It’s small, it’s powerful and it’s only a couple weeks away. The PlayStation TV is finally coming to North America and Best Buy on October 14th, and it’s time to take a quick look at what it’s capable of.
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The PlayStation TV is an intuitive and potentially gamechanging part of a growing initiative in the world of console gaming – Digital Distribution. It in itself is a standalone device that gives you access to a myriad of licensed titles over the last nearly 20 years (with a heavy emphasis on PS3 and PS Vita) without the need for a Sony console to support it. If you don’t have either console, it doesn’t matter – You can still get connected. If you have a PlayStation 4, however, that’s where the fun begins.
For PlayStation 4 gamers, the PlayStation TV is a quick device that works alongside your PS4 and allows you to use it as a Remote Play device for your PS4 games (and the ability to support the DualShock 4 controller.) It simply connects through a local wired or wireless connection, and is essentially Plug and Play.
Let’s take a look at some of the other aspects now. If that isn’t enough, the device also works with PS Vita games, but not all. Since the PlayStation TV doesn’t have the same baseline extras as the PS Vita (like the touch screen, for example,) not every game out there will be compatible if they took advantage of any of these features. A direct link to Sony’s website to see what is and isn’t compatible is further down this article.
If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your gaming urges, the PlayStation TV will be able to connect to the PlayStation Now service, and give you access to the currently over 100 PS3 titles available at your disposal.
Then, if you’re looking for even MORE gaming-wise, some available PSOne classics and more have compatibility with the device too. In fact, here’s the most current list showing which games are compatible with this device, including all the PS Vita titles.
In all, it’s close to 1000 titles that are playable at launch, with more to come.
Finally, there is the entertainment aspect of the PlayStation TV. If you have somebody hogging your main TV (or you’ve bought this for its standalone purposes,) you can sit down in front of another TV with this device and access available Sony music and movie streaming apps, acquiring and downloading with the push of a button.
One of the most interesting and important aspects of the PlayStation TV is its size. It’s touted to fit in the palm of your hand, and the approximate dimensions (around 2.5 inches by 4 inches) means it’s got a minimal footprint in your entertainment centre.
Perhaps the most important aspect is the price. A PlayStation TV core system is available for Pre-Order at an introductory price of just $99.99, with a larger TV bundle coming in at $139.99. This bundle comes with a DualShock 3 controller (which in itself is probably worth the extra cost alone,) an HDMI cable, an 8 GB PS Vita memory card and a download voucher for the Lego Movie game for PS Vita.
Stay tuned for a sneak peek and review of the PlayStation TV coming to Plug In later this month.