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PlayStation TV
PlayStation Vita TV logo
PlayStation TV logo
Top: Logo used by SCE Japan and SCE Asia
Bottom: Logo used in North America, Europe and Australasia
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The Japanese PlayStation Vita TV console (VTE-1000 series)
Developer Sony Computer Entertainment
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Product family PlayStation
Type Microconsole
Generation Eighth generation
Release date
  • JP November 14, 2013[1]
Introductory price

¥9,480 (Japan)[5]
$99 (North America)[6]
€99 (Europe)[4]

Media PS Vita Card, digital distribution
Operating system PlayStation Vita system software
Power DC 5V in (max 2.8W)[1]
CPU Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore[1]
Memory 512 MB RAM, 128 MB VRAM
Storage 1GB internal, expandable via PS Vita memory card (4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 GB)[1]
Display HDMI out (720p, 1080i, 480p)[1]
Graphics Quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4+[1]
Sound 2 channel LPCM[1]
Controller input DualShock 3, DualShock 4,[1] PlayStation Vita
Connectivity IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HID[11]), ethernet LAN (10 BASE-T, 100 BASE-TX)[1]
Online services PlayStation Network
Dimensions 65.0 × 105.0 × 13.6 mm[1]
Weight 110 grams[1]
Website US website

PlayStation TV (abbreviated to PS TV), known in Japan and other parts of Asia as the PlayStation Vita TV or PS Vita TV, is a microconsole,[12][13][14] and a non-portable variant of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. It was released in Japan on November 14, 2013,[1] North America on October 14, 2014, and Europe and Australasia on November 14, 2014.[4]

In Japan, PlayStation TV was the name given to PS3 retail kiosks until the middle of 2014, which consisted of a PS3 unit, a LCD monitor and a number of controllers.[15]

History[edit]

Release[edit]

The system was released in Japan on November 14, 2013. The device on its own sold for 9,954 yen tax inclusive (about US$100), whilst a bundle version with an 8GB memory card and DualShock 3 controller retailed for 14,994 yen (about US$150).[16]

Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, explains that Sony hopes to use the PS Vita TV to penetrate the Chinese gaming market, where video game consoles have previously been prohibited.[17] The PS Vita TV was released in five other Southeast Asian countries[2] and the special region of Hong Kong[3] on January 16, 2014. At E3 2014, the system was announced for North America and Europe, under the name PlayStation TV, for release in Q3 2014.[18] Final release dates for the western release were announced at Gamescom 2014.[4]

System software update 3.15 was released on April 30, 2014, which enabled PS4 remote play functionality for the PS Vita TV. As of October 2014 the system can be used with PSN accounts originating from outside of the original launch territories of Japan and Asia following the release of system software firmware version 3.30 update, which also renames the PS Vita TV system to PS TV within the system menus.

Open beta trials for PlayStation Now functionality on the PS TV began on October 14, 2014 in North America,[19] the same day that PS TV was released there.

Features[edit]

Ports on the PlayStation Vita TV.

Instead of featuring a display screen, the console connects to a television via HDMI. Users can play using a DualShock 3 controller[20] (with functionality for DualShock 4 controllers added with the 3.10 firmware update released on 25 March 2014[21]), although due to the difference in features between the controller and the handheld, certain games are not compatible with PS Vita TV, such as those that are dependent on the system's microphone, camera, or gyroscopic features.[1] The device is said to be compatible with over 100 Vita games,[22] as well as various digital PlayStation Portable, PlayStation, and PC Engine titles, along with a selection of PlayStation 3 titles streamed from the PlayStation Now service.[23] The device is technically referred to by Sony as the VTE-1000 series, to distinguish it from the handheld PCH-1000/2000 series PS Vita models.[24]

According to Muneki Shimada, Sony Director of the Second Division of Software Development, the original PCH-1000 series PlayStation Vita already includes an upscaler that supports up to 1080i resolution, however it was decided that the idea for video output for the original Vita was to be scrapped in favor for releasing the PlayStation Vita TV as a separate device for television connectivity.[25] The in-built scaler has been removed from the PCH-2000 series PlayStation Vita model.[26]

The system supports Remote Play compatibility with the PlayStation 4, allowing players to stream games from the PlayStation 4 to a separate TV connected to PS Vita TV, and also allows users to stream content from video services such as Hulu and Niconico, as well as access the PlayStation Store. PS4 Remote Play functionality for the PS Vita TV gained full support with the release of the 1.70 PS4 firmware update.[27][28] The device includes the software features of the PS Vita, such as the Web browser and email client.[29] There are future plans for media server and DLNA support for remote video streaming and image/audio file transfer.[30]

The console measures 6 cm by 10 cm, about the size of a pack of playing cards.[31]

Reception[edit]

PC World called the device an acknowledgement of the failure of the PS Vita, saying Sony had ceded that space to the Nintendo 3DS.[32] IGN, meanwhile, said the console "may be one of Sony's most exciting new products and could provide a critical edge for the PS4."[29]

Various commentators have compared the device to set-top boxes—including media streaming devices (such as Apple TV and Chromecast) and other microconsoles (such as Ouya).[31] Time said the console could compete well against set-top box competitors with a quality library of games.[33] Unfortunately at launch the game library turned out to be limited to a subset of PS Vita games, which negatively impacted early reviews.[34]

The PlayStation Vita TV won the 2014 "Good Design" award from the Japan Design Promotion Organisation.[35]

The PlayStation Vita TV sold 42,172 units during its debut week of release in Japan.[36] The PS Vita TV was heavily marketed alongside God Eater 2 which was released on the same day as the PS Vita TV[37] and placed at the top of the Japanese software sales charts for that week.[36]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m 2013-09-09, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES PLAYSTATION(R) VITA TV (Corporate Release), Sony Computer Entertainment
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 2013-12-15, PlayStation Vita TV Gets First Launch Outside Japan on January the 16th in Five Asian Countries, Dualshockers
  3. ^ a b c 2013-11-07, PlayStation Vita TV Leaves Japan For Other Asian Regions In January 2014, Siliconera
  4. ^ a b c d e 2014-08-12, Gamescom 2014: PlayStation TV Launches in October, Bringing PS4 Remote Play to Your TV, Gamespot
  5. ^ 2013-09-09, PS Vita TV Release Date: Sony Announces PlayStation Vita TV Console At 2013 SCEJA Press Conference, International Business Times
  6. ^ 2014-10-14, PlayStation TV launches in North America for $99, Mind Of The Geek
  7. ^ PlayStation®Vita TV (PS Vita TV), Sony Computer Entertainment Korea (Web archive)
  8. ^ 2014-06-11, Sony reveals PlayStation TV UK price, T3
  9. ^ 2014-06-10, The PlayStation TV Is Coming To Australia, Gizmodo Australia
  10. ^ Hunter, Shaun. "PlayStation TV Heading to New Zealand". NZGamer.com. NZGamer.com Ltd. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  11. ^ 2014-10-07, PlayStation TV: The Ultimate FAQ, Sony Computer Entertainment America
  12. ^ "Sony Announces $100 'PlayStation Vita TV' Micro-Console". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  13. ^ Gilbert, Ben (2013-09-18). "Hands-on with the PlayStation Vita TV, Sony's $100 microconsole (update: video!)". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  14. ^ "News: Sony announces PS Vita TV microconsole". ComputerAndVideoGames.com. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  15. ^ Gantayat, Anoop (October 26, 2006). "Sony's PlayStation TV". IGN. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ Peckham, Matt (2013-09-09). "Sony’s ‘Casual’ PS Vita Impresses, but the Vita TV Box Heralds Bigger Things". Techland.time.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  17. ^ 2013-09-12, Sony not planning to release PlayStation Vita TV in US or Europe 'at this point', Videogamer
  18. ^ Leo Hurley, 2014-06-10, PS Vita TV Coming to Europe in Autumn, Kotaku
  19. ^ 2014-10-07, PlayStation Now open beta coming to PS Vita, PlayStation TV next week, Gematsu
  20. ^ "PS Vita TV - Release date, price, and specs". GamesRadar. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  21. ^ 2014-03-25, PS Vita、PS Vita TVのシステムソフトウェア バージョン3.10が提供開始、カレンダー機能追加など盛りだくさん!, Famitsu
  22. ^ PS Vita TV であそべる PS Vita ゲーム, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. (WebCite archive)
  23. ^ Reisinger, Don (2013-09-12). "PlayStation 3 titles could be headed to the PS Vita TV". cnet.com. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  24. ^ 商品情報, PlayStation Japan
  25. ^ 2013-09-23, Sony Considered TV Connectivity for the PS Vita, Then Scrapped the Idea and Made the PS Vita TV, Dualshockers
  26. ^ 2013-09-19, PlayStation Vita/Vita TV 開発者インタビュー, AV Watch
  27. ^ 2014-04-17, PS4“システムソフトウェア バージョン1.70”の内容が公開、ニコニコ生放送や各配信サービス内の動画アーカイブへの対応、HDCP信号オフなど, Famitsu
  28. ^ 2014-04-17, PS4がバージョン1.70へのアップデートでニコ生HD配信などに対応!, Weekly ASCII
  29. ^ a b "Why PS Vita TV Could Be a Game Changer". IGN. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  30. ^ 2014-10-07, The ultimate PlayStation TV FAQ, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  31. ^ a b Yannick LeJacq (2013-09-09). "Sony unveils PS Vita TV set-top box for $100". NBCNews.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  32. ^ Greenwald, Will (2013-09-09). "Sony's PS Vita TV Is Brilliant, Could Destroy the PS Vita". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  33. ^ Peckham, Matt (2013-09-09). "Sony’s ‘Casual’ PS Vita Impresses, but the Vita TV Box Heralds Bigger Things". Techland.time.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  34. ^ "VitaTV review". wololo.net. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  35. ^ 2014-10-01, News: PS4 & PS Vita TV Win “Good Design” Japanese Award, The Games Cabin
  36. ^ a b 2013-11-20, Media Create Sales: 11/11/13 – 11/17/13, Gematsu
  37. ^ 2013-11-14, 「GOD EATER 2」×PlayStation Vita TV合同発売日記念ステージ開催! 「GE2」出荷50万本突破!!, GAME Watch

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