the future :D

      • wyrdwad

        Thus far, none of our English titles are Vita TV-compatible, as
        far as I know — though we will make every effort to change that once PStv is released, if and where it’s possible to do so. We can’t make any guarantees, but we’ll look into every available option.

  • dragoon_slayer12

    Are they going to release a NA compatibility list near release? I’m reserving mine Friday. I would’ve imported one if it had NA PSN compatibility

    Edit; also, does it count as a vita device or as a device as its own, cuz I have my psn attached to 2 vitas, and I’m buying this regardless.

    • Anime10121

      Its a Vita device, so yeah, if you want to activate it with your account, you’re gonna have to deactivate one of your Vita’s

  • Kornelious

    ……Four things…

    1.) Awesome! I’ll be able to play Hollow Fragment and all my other games on the big screen sooner than I thought :D

    2.) Crap! It’s coming out in the middle of October…..Though I can probably still swing it since not TOO many games are coming out then…

    3.) Just how many games will be compatiable for the TV? If it’s the same list as Japan then that’s fine…..I just hope they don’t not bother to patch games for it :(

    4.) Does it bother anyone else that Sony seems to push the whole “Vita TV” thing to the back of the bus? The main feature of the system is that it can play Vita game on your TV with a controller, Playstation Now and PS4 streaming were side features that really don’t seem that cool ( I wonder if this has to due with catering to the western audiences since there seem to be more Japanese games for the Vita now -_-)…..But as long as it has the same features the can advertise it however they want! XD

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Now I can get vita :3 I mean PSTV

  • JuVu

    I really hate it how they changed the name of the device so that they could market it mainly as an additional way to play PS4. Taking into account the general ignoring of Vita, it has become pretty disgraceful. Luckily there are those few companies who still keep the console alive.

    Really thinking that if this keeps up, Vita will turn out to be this console generation’s Dreamcast.

    • Anime10121

      Luckily, it wont get THAT bad, even if Sony doesnt support the device themselves, they at the very least, seem intent on keeping it alive (as far as them producing them goes) so that third parties can, which is a good thing, as otherwise we’d miss out on Neptunia games, Digimon games (if they decide to localize them), and other games that third parties are still bringing to the console!

      • They haven’t been keeping stock in stores, actually, so they aren’t even committing to that.

        • Anime10121

          They cant make stores order stock if they dont want it :/

          2 of my Walmarts simply stopped carrying Vita because it sold so poorly. If a product isnt selling, why order more. Sony can only ship what retailers want, and some retailers cant sell Vita’s so they dont order them anymore…

          • Micrll

            Amazon is picked clean besides resellers, I agree that many stores probably declined to stock but normally Amazon will take at least some because they have ample space for them. Sony does not even have any in-stock on their own website.

          • darke

            They probably dropped low in stock trying to clear out PSV-1000 inventory, and are possibly suddenly finding they’re running short of stock due to the pick up of sales of the PSV-2000 as a ‘remote play’ device outstripping their methodical production capacity.

    • Fronkhead

      Dreamcast? Don’t be silly, we all know Sega supported Dreamcast with all their might until the very end with some of the most exciting and timeless modern games they’ve ever made, whereas with the Vita, Sony…er…

      (The don’t be silly bit was a figure of speech by the way, no offense intended)

      • Erde

        Sega actaully dropped out early to minimize losses. They made the mistake of releasing too many games at launch, but had nothing major to deliver later on. Who knows, things might have been different if they kept at it few more months.

    • winsantz

      From a marketing standpoint I think Sony looks a lot better releasing a Playstation TV that plays select PS Vita games than they do releasing a PS Vita TV that *only* plays select PS Vita games. In other words, if you don’t have “PS Vita” in the name people won’t expect you to support all of its games, and they’ll see the fact that you support even some of them as a bonus rather than a shortcoming.

    • darke

      It’s not that Vita is irrelevant, it’s that Vita is a sub-brand. PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Vita… TV? No. Bad. Terrible even. Slightly better is: Playstation TV. (They seriously need a way to say “but it’s a cut-down vita!” but the branding they originally had was just face-palming; since it doesn’t play a *lot* of Vita games. And a confused customer is a totally pissed off customer; not to mention a legal nightmare in America at least.)

      The original naming convention was simply terrible, and didn’t map into the brand pattern, and was even legally dubious if it were used outside of Japan. It needed to be changed and at least the ‘western’ release they realised it.

  • gquain

    October is also the release of Super Smash Bros. Damn, my wallet will hate me forever.

  • Spirit Macardi

    Glad I’ll finally be able to play Vita games without needing another handheld, though I have to wonder if it’ll see any use beyond games that are already out like P4G, Danganronpa, or the Disgaea Ports…

    • MaximDualBlade

      Soul Sacrifice Delta

  • Anime10121

    So wait…America gets no free games :(

    • Shinyhunter7

      Europeans also pay an extra 30% when you consider that 1 euro = 1.34 US dollars. 99 euros is a good bit more than 99 dollars. With the the 30 some odd dollars cheaper it is in america, you could easily buy three games, or get the bundle that comes with a controller instead.

      • Anime10121

        I was mainly joking… I have more than enough Vita games already and coming by the end of the year… I dont need to any free ones, as it’ll likely be a year before I finish the ones I have :P

  • Daru Titor

    Might get this during BFriday or Boxing Day.
    Between Danganronpa 2, Alien Isolation, The Evil Within, P4U and the Persona 3DS game
    I’m gonna have to wait.

  • Makoto Yuki

    Finally, was waiting for this a long time since Japan’s release

  • As long as I can transfer the saved data between the PSTV and my Vita, I’ll buy it in an instant. Also, October is my birthday month. Thanks Sony =^_^=

    • Anime10121

      Wow… kinda forgot about save transfers… i wonder if the thing is plug and play with memory sticks since they’ll be under the same account! I think it’d be awesome to be able to use my current Vita’s data while playing at home and just take it out and stick it in the Vita when I’m away from home!

      • Exactly! I hope Sony realizes that people want this feature. It would make my day if they just let us swap out memory sticks to our hearts content lol

        • Cev256

          it has a memory card slot so you can just put your memory card in it with the saves you have from playing it on your vita.

  • Maria Garcia

    Siliconera should ask sony about game support and future compatibility

  • so, there is a slot for physical vita games as well, right? I know the vita tv in japan had/has it, but most articles for the ‘playstation tv’ fail to mention whether or not the cartridge slot is there.

    • revenent hell

      I need to be nicer in life so let me edit here.

      The Article claims that ” You can play most Vita games” on the device and alls one would need to do is hook it up to a TV. That tells me, as someone unfamiliar with this device, that it would have a slot to play the physical media for the Vita game since it was not stated otherwise.

      Not to mention it comes with a game, not a digital code for a game or one pre built in to the device(as would also be mentioned if where the case) but an actual game which tells me as well that there’s a slot to put games in to on this thing.

      • im glad you did edit your initial rude comment, but insults to intelligence aside, in order to come to the conclusion that it plays physical games requires some assumption and i was asking in order to not depend on that assumption. digital games are games, too, and there is no data to explicitly prove that it isn’t true. also, there have been several times that something has come with “free games” and they have been codes, since digital games are still games.

        My inquiry also stems from the reveal of the north american device at E3, and in the pictures, it was not clear whether or not there was a cart least, not where it was on the japanese device.

    • It does have a slot for the physical vita game so no worries. I imported one to play my Japanese vita games.

      • awesome! i knew the japanese version has a slot for game carts, but they seemed to make it more obvious than the NA advertising, since they seem be trying to present the vita functions as secondary to the PS4 connectivity

        • True but that is also how they are trying to sale the ps vita over here in the NA. When all the need to do is make more game for the ps vita (no more mini games or indie games). We need full games on it.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    I’m all for cheaper and hopped on the 2DS train when I got it new for a steal (less than 100 with FE). If this can let me play Vita games with a reasonably cheaper cost of entry, I’m sold, especially since I already own a PS3/Dualshock 3. My only concern is the possibility for some interesting future titles to be “incompatible,” which would defeat my purpose for owning the device… Might have to keep a cautious eye on this for the time being.

    • Quizler

      I’ve got the Japanese VitaTV, there’s already a bunch of incompatible games. I don’t really recommend it for the same reason you’re concerned. Maybe they’ll go back and patch a bunch of games to be compatible for the western release? I doubt it, but here’s hoping.

  • Dylan

    Okay so, I know this plays PS VIta games without a vita which is great but; it also plays PS4 games without a PS4? and what is Playstation Now? I’m confused.. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME!

    • planetofthemage

      Playstation Now is basically streaming games. The game computations are done on a server on their side, and the video output is streamed to you, then you stream your input back.

      Think Netflix for games. No need to download them, you just stream them.

      Pricing is not super good right now, but hpefully will change.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Incorrect. The PSVTV does not play PS4 games. It streams PS4 games and for that you need to own a PS4~.

  • Already own a Vita but am excited to buy this!

  • Kaitou21

    My only problem with PSTV is that i wont be able to play gravity rush, sure hope their will be some workaround, would rather pay $100 less for the PSTV than a real vita.

  • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

    I wonder if this will flop as hard as it did in Japan? Really, they are advertising it as a streaming device more than anything. How could that be a good sign for the PSV as a whole~?

  • Jumbokitty724

    I like the idea of this and will more than likely buy this :) The Vita is a wonderful underrated system <3 and I love it. Lots of jrpg love!

  • Hector Velar

    excellent :D

  • revenent hell

    If going by what people said and it didn’t do well in Japan , I can see why. They really are more in to their “mobile” and game on the go devices than they are home console stuffs so it doesn’t surprise me it did not or will not sell particularly well there, if peoples claims are indeed to be believed.

    For me, I am kind of conflicted on what to think really.

    Since I don’t really play any video game outside of my house, I rather like the idea of it, plus it saves you about 150$ at the same time. Though, on the other hand I personally would rather have the Vita and would probably just save up the money for it. If I could bring something with me to game on I would rather have that option than not.

    • Barrylocke89

      Plus not all games work for the Playstation/Vita TV. Based on that fact alone, I’d personally save up the extra cash for a regular Vita. Maybe waiting for a nice deal will make the higher priced portable more attractive for you.

      • Is there somekind of compatibility list out there?

        • Hexodious

          Last time I checked, when PS Vita games are packed with touch screen, rear touch pad and motion sensors are usually not playable.

          • Shit that’s a major bummer. I hope that’s not too many of them.

          • darke

            Add ‘camera’ too (so Vita Pets is out due to it’s AR functionality among other games).

            I guess if you answer to “could it be playable on a hypothetical high-spec PSP?” is the affirmative, then it’ll work on the VIta TV.

        • revenent hell

          I think there is one but its probably in Japanese(which google offers to translate anyways) but I don’t really care enough about it to google it to find out for myself …

          If you do just remember game names can differ between countries occasionally.


        • Hound
      • revenent hell

        I already own a Vita and have for some time, so based on that alone I see no reason to buy this . Besides it being able to stream and seeing games on a bigger screen there’s really no benefit for me to waste money on this.

        I can just see how it may be attractive to someone that hasn’t already bought a Vita.

        • Barrylocke89

          Ah, from how you were writing, it sounded like you were considering whether to get this or a Vita. But yeah, I can definitely see this device being a boon for streamers that want to show off Vita games, but for me who really doesn’t stream (I’ve dabbled though), the portable option that plays more games makes more sense, especially as a non-PS4 owner.

    • Tinye

      The way I see it is, if you have the extra money but don’t necessarily have a ‘need’ for it, might as well buy it. Most likely you’ll use it eventually, either as remote play for the ps4 or for a Vita game you want to play full screen, there’s a few I wish I could play full screen. Also easy to bring it to another house or vacation or something. That’s how I look at it.

      • Yeah pretty much the same point of view has me.

  • lordsofskulls

    Got Ps vita and ps4 I am so getting this cause certain games would be alot easier to play with a normal controller than on the Ps vita :p plus this also lets me share my Ps vita with my loved one. While I can play on the TV.

  • pokeroi

    You know what makes me upset? You can remote playa ps4 game with a DS3, but you can’t play with it directly on a PS4. Common Sony, it’s just a bluetooth controller!

    • Xerain

      I’m assuming you mean can’t use DS4 controller for remote play of PS4 games? Sony announced quite a while ago they will patch in DS4 support in the future, someday.

      Just like how there are a bunch of announced features for the PS4 it still doesn’t have.

      • Mr_SP

        No, he means you can use a DS3 on a PS TV, while using Remote Play to connect to your PS4. But the PS4 doesn’t allow backwards compatibility with DS3 controllers.

        • Xerain

          Oh I see, yeah. That would be pretty neat for doing 2 player on a game that doesn’t utilize all of the new controller features without having to shell out for something that’s only going to be used a couple times a year, tops, for some people.

  • Sora Nojiko

    Playstation “stream a little easier” TV. I hope it doesn’t have some sort of HDCP nonsense in it, as that would kill any reason I wanted it

  • Ric Vazquez

    NEED IT!

  • ddh819

    can you use a ds4 controller on the vita tv yet? my guess is unless they have a system level workaorund for touch controls anything already out is not going to get a vita tv patch.

  • Good to hear. I was tired of waiting for a release date. xD Considering how many good games are coming out in the coming months I hope I have the money to purchase one. Also a little fun fact: The PlayStation TV gets released a day after my b-day, and on my mothers b-day. Pretty cool imo. xD

  • realist

    Does anyone know if it will support Plex?

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