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PS Vita TV is coming to the West as Sony preps PlayStation Now for launch
PS Vita TV is coming to the West as Sony preps PlayStation Now for launch
June 10, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

June 10, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3



Sony launched the PlayStation Vita TV micro-console in Japan last year, and today it announced plans to bring a version of the hardware to Europe, the U.S. and Canada this year as the PlayStation TV.

The company plans to sell the console by itself for $99, as well as a $139 PlayStation TV bundle that includes an HDMI cable, a DualShock 3 controller, an 8 GB memory card and a PlayStation Network code for a copy of The LEGO Movie Videogame. That's roughly in line with what Sony charges for similar packages in Japan.

It's worth noting that the original PlayStation Vita TV hardware sported 1 GB of internal memory, along with a cartridge slot that allows users to play PlayStation Vita games on their TV, and there's little reason to think the Western version will be any different.

The micro-console can also play PlayStation 1, PSP and Vita games downloaded from PSN and stream games from a PlayStation 4, as well as run PSN media streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video,

PlayStation TV will also support Sony's upcoming PlayStation Now game streaming service, which the company has been testing in closed beta for some time. The service is currently capable of streaming PlayStation 3 games (more variety is expected to come later) and will enter open beta on PlayStation 4 at the end of July. Sony plans to bring it to PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and select Sony televisions sometime thereafter.


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SD Marlow
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Ugh... Just calling it Playstation TV is going to cost Sony in terms of sales. It should be called the Vita Play. I'm also disappointed that they kept the same rounded (toy-like) shape as the one released in Japan instead of making it look more like a more aggressive, very mini PS4.

Shay Pierce
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Why will it cost sales? The "Vita" name seems to have a poor reputation in the U.S.

I agree "Playstation TV" is a bad name, but I think it's mostly just confusing - it sounds like it's a special television set with game hardware built in. (Which, according to the last paragraph of the article, they're also going to do, thus furthering the confusion.)

E Zachary Knight
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Of all the Sony products from E3, this is the one thing I am marginally interested in. I could see myself getting one just for the PSN games that are available on it.

Michael DeFazio
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Well RIP Amazon Fire TV.


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