Sony Announces PS Vita TV, A $95 Apple TV Competitor That Plays Games

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At an event in Japan today, Sony unveiled the new PS Vita TV, a tiny set-top box that will sell for around $95 and look to compete with devices like the Apple TV. Not only will it let you stream content from services like Hulu and Sony’s own Video Unlimited service, but if you connect a DualShock 3 controller, it will also allow you to play PSP and PS Vita games on your TV.

And that’s not all; PS Vita TV will also team up with the upcoming PlayStation 4 to provide you with some nifty extended screen functionality. If you have your PS4 connected to your TV in the living room, but your other half is watching her favorite soap, you’ll be able to stream the game to the PS Vita TV connected to your set in the bedroom.

PS Vita TV is priced at ¥9,480 in Japan, which roughly translates to $95, and it’ll launch in November. There is a catch, though. If you want to play games on it, you’ll have to buy the ¥14,280 ($143) version, which comes bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and an 8GB memory card — or provide your own.

PS Vita TV currently supports a number of streaming services in Japan, including Hulu, Tsutaya TV, Nico Nico Douga, and Video Unlimited; and it comes loaded with a bunch of PS Vita-style apps, including the LiveTweet Twitter client.

At this kind of price, the PS Vita TV will surely compete with devices like the Apple TV and the Roku, and its ability to run apps and games, and extend your PS4 gaming to another TV, gives it a huge advantage; particularly in Japan where the PSP and the PS Vita are hugely popular.

Sony hasn’t announced its PS Vita TV launch plans for the rest of the world yet, but we’re assuming it won’t remain exclusive to Japan for too long. If Sony wants to rack up sales quickly, it will ensure PS Vita TV is pretty much everywhere in time for the holiday season.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    That seems like a pretty sweet device. Apple needs to step up its game with AppleTV and let it run some game apps along with PLEX and external hard drive support.

  • efforting

    While others are innovating, Apple is stagnating.
    It blows my mind that Apple has let so many recent opportunities slip through their fingers.
    AppleTV should have had apps a year ago. Other manufacturers have to create this stuff from scratch and essentially all Apple had to do was flip a switch.
    They discontinued the nano watch form factor when they could have embraced and advanced it. Instead we will end up getting a glorified nike fuelband instead of a watch, and 2 years too late to boot.
    Are we really going to have to wait another year minimum for a larger screen iPhone? they could have a new larger form factor iPhone to stores in a handful of months if cookie just gave the go ahead.

  • rammo123

    While others are innovating, Apple is stagnating.
    It blows my mind that Apple has let so many recent opportunities slip through their fingers.
    AppleTV should have had apps a year ago. Other manufacturers have to create this stuff from scratch and essentially all Apple had to do was flip a switch.
    They discontinued the nano watch form factor when they could have embraced and advanced it. Instead we will end up getting a glorified nike fuelband instead of a watch, and 2 years too late to boot.
    Are we really going to have to wait another year minimum for a larger screen iPhone? they could have a new larger form factor iPhone to stores in a handful of months if cookie just gave the go ahead.

    One more person who assumes everyone wants a larger phone. Why are you waiting for a larger iPhone – go buy an S4. A lot of people still want an iPhone that actually fits in out pockets.

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