Small, set-top box, media streaming devices are quickly helping people cut the cable cord due to them allowing media streaming on their big screen TV. Apple’s small Apple TV has been popular, but there’s also the Roku, Boxee, and Google just entered the fray with their low-price Chrome Cast (which requires a USB port on your TV). Now Sony has thrown the gauntlet down with their own device, only this one plays games as well.
Announced late last night in Tokyo at their pre-TGS conference (where they also announced the Japanese PS4 release date), the PlayStation VitaTV came as a surprise to everyone. In a world of unending tech leaks, especially when it comes to game consoles, Sony’s “One More Thing” style announcement shocked everyone watching the event.
The device is a very small white box that connects to your television. It has a PS Vita game card slot, which will allow it to play most PlayStation Vita games on your TV. I say most as the games that make heavy use of the touch screen, touch pad, camera, or motion controls likely won’t be fully compatible. It will also play every PSP and PSX game that’s available to play on the Vita via PSN. Even cooler is that a future update to the device will allow PS4 remote play through it.
While a US release date wasn’t announced, it’ll be out in Japan on November 13th in two flavors. There will be the box itself, for those who already own a Dual Shock 3, for about $100 or a bundle pack for $50 more than includes a white Dual Shock 3 and a 8GB Vita memory card.
Hopefully this comes to the US quickly. For the same price as an Xbox One, you could buy a PS4 and a VitaTV…