Dubbed the PS Vita TV, the micro-console comes with a small .5cm by 10.5cm white box that can be hooked up to a HDTV and any PS3 DualShock controller. It can play PS Vita, PSP and older Playstation One games and Sony plans to add support to stream PS4 games with an update later which essentially turns the next-gen console into a local game server. However, not all PS Vita games will work with the unit since it does not support touchscreen controls.
The unit comes with 1 GB of internal storage but comes with a memory card slot to increase in the storage space size. It will be sold in two flavors in Japan starting Nov. 14. The first is the basic unit by itself for 9,954 yen ($100.05) and the second is a bundle that include the controller and an 8 GB Vita memory card for 14,994 yen ($150.44).
While the PS Vita TV may have appeal to gamers it could also appeal to cord cutters in the United States as well who have ditched their cable or satellite service for media streaming alternatives like the Roku or Apple TV or for consoles like the PS3 or Xbox 360. The price is roughly competitive but the extra expense of the proprietary memory card could be a concern from a consumer standpoint. However, that may be offset with the ability to play games.
That said, Sony has not announced a release for North America or Europe for the PS Vita TV yet.
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