Sony PlayStation TV

72
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72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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PlayStation Vita TV review: Sony's first mini-console has some growing pains

Summary

The Vita TV can play PS1 andVita games, and,if you have a PS4,you can useRemote Play,too. It's cheap, but the video services are limited, bothin content and picture quality. For now, it may be aJapan-only experiment, butit has potential, assuming Sony can work out some of the game compatibility issues.

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Pros
  • The cheapest, most portable way to remotely play your PS4 on another TV
  • Plays PS1 and Vita games using a full-sized DualShock controller
  • Reasonably priced
Cons
  • Doesn't play every Vita game, excludessomeimportant ones
  • Video services need more work, content
  • Same UI as the Vita, but harder to use without a touchscreen
PlayStation Vita TV review: Sony's first mini-console has some growing pains

Sony had a tiny surprise to share just ahead of the Tokyo Games Show: the PS Vita TV, appearing from inside SCE President Andrew House's jacket pocket. Having already announced a new, slender PS Vita handheld less than an hour earlier, Sony showed off this minute console -- roughly the same footprint as a smartphone -- that plays Vita games, PlayStation games and streams video content, as well as music and video from Sony's own store. It can also connect with multiple PS3 DualShock controllers, allowing for proper, responsive gaming -- something we're not quite used to getting from something so tiny.

You could see it as a brutal counterstrike from the PlayStation team against the cheap, mini-console likes of OUYA and GameStick, even Huawei. Aside from contemporary Vita titles and indie games, you can also tap into an ever-increasing catalog of hits from yesteryear -- something that the Android and iOS platforms also dip their feet into, but with the peace of mind (read: stability) of PlayStation hardware, and the ability to steer the action with a DualShock controller. Sound like something you'd like to try out? Well, unfortunately, unlike the new PS Vita, this is currently a Japan-only deal. What's more, availability in Nihon is directly tied to compatibility there, too; you'll need a Japanese PSN account to even use it. We're still getting a vague line from SCE on whether it will eventually arrive outside of Japan. (It would be a convenient bit of hardware to sell alongside Sony's PlayStation Now streaming-game service, set to launch in the US later this year, right?)

So, is this just a tenuous experiment or a whole new console line for PlayStation? Or, given that it's practically got all the same internals, would you be better off just buying a Vita?

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Scores

Engadget

72
 

Breakdown

Game library
6.0
Graphics
7.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Other features (media, online, etc.)
6.0
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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