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PS Vita TV is not coming to the West - at least, not yet
PS Vita TV is not coming to the West - at least, not yet
September 12, 2013 | By Mike Rose

September 12, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Although there has been plenty of excitement surrounding the announcement of the PS Vita TV earlier this week, it would appear that Sony's entry into the microconsole space isn't as global as previously hoped.

The PS Vita TV box can stream videos from services like Hulu or access the videos for sale on the PlayStation Store, and stream this content to your TV via HDMI or wirelessly.

According to a report from Nikkei's Tech On! blog, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House has said that the hardware is aimed at the Asian market, and will not see a release in the West anytime soon.

The PS Vita TV is launching in Japan, China and South Korea, where House notes that there is currently a potential space for leading the video streaming market.

However the U.S. and European markets are not currently in Sony's sights for the PS Vita TV at this point, he added.

On the bright side, House appears to confirm that the PS Vita TV supports the PlayStation Mobile Android-based platform, as we speculated earlier this week. Gamasutra has contacted Sony for confirmation.

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James Coote
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Forgive my ignorance, but aren't games consoles technically banned in China?

Mike Rose
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Hey James,

at the moment that is indeed the case, although it's apparently set to change soon:


Merc Hoffner
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Chinese companies have been allowed to make and sell games machines in China, so under restrictions, Nintendo has been able to partner with Chinese firms to legally sell the iQue line of adapted games machines in the market for some years now.

Jon Pope
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Thinking of importing it, but I haven't seen any reports confirming whether or not the Vita TV is region-free. Does anyone know if it'll work with my US Vita games?

james sadler
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I'm sure some smart hackers will crack an imported model for the US. Most of the features I'm not that interested in since I'll be getting a PS4 shortly after launch, but the ability to stream the PS4 content to the Vita TV that I can have connected to another TV/Monitor is a really really attractive prospect. Currently I have multiple consoles in different rooms and this would allow me to just buy 1 console and 1 or 2 of these micro consoles to fit my needs. Would make the wife happy.

Maurício Gomes
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Sony must sell this in Brazil, and facilitate the Android SDK version of this...

They would make some serious killing! (here consoles are bloody expensive, and some local manufacturers still sell official Sega MegaDrive, MasterSystem, and clones of NES! sometimes for up to 200 USD!!!)

Joe Zachery
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WOW is this one of the dumbest things Sony has announced, and their are many. So this is not supposed to be a console version of the Vita. To help sell software for that device here in the west. Instead it's a streaming device for a market that would rather have a portable device?

K Gadd
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Where does that interview say PlayStation Mobile is supported? All I see is this in the english translation:

For casual users, there is the "PS Mobile" game distribution service for smartphones and tablet computers. In other words, there are two "entrances" to the PlayStation platform that SCE offers for casual users. Of the two entrances, the PS Vita TV allows to enjoy the PlayStation world more in the true sense. It is because game controllers such as the Dualshock 3 can be used.

Reading this it appears to present PS Mobile as one entrance into the PlayStation Platform, and PS Vita TV as the other entrance. That is, it's presenting them as opposites.

It would still be nice if PS Mobile were supported but that doesn't seem to be what that interview says :)

Bob Johnson
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Makes more sense now that I read it is Asia only and that there is a space open there for becoming the leader of the video streaming device market. Also makes more sense in Japan where the PSP sold fairly well as a games machine. And I presume the Vita, while still not doing great over there, is doing better there than in the west.