PS Vita TV Is Sony’s Latest Hardware


PS Vita TV works with the Dualshock 3 controller to play games on your TV

Sony revealed PS Vita TV today at their pre-TGS conference this morning (or last night depending on where you live). The hardware, as shown above, is quite small measuring in at only 6cm by 10cm and weighing in at only 110 grams (3.9 ounces). But what exactly is PS Vita TV? Well, it’s a means of playing your Vita games on your TV with your Dualshock 3 controller.

The PS Vita TV streams the game through the box then to your TV via an HDMI cable. The hardware features a USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth, 1GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port. A future update for the hardware will allow users to stream their PS4 games remotely and use the Dualshock 4 controller via Wi-Fi from their console that can be played on another TV. So if your parents want to watch TV, you can turn your PS4 on and take your game to your bedroom without ever moving your console. It has a slot to insert your Vita games and your Vita memory card. However, gaming on the TV isn’t the only thing this is capable of. You can also use it to use video streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.

So far, it has been announced that the PS Vita TV will be released in Japan on November 14th with a price tag of 9,480 Yen (approximately $95 USD). There will also be a bundle of the PS Vita TV with a Dualshock 3 controller and an 8GB Vita memory card for 14,994 Yen (approximately $150 USD). No mention of a Western release but it seems highly likely that we will see it released stateside as well.

The only thing that one has to consider would be the resolution of the games through this device. Vita games run at a resolution of 960 x 544; using this device would try to emulate it at 720p minimum on HDTVs. I can imagine that the picture wouldn’t look as great as it does on the Vita (which has a beautiful display) being stretched to higher resolutions. However, there is still time for Sony to work through this one kink so we shouldn’t worry about it too much for now.

With all this information, do you think the PS Vita TV is something you’d want to get your hands on? Let us know in the comments below!