PS Vita TV brings portable gaming to your television

Sony has revealed PlayStation Vita TV, a new device which lets users enjoy portable gaming and media experiences on their television.

Measuring 6.5cm by 10.5cm, the system adopts the Vita chip sets and system software to let users play over 1,300 Vita, PSP and PSOne classics on TV using a DualShock 3 controller. Since the controller isn't equipped with Vita features like a touch screen, rear touch pad, camera, electronic compass and microphone, not all Vita titles will be playable on PS Vita TV.

Vita entertainment offerings including movies and eBooks will also be viewable on TV. Additionally, the device allows users to Remote Play PS4 games on TV using a DualShock 4.

Vita TV is due to launch first in Japan on November 14 priced at 9,480 yen (£61 / $95), or 9,954 yen (£64 / $100) with tax. A worldwide release will follow at a later date.

Sony also revealed a redesigned Vita model today. Set for release in Japan on October 10, the Wi-Fi system is 20 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter than the existing Vita, It also offers one extra hour of battery life and will come in six different colours, priced at 18,980 yen (£122 / $190), or 19,929 yen (£128 / $200 USD) with tax.


  • Fireninjastar - September 11, 2013 11:52 a.m.

  • GOD - September 9, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    That actually seems really cool. Letting you use this to play your PS4 in two different rooms if a TV is taken, without needing to rewire everything, as well as letting me play Vita games without requiring me to buy an actualy Vita. It seems clear though by the PS3 contoller being used that it won't be compatible with all Vita and PS4 games, so my two questions are what Vita game will it work with? And will it work with my PS+? If it does work with my PS+ and works with most of the really great Vita games I got for free through PS+ then that's only $100 to play a bunch of great games. Of course that would also only work if it had digital storage, but I feel like it has to be able to play PS1 and PSP games. I'm guessing it would use the same memory cards as a Vita.
  • talleyXIV - September 9, 2013 2:29 p.m.

    Actually wish they would do this for the 3DS, it would be a great fit for the Wii U gamepad setup too.
  • shawksta - September 9, 2013 12:08 p.m.

    So basically Sony's version of that plate thing you put under your gamecube to play GBA games on the TV
  • GenderBender_9000 - September 9, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    So it's the Super Gameboy all over again.
  • DragonLord23 - September 9, 2013 8:53 a.m.

    So now there is ABSOLUTLY no reason to buy a Vita when I can buy this.
  • AqueousBoy - September 9, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Well, you are buying a Vita when you buy this.
  • Ensoul - September 9, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    I mean R2 and L2.
  • Ensoul - September 9, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Does that mean it'll use the PS3 controllers R1 and R2 buttons when playing a PlayStation game?
  • ObliqueZombie - September 9, 2013 5:07 a.m.

  • Swedish_Chef - September 9, 2013 4 a.m.

    Does this mean we'll finally be able to capture Vita footage without having to go through absolute hell? Because if that's so then that's a big goddamn improvement over what people have to go through now. Also I can see the controller being a huge improvement for certain games like shooters for example (especially if you can use a dual shock 4 due to the larger gap between thumb sticks making it so your thumbs no longer bump into each other by accident when using them).
  • Shinn - September 9, 2013 3:54 a.m.

    This looks interesting. Unfortunately, that ad itself is pretty terrible.
  • veryweirdguy - September 9, 2013 2:23 a.m.

    I'm actually really interested in this, provided I will be able to play the 3 Vita games I actually want to play. Hopefully they'll release a list of what is/isn't compatible soon (I don't know which ones rely on the touchscreen or whatever...!)

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