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PlayStation TV
PSTV1
Manufacturer Sony
Type Microconsole
Release Date November 14, 2013 (JP)
October 13, 2014 (NA)
November 14, 2014 (EU)
Media Cartridge
Save Format Flash Memory Cards
Input Options DualShock 3, DualShock 4, PlayStation Vita
Special Features TV control
Units Sold N/A
Top Selling Game Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Variants None
Competitor(s) Apple TV
Predecessor PlayStation Vita
Successor None

The PlayStation TV, known in Japan as the PS Vita TV, is a console that can connect to a TV and play certain PlayStation Vita games. It can also remote play games from the PlayStation 4 and play compatible PSP and PS1 games.

The standard edition includes the PlayStation TV system, an HDMI cable, an AC adaptor, and an AC power cord. The limited edition bundle includes the PlayStation TV system, a DualShock 3 wireless controller, a 8GB memory card, The LEGO Movie Videogame Game Voucher, a AC adaptor, a AC power cord, a HDMI cable, and a USB cable.

For a list of supported games, please visit PlayStation TV/Supported Games

FeaturesEdit

Instead of featuring a display screen, the console connects to a television via HDMI. Users can play using a DualShock 3 controller (with a later patch to provide functionality with PlayStation 4 controllers), as well as various digital PlayStation Portable, PlayStation and TurboGrafx-16 titles.

According to Muneki Shimada, Sony Director of the Second Division of Software Development, the original PCH-1000 series PlayStation Vita already includes an upscaler that supports up to 1080i resolution, however it was decided that the idea for video output for the original Vita was to be scrapped in favor for releasing the PlayStation Vita TV as a separate device for television connectivity. The in-built scaler has been removed from the PCH-2000 series PlayStation Vita model.

The system will support Remote Play compatibility with the PlayStation 4, allowing players to stream games from the PlayStation 4 to a separate TV connected to PS Vita TV, and will also allow users to stream content from video services such as Hulu and Niconico, as well as access the PlayStation Store.

The device will include the software features of the Vita, such as the Web browser and email client.

The console measures 6cm by 10cm, about the size of a pack of playing cards. It weighs about 110 grams.

In the future, the PlayStation Vita TV can potentially play PlayStation 3 games via cloud-based streaming, according to Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House.

ReceptionEdit

IGN said the console "may be one of Sony's most exciting new products and could provide a critical edge for the PS4."

Various commentators have compared the device to set-top boxes - including media streaming devices (such as Apple TV and Chromecast) and other microconsoles (such as Ouya).

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