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Sony Announce A New Console - PlayStation Vita TV

The tiniest home console yet.

Sony have just surprised us all by revealing PlayStation Vita TV, a 6cm by 10cm (tiny) device which allows you to watch video and network services or even play Vita and PSP games on your TV, controlled by a DualShock 3.

It appears to be a small console which is powered by the same stuff as the Vita, and includes an HDMI port for hooking up to your TV. There’ll be 1300 titles available

The system also works as a companion device, which allows you to play PS4 games in another room without the need for a second console. That’s amazing.

It’ll be available in Japan on November 14th and will cost 9,945 yen or 14,994 yen with tax for a bundle including a controller and an 8GB memory card.

So, that’s about £70 for a device that allows you to play Vita games on your TV, or PS4 games in another room, as well as a plethora of TV and video content. I’m in.

UPDATE: We’ve been sent a few more details on the system from Sony.

  • There will be a system software update to patch in DualShock 4 support.
  • It can connect to other PS Vitas via ad hoc mode.
  • Two DualShock 3 controllers can be paired to the system, allowing for playing PS1 titles.
  • PS Vita can be used as a controller for some Wii U like functionality.
  • Will support “nasne”, a networked recorder and media storage device.

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59 Comments
  1. ortidog
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Want!!!

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:09.
  2. cam_manutd
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Absolute genius from Sony.

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:10.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      I agree, I think I’ve got an excitement headache!

      I’ll have more PlayStation hardware than I can shake a stick out. Ouch, my head.

      Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 10:23.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        *at, not out!

        Looking at the ports, does anyone think it’ll be possible to link directly to your PS4, to avoid any lag with streaming?

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 10:25.
      • cam_manutd
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        I agree mate xD games like Uncharted will be easier with the dualshock xD and will probably be some lag-who knows.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 10:39.
      • Pesico
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Why would you want to connect the PSVita TV directly to your PS4? You need a TV, so it would be better to just connect your PS4 to your TV and play from that.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 17:00.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Well I could run a lead from my PS4 to the Vita TV unit in another room, so that the signal is direct and not via Wi-Fi which could cause lag.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 17:06.
  3. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Smart move from Sony but won’t this now make the vita pointless, I mean the thing plays your vita games so why do I need a vita, it seems to be a suitable companion for ps4 with remote play

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:12.
    • Tuffcub
      On the naughty step.
      Since: Dec 2008

      Because you can’t take this on a bus.

      Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:13.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        or more importantly, on the toilet. ^_^

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:16.
      • 2ofclubs
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Can always hook up Vita TV and a TV in the toilet if you are that way inclined.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:36.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        yeah, but balancing the tv on your lap is kind of awkward. ^_^

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:51.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Makes my Vita completely redundant.

      Bought it to Remote Play PS4 games if the main TV was being used, now this will be able to RP to another room AND play with DS4 not cramp-inducing Vita… It will be left to gather dust just like the four PSPs I bought when I was hyped for a game.

      Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 10:13.
      • Crazy_Del
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        I agree with cc_star.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 10:49.
      • jimmy-google
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        I will remote play to the same room when my wide wants to watch something else on TV.

        I’ve tried have multiple TVs in the same room but its not great. I also only have 2 TV’s with HDMI so I wouldn’t be able to use this in any room without an HD TV or at work etc…

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 12:20.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        There’s still room for both if you ask me.
        Not everyone has another TV to hook this up to so a Vita will still be a valid device for Remote Play. Also, if the video is to believed Remote Play works over the internet, not just locally. That female student played Knack in the cafeteria (unless they are implying that there is a campus wide local wifi used).
        You can’t take your TV with you to work or to Starbucks.
        I also don’t want to leave the room just because the missus is watching something on TV. With a Vita I can still sit next to her and talk a little while playing.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 13:03.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        I was just thinking… surely the Vita is a hand-held console you can take everywhere with you. The gizmo above doesn’t have that sort of flexibility. :-\

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 13:30.
  4. CarBoyCam
    Member
    Since: Sep 2009

    Will be buying this for my parents. PS4 in my bedroom, this in the living room. Can I haz it in black plz? :P

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:12.
  5. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    like the sound of that, PSP and PSV on tv, yeah.

    but two questions come to mind, can you use boxed games, and how will games that have touchscreen controls work?

    have to wait for more detailed info i guess.

    but whatever, i want one.

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:16.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      there’s a Vita game slot at the top.

      touchscreen? i presume it’ll also work with the DS4…

      Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:18.
      • gybrocker
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        i was going to ask.. why is this device coming with ds3? wouldnt it be better if they sold it with a ds4 instead? anyway i think i will get this.. maybe even a couple..

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:24.
      • Alex C
        One for all.
        Since: Forever

        Because it launches in Japan in November. The PS4 isn’t coming out in Japan until February.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:35.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        that’s cool that you can still use boxed games.
        though i do have a, growing, selection of downloadable games waiting from my Plus sub.

        i assumed the DS4 would be supported once it’s released, but that’s still only replicating the front screen, there’s still the back touchpad.

        still, how many games absolutely require both the front and back.

        anyway, cool piece of kit.

        i hope a western release isn’t too far away.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 10:03.
      • colmshan1990
        Member
        Since: Apr 2009

        But there’s two touchscreens on the Vita (and cameras too).

        I can’t see this supporting every retail game, never mind everything on the Vita PSN- Tearaway looks impossible on even a DS4.

        Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 14:12.
  6. theshockwave
    Member
    Since: Nov 2008

    Do we know yet if you can run two PS4 games simultaneously using it? Running one in the room where the PS4 is and then a different one in another room? And how does the 2nd TV pick up the signal?

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:22.
    • Blair Inglis
      hisnameisblair
      Since: May 2009

      No, you can’t, it just streams the PS4 to another TV. It’s via WiFi, like the Vita’s remote play.

      Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:24.
  7. f4rgo
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    It’s been said already but genius is the right word.

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:25.
  8. freezebug2
    Member
    Since: Dec 2008

    Very impressive and neat box of tricks!

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:27.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      And no leaks, well done Sony.

      Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 14:20.
  9. XisTG
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    This is pretty interesting!

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:29.
  10. Bilbo_bobbins
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    Yep, sold. Fantastic idea, well done Sony. I can now keep my PS4 in the living room and when the wife wants “Celebrity Big Brother” on, I can’t go and play elsewhere in the house. Genius.

    Comment posted on 09/09/2013 at 09:32.

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