The console giants roll out their remote gaming gadget to the west.
Originally released in Japan last November as PlayStation Vita TV Sony’s handy micro console can be used to pair up a PS4 with two TVs. Via remote play the device, renamed PlayStation TV for western gamers, will let you play your PS4 on a second TV giving you a another console for a fraction of the price. The current list price in Europe is €99 ($99 in the US).
Taking software and chip sets from Sony’s handheld PS Vita console PlayStation TV is available in a ultra slim format measuring just 6.5cm × 10.5cm, making it Sony’s smallest gaming device to date.
PlayStation TV will also benefit from the “hundreds” of PlayStation Now games set to be coming when Sony’s game streaming service finally goes live and can also be used to access other media streaming services.
PS TV will offer a library of PS Vita, PSP and PS 1 classics which will be playable with Dualshock 3 and 4 controllers and a PS Vita. The PlayStation TV won’t support games that make the use of the Vita’s additional features such as the rear touch pad, motion sensors or microphones, or any PlayStation games that require a camera to play.
What do you make of Sony’s cut-down Vita remote device? Would you rather have a PS Vita or a PlayStation TV?