So, some crazy news came out of Sony’s Press Conference in Japan. The Vita is getting a makeover (slightly slimmer, non-OLED screen, on-board memory, and new colors!), the PS4 has a release date in Japan (February?), and as a little throw-in at the end of the conference, PS Vita Tv. My initial response as you can probably guess was.. what?? Let’s dig into this little device some more.
The PS Vita TV is a small “micro-console” that is about the size of a deck of cards. With it, you’ll be able to play Vita games on your TV via an HDMI port. It comes with a slot for Vita games, a Memory Card, an Ethernet port, and a USB port as well. It will also communicate via Wireless connection. Having a new outlet for Vita games could mean an even stronger rebound for Sony’s “little handheld that should, but hasn’t yet”. While the main draw here is that you can now play Vita games on your TV using a Dualshock 3 controller sold separately or in a bundle with a memory card (Not all games will work however since the DS3 doesn’t have a touchpad), there are some additional features that could make this little box even more amazing.
First, it will stream video or music to your TV. Since this announcement was made in Japan, the partners don’t really match up, but Hulu was mentioned. Also, Music Unlimited was mentioned as a music option. You will also be able to use Sony’s Twitter client, email, browser, and even voice chat.
Next, and probably the most interesting, the ability will come soon where you will have the ability to stream PS4 games via Remote Play through the Vita TV. This will work over Wifi just like Remote Play via the Vita, but with one notable exception. Since you will be able to use a Dualshock 4 controller, there is no change to the control scheme. Theoretically, this means you can have one PS4 and play it anywhere in your house (provided that no one else is using it).
Now after finding out all of this info, I was pretty much sold. So, I can have all this streaming capability, plus games, plus next gen games on my other TV in the house? This is a Roku/Apple TV killer. But now we come to the catch… It has only been announced in Japan so far (set for launch on November 14 – hmm doesn’t something else come out around then?). While it can be assumed that it is coming to the US (and other territories), they haven’t come out and said it yet. So, I’ll anxiously await this wonderful little piece of hardware. (And hopefully not be disappointed). Here is a link to the press release: http://www.scei.co.jp/corporate/release/pdf/130909c_e.pdf.
So, what do you think about the PS Vita TV? Is it the savior for Vita in general? Have I overrated it? Let me know in the comments.