Sony to Take on Apple TV with PS Vita TV
Sony recently announced a new addition to its PlayStation Vita ecosystem, one which has a surprising new form factor. The new addition is a game-playing set-top box for televisions that will take on Apple’s own Apple TV device. The new PS Vita TV is a device which measures just 6 by 10 cm and packs in the hardware from Sony’s PS Vita portable console. This hardware will allow the console to play video game selections from both the original PlayStation and the PlayStation Portable, as well as select titles from the PlayStation Vita.
As of right now, more than 100 PS Vita games, over 600 PSP games, and more than 600 PlayStation games can be played on Sony’s upcoming device. It will also be able to stream content from the forthcoming PlayStation 4 console if the television the console is regularly attached to is in use.
The whole premise behind the device is that it will bring Sony into competition with Apple and the other tech giants in the set-top segment. The PS Vita TV is set to provide access to a range of video services much like its competition. Many of those will be Japan-specific including DMM.com, Tsutaya TV, and NicoNico Douga, but it will also connect to Hulu and Sony’s PlayStation Store, which itself also has a wide range of video offerings available. Sony is planning to compete with the Apple TV on price as well. The PS Vita TV will retail for roughly $95 for a base version with another bundle selling for roughly $143, which comes packed with a DualShock 3 controller and 8 GB of memory card included.
The new device marks the first significant competition that Apple has faced in the media streaming devices market. Others include the Roku lineup, the Boxee Box, and to a lesser extent, Google’s Chromecast. As of right now, the Apple TV has grabbed 56% of the market in 2012 and other devices from the competition have failed to gain traction the way that Apple’s set top box has.
Sony currently seems to be stepping into the segment with a product that has wide name recognition and a deep library of game and media titles to distribute. The set-top box is set to launch on November 14 in Japan but the company hasn’t revealed any plans for a wider release just yet. We’ll have to wait and see.
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Will you be looking into a PS Vita TV?