PlayStation Vita TV

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PlayStation Vita TV
PlayStation Vita TV logo
PlayStation Vita TV Tokyo Game Show 2013 front.jpg
The PlayStation Vita TV console
Developer Sony Computer Entertainment
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Product family PlayStation
Type Microconsole
Generation Eighth generation
Release date
  • JP November 14, 2013
Introductory price ¥9,480 (Japan)
SG$149 (Singapore)[1]
MYR$469 (Malaysia)[1]
TH฿4,590 (Thailand)[1]
IDR2,599,000 (Indonesia)[1]
PH₱5,999 (Philippines)[1]
HK$798 (Hong Kong)[2]
KR₩128,000
Media PS Vita Card
Controller input DualShock 3, DualShock 4,[3] PlayStation Vita
Online services PlayStation Network
Website Japan homepage

PlayStation Vita TV, or PS Vita TV, is a microconsole,[4][5][6] and a non-portable variant of the PlayStation Vita handheld game console. It was announced on 9 September 2013 at a Sony Computer Entertainment Japan presentation.

History[edit]

Release[edit]

The system was released in Japan on November 14, 2013. The device on its own sold for 9,954 yen with tax (about US$100), whilst a bundle version with an 8GB memory card and DualShock 3 controller retailed for 14,994 yen (about US$150).[7]

An international release has yet to be announced.[8] Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, explains that Sony hopes to use the Vita TV to penetrate the Chinese gaming market, where video game consoles have previously been prohibited.[9] The Vita TV was released in five other Southeast Asian countries[1] and the special region of Hong Kong[2] on January 16, 2014. A North American version is unconfirmed at this time.

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[10] (with functionality for DualShock 4 controllers added with the 3.10 firmware update released on 25 March 2014[11]), 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 touchscreen, rear touchpad, microphone or camera.[3] The device is said to be compatible with over 100 Vita games,[12] as well as various digital PlayStation Portable, PlayStation and PC Engine titles. The device is technically referred to by Sony as the VTE-1000 series, to distinguish it from the handheld PCH-1000/2000 series Vita models.[13]

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.[14] The in-built scaler has been removed from the PCH-2000 series PlayStation Vita model.[15]

The system will support 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 will also allow users to stream content from video services such as Hulu and Niconico, as well as access the PlayStation Store.

The device will include the software features of the Vita, such as the Web browser and email client.[16]

The console measures 6 cm by 10 cm, about the size of a pack of playing cards.[17]

In the future, the PlayStation Vita TV can potentially play PlayStation 3 games via cloud-based streaming, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.[18]

Reception[edit]

IGN said the console "may be one of Sony's most exciting new products and could provide a critical edge for the PS4."[16] PC World, meanwhile, called the device an acknowledgement of the failure of the Vita, saying Sony had ceded that space to the Nintendo 3DS.[19]

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).[17] Time said the console could compete well against set-top box competitors with a quality library of games.[20]

The PlayStation Vita TV sold 42,172 units during its debut week of release in Japan.[21] The PS Vita TV was heavily marketed alongside God Eater 2 which was released on the same day as the PS Vita TV[22] and placed at the top of the Japanese software sales charts for that week.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ a b c 2013-11-07, PlayStation Vita TV Leaves Japan For Other Asian Regions In January 2014, Siliconera
  3. ^ a b 2013-09-09, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES PLAYSTATION(R) VITA TV (Corporate Release), Sony Computer Entertainment
  4. ^ "Sony Announces $100 'PlayStation Vita TV' Micro-Console". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Ben (2013-09-18). "Hands-on with the PlayStation Vita TV, Sony's $100 microconsole (update: video!)". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ "News: Sony announces PS Vita TV microconsole". ComputerAndVideoGames.com. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Introducing PS Vita...TV". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  9. ^ 2013-09-12, Sony not planning to release PlayStation Vita TV in US or Europe 'at this point', Videogamer
  10. ^ "PS Vita TV - Release date, price, and specs". GamesRadar. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ PS Vita TV であそべる PS Vita ゲーム, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. (WebCite archive)
  13. ^ 商品情報, PlayStation Japan
  14. ^ 2013-09-23, Sony Considered TV Connectivity for the PS Vita, Then Scrapped the Idea and Made the PS Vita TV, Dualshockers
  15. ^ 2013-09-19, PlayStation Vita/Vita TV 開発者インタビュー, AV Watch
  16. ^ a b "Why PS Vita TV Could Be a Game Changer". IGN. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  17. ^ a b Yannick LeJacq (2013-09-09). "Sony unveils PS Vita TV set-top box for $100". NBCNews.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  18. ^ 2013-09-12, PlayStation 3 titles could be headed to the PS Vita TV, CNET
  19. ^ Greenwald, Will (2013-09-09). "Sony's PS Vita TV Is Brilliant, Could Destroy the PS Vita". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ a b 2013-11-20, Media Create Sales: 11/11/13 – 11/17/13, Gematsu
  22. ^ 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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