PlayStation TV explained

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Sony’s Vita TV allowed Japanese users to play Vita games right on their TV’s, by including a slot for the things in its little microconsole hardware. It’s also a PS4 remote play extender. Now that’s it’s coming to the west, it’s been rebranded as the PlayStation TV. I want one, but mostly so that I can use it as a way to remote play My PS4 games on my monitor while the wife watches whatever nonsense she’s currently watching and hogging up the TV.

Beyond that, there’s very little reason that I can think to want one. Unfortunately, with The Vita being tied to an account, and the Vita memory card only allowing one account per card it means I can’t use it for both Netflix and remote play without switching cards.

I’m just not sure there’ll be enough set-top box features on the thing when tied to a local PSN account, as I currently have. Still, I want one, because reasons. Here’s Sony; doing their best to explain why you want one too.


It’s coming next month, and according to local PlayStation PR, we will be getting the thing, we just have no idea when – or how much it’ll cost. I’ve been using remote play more and more lately, and with the ability to actually use a proper control pad, this thing definitely belongs in my house

Last Updated: October 1, 2014

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  • Umar

    No, this is AWESOME…What you can stream from your PS4 to the TV??…I NEED THIS. Well, for me, I have two TV’s. One in the bedroom for sexy movies….I mean, for games and another in the entertainment area. But My consoles are in my bedroom . So I could just leave the PS TV in the entertainment area if I/anyone else ever wants to game there…That is SO COOL….Though I wonder how well it will perform

    • Vita remote play works pretty well, so i’d imagine this would be just fine

      • Umar

        Hmm…Watched the trailer again…..Said you would need atleast a 5mps connection for best performance….Hmmmm, I thought remote play was direct connection between devices?

        • Hammersteyn

          Yeah I’m confused too, how would Netflix work on this?

        • Can be, can also be through internet if distance is too great. Maybe. I might be making this up. Should be able to do ad hoc connections.

          • Umar

            Ahh…Interesting. I read its gonna be priced at its US equivalent making it just over a grand…I don’t think its a bad deal though, its a pretty cheap device, even if it acts solely as a media hub

          • Admiral Chief 0

            You and numbers…

        • Admiral Chief 0

          How much is 5mps?


          • Umar

            You know what I mean! BLEGH! lol

          • Admiral Chief 0

            5 moves per second?

  • oVg Definitive and Remastered

    While your wife is watching TV in the other room you will be like… 😛

    • oVg Definitive and Remastered

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL What Story? Games starts, Ghost says “fight the Darkness”. Game ends, Ghost says “continue fighting the Darkness while I unlock the same door for the same mission you’ve played because grinding”

      • FoxOneZA

        LOL! Do what the Ghost tells you to do!

    • Admiral Chief 0


  • Ross Woofels Mason

    So wait, this thing has access to the entire digital library of vita games? but I can play them on the big screen with a ps4 remote?

    Hell I want that more than a ps4.

    • oVg Definitive and Remastered

      I m sure that the secret port on top of the Vita was originally meant to plug the Via into a HD TV. Then they came up with this.

  • Xcalibersa

    “while the wife watches whatever nonsense she’s currently watching and hogging up the TV.” + 1000000000

  • Milesh Bhana

    i’m still trying to decide between this and a new Xperia. (or both?)

    • Marc O Polo

      i say both!

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