Sony Announces the PlayStation Vita TV

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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 PlayStation Vita TV

After multiple shocking announcements at this year’s SCEJA Press Conference, Sony dropped a bombshell that has rocked the video game industry. This bombshell is the PlayStation Vita TV, a new Sony lightweight game console that will allow users to play PS Vita and PSP games on their television.

This small console contains the same CPU and GPU as the handheld PlayStation Vita and connects to your television over HDMI.

The Vita TV is also a remote access device for the PlayStation 4, allowing users to play PS4 games in another room without a second console. Sony’s new system will also allow its users to access video and network services, like Tsutaya TV, Hulu, and Nico Nico Douga.

Combining the PS Vita and PSP games already available, plus those which are still to come, the Vita TV will have 1,300 titles available.

For those interested, here are the PlayStation Vita TV’s specs and its reveal trailer.

Vita TV Specs

This new console will be available in Japan on November 14th for ¥9,945. There will be a bundle available, as well, which will include a controller and an 8GB memory card. The bundle will go for ¥14,994 with tax.

For now, only Japan has gotten a release date, so we in the West will have to wait and see if Sony has any plans to bring the PlayStation Vita TV over to our shores.


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  • Vallen

    Whoa…Now I am starting to believe its a good thing I didn’t get the vita immediately after the price cut

  • MACThree

    Interesting idea.

  • Coarse

    Hope this spurs Nintendo to create a peripheral for the Wii U to play DS and 3DS games on your TV.

  • Tara

    Um… okay, if this doesn’t require one to own a PS Vita, I’m honestly sold. Like… no questions, I’d buy this. Part of my hang-ups on the Vita in the first place, is my PSP does not get used enough to keep the battery from draining entirely between uses, but there is the occasional Vita game I’d like to own. This would definitely cover for that shortcoming, especially since I really only game at home anymore. (Long gone are the days of playing my GBA at school. Even moreso since I said “Days of playing my GBA”… )

  • Nice knowing ya, Ouya.

    Also, I guess making a Component Out and tethering a PS3 controller like they did with the PSPGo was too much effort. Or they’d rather get $100 for functionality that a previous system had….

    Can we talk about how much Sony and Nintendo are going in opposite directing with their handhelds?

  • Violetwisp

    I prefer handhelds to consoles, but this is an interesting idea, and I need a streaming device for my TV anyway. One thing I’m unclear about though, does this work in tandem with a Vita, or is it fully separate? And if it’s fully separate, does it only play PSP games from downloads or does it have a disc drive you can add onto it?

  • Sergio Macellaro

    Danm and i hope for the device have a port for psp disks.
    Not have it. Only play Digital ver.

    But is a quite nice gaget. If it came cheap to Brazil, maybe i buy.
    And it can help to boost Vita’s sales.

  • William Cox

    This looks amazing. I definitely want one if they sell it in the US which they obviously should.

  • Merrick

    The video has already confirmed a western release to me. I loved the idea of using remote play to be able to play PSP games on the TV but I’ve not been too fond of the idea of using the PSP handheld as the controller for those games. When this comes out, I will definitely get it.