Ahead of next week's Tokyo Game Show, Sony has unveiled a new $100 micro-console dubbed the PS Vita TV that plays over 1,300 games from the combined libraries of PS Vita games and digital versions of PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 1 classics.
The 6 x 10 x 1 cm device connects to an HDTV via an HDMI port and games can be controlled with a DualShock 3 controller. Internally, the PS Vita TV has a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM (for storing game saves), Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Externally, there's a USB 2.0 port, Ethernet and HDMI port.
The only downside to the PS Vita TV is that it can't play any PS Vita game that uses the touchscreen. That's a blow to hit Vita titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush.
Gaming is what the PS Vita TV is all about, but Sony wants you to know that it's also a video/movie streaming box extraordinaire, too. Amazon Video on Demand, Hulu, Netflix, MLB.TV, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter and YouTube are all supported.
Streaming a game from the upcoming PlayStation 4 to a display connected to a PS Vita TV in another room will also be possible in a future update.
For $100, the PS Vita TV sounds like a great buy. I'd take one over an Apple TV or the lackluster Ouya Android microconsole any day. If you don't have a DualShock 3 controller already from a PS3, Sony will also sell a bundle with the PS Vita TV and a controller for $150. The PS Vita comes out on November 14 in Japan. No word on a release in other regions, yet.
PS Vita Slims Down
Additionally, Sony also announced a new, 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter PS Vita handheld. Aside from being rounder and more bubbly, the new PS Vita lasts an hour longer for gaming, includes 1GB of internal storage and dumps the proprietary charging port for micro USB. And lastly, the 5-inch OLED screen is gone; replaced with an LCD. There goes the super dark black levels.
The new PS Vita launches on October 10 in Japan. Like the PS Vita TV, we've yet to hear if Sony has plans to release the slimmer PS Vita in other regions.