Sony announces PlayStation Vita TV
posted on 09.09.13 at 04:03 AM EST by (@salromano)
PS Vita, PSP, and PSone Classic games on your TV.

Sony is bringing PS Vita to the big screen. Announced at its SCEJA Press Conference in Tokyo, PlayStation Vita TV is a new, TV-connected platform that will allow users to access games, video services, and other content.

The new platform, 6.5 by 10.5 centimeters in size, uses the chip sets and system software of PS Vita and supports over 1,300 PS Vita, PSP, and PSone Classic games. It also supports video services like Tsutaya TV, Nico Nico Douga, and Hulu, and network services like PlayStation Plus, e-mail, web browsing, and more.

Through a future firmware update, the console can also act as a PlayStation 4 remote play device. Just as PS Vita can remotely play PlayStation 4 games, PlayStation Vita TV can do the same.

PlayStation Vita TV will launch first in Japan on November 14 for 9,480 yen (9,945 yen with tax). A “Value Pack” including a DualShock 3 controller and 8 gigabyte memory card will be available on the same day for 14,280 yen (14,994 yen with tax).

Watch the promotion video below. View the first images at the gallery.

  • futuristic_imagination

    I’ll buy PlayStation Vita TV so my 3 brothers can stop borrowing my vita!

  • http://Twitter.com/Kloacy Klo-Ci

    I’m curious as to how they’ll emulate front and rear touch, and mutli-touch features for games that use it. Imagine playing Technika Tune on something like this.

    It’ll hopefully make for much easier streaming/recording of Vita games though. Assuming it doesn’t have HDCP for games.

    Edit: Read through the press release. Looks like it just won’t support those games, as other people have already said.

    http://scei.co.jp/corporate/release/pdf/130909c_e.pdf

    • veruses

      I think Technika Tune will be the first to be unplayable.

      • Dede Ogbe

        gravity rush as well

        • Kyosuke Yoshino

          Zero Escape as well…

          • Sitrus

            Well, it *is* possible to play without the touchscreen by using the right analog stick as the cursor. It is too slow though…

      • Kami nii

        well we can’t say that for now because TGS is around the corner and pretty much they will announce more about psvita tv there.

        • Frankiedf

          Unless they add a touch interface, technika tune will be impossible on this.

    • futuristic_imagination

      Im guessing a limited number of games will be playable, unless there is a patch for button mapping. Not too sure about games that are touch only.

    • LastBoss

      What about through the DualShock 4?!!

  • RmanX1000

    I hope this is better than the Video out cables for PSP. The resolution size was unbearable. Even when i expanded my tv’s zoom the game barely fit half the screen.

  • ギャビン

    You guys are crushing it with the news, best coverage of this thing for sure awesome job guys!

  • syaznifaiq

    so now u can play soul sacrifice on bigger screen ? awesome

  • Dede Ogbe

    So essentially its better to think of this as a cheaper vita. If people buy this it means a increase in games sales for developers. Meaning more games will be developed. As such it benefits the vita in a way

    • jujubee88

      Me gusta!

  • Kami nii

    PS vita + Psvita TV + Ps4 = innovation
    This is great news!! HDMI output by PS vita tv
    Can’t wait for TGS there is more to come people

    • Ritsujun

      2DS <– circus

  • ギャビン

    Now does this have built in flash memory or do you use the PS4 HDD to access your digital Vita/PSP/PS1 games?

    • Zackasaur

      It has 1GB built in. In addition, it has a Vita memory card slot, and it streams content from your other devices (thus not needing its own memory in order to have output). So, yeah, you could use your PS4’s HDD.

  • shogunknight

    No wonder they didnt put hdmi out, this is actually brilliant. I hope it gets released worldwide

  • jujubee88

    *spit take*

    I’ll drink some more water now and….

    *spit take doubly*

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    This could put the Vita out to die… On the other hand, this could also increase sales of Vita titles, thus encouraging more developers to make games for it…

    • jujubee88

      How would this put the VITA out to die? In Japan, people still want portables.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        I wasn’t thinking about Japan.. I was thinking worldwide(NA,Eu,Asia, etc)…

        • Belenger

          I can picture this “Time To Play DJMAX Technika”…… then, TIME to play Gravity Rush……..Time to play 999-2?, then you die inside because you have no touch.

          • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

            Thanks for that… But what’s the use of the Vita’s touch if this Vita TV is more successful than the Vita itself?

            • jujubee88

              It’s more like the Japanese devs are largely supporting VITA anyways and they focus on the portable.

              Also, the buttons can be reconfigured at anytime to fir VITA TV. It’s just a matter of the developer doing that. (which should be relatively painful considering only DJMAX Technika Tune and a few other solely rely on touch)

              • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                “It’s more like the Japanese devs are largely supporting VITA anyways and they focus on the portable.”

                The Vita or the 3DS(or 2DS)?

                • jujubee88

                  I was talking about VITA support being better in Japan than it is in the west (though, indies kind of changed the conversation).

                  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                    Expect more VITA TV support in the west then…

                    • jujubee88

                      It’s already happening. Volume is said to be adding VITA TV functionality. But that’s on top of OG VITA support (for touchscreen stuff).

                      So, it’s win win. Do you just not like the VITA or something?

                    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                      I was skeptical because I care… I do own a Vita, spent a lot of time and never regretted it once…

                    • jujubee88

                      Cool. So what games are you looking forward to on VITA this year?

                    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                      Not much to be honest… Studies have been keeping me busy and PS+ pretty much covers all my needs… Unless it’s a game I really want, I go buy it either day one or later….

                      I’m just gonna wait till more titles from Japan are localized…

                    • jujubee88

                      Your not buying Killzone? Ahh man.

                      Before anyone judges me, I’m not a first person shooter fan but I played the beta and had loads of fun. Picking it up today too!

                    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

                      Not judging… If I’m a FPS fan, I would definitely buy Killzone alright…

                      It’s just that my reflexes ain’t what it used to be and nowadays, I’ll start getting dizzy after moving around a lot in FPS… Must be a sign of me getting too old for them and I barely even hit 20s yet….

                    • jujubee88

                      It might be the field of vision or you just might not like playing twitch action game for hours on end on a portable.

                      Understandable! These are (part of) the reasons I’m getting a VITA TV, actually.

    • small44

      Vita tv is a vita without screen so it will will help vita not killing it

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        If people wants Vita TV more and more than vita, people might soon forget the Vita… Then Vita TV might be the new Vita…

        (Except in Japan)

        • small44

          I’m 99% sure sale trackers will consider vita tv like a new model of vita,and will adittion both sale.

          • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

            Oh okay…. Which sale tracker are you referring to?

    • Frankiedf

      The gameboy player and super gameboy didn’t kill their systems, I think vita is safe.

  • Sevyne

    Remember how rumor was flying around a while back for a PS4/Vita bundle? Of course we know that it wasn’t true, but this device could make it sort of a reality. It wouldn’t really bump the price up much and it just makes so much sense to do it!

  • geipel izzy

    Wow excited

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    This makes me SO happy, I never really liked handhelds and now I can support them!

  • pekot

    And I thought 2ds was a smart
    Move for Nintendo
    But this is smarter

    But why not DS4 ?
    Some vita games has touch gameplay

    • bloodiOS

      What’s the point when the PS4 isn’t even out in Japan at that time?

      • HassanJamal

        True, maybe a future update.

      • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

        i guess you missed the part about the vita and psp.

        • bloodiOS

          i guess you missed the part about the vita and psp.

          I guess you missed the part about the release date.This thing comes out on November 14, while the Japanese launch for the PlayStation 4 is on February 22, 2014. What’s the point of bundling the DualShock 4 with the PlayStation Vita TV when the controller is basically a paperweight for the next three months? There might be another bundle later on that replaced the DualShock 3 with the DualShock 4, but for now, the DualShock 4 doesn’t make sense.

          • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

            No i’m aware of the release date and the psvita and psp have already been released in japan and this device works with them and is bundled with a DS3 not a DS4.

            • bloodiOS

              So what’s your point?

              • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

                seriously?

                • bloodiOS

                  Well, yeah, I replied to pekot saying that it doesn’t make sense to bundle the DualShock 4 with the Vita TV and you replied back to me about the PSP and the Vita. Relevant how?

                  • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

                    sorry about that i missed the trail so what i read was out of context thought you were comenting on the article in general.

                    • bloodiOS

                      Ah, never mind then. It happens to everyone once in a while ;)

        • Ritsujun

          lolwut

    • Sitrus

      Sony stated they will patch in the DS4 when it launches it Japan.

    • Ritsujun

      2DS? LOOOL

      • Locksus

        Shill harder. The 2DS is a brilliant idea, if you put some thought into it.

        • Ritsujun

          You mean Nintendawg’s Wii duUum and 3DSinker, too?

          • Locksus

            What are you, 12?
            I could go on and yell “Lel VITANIC XD” all over the place, but no, I think I won’t do that. Because, you know, I’m not emotionally attached to any one company(lol)/system. And if you honestly think that 3DS is “sinking”, you’re pretty ignorant. No hard feelings, yeah?

            2DS is essentially an entry-level handheld for -younger- audiences who still don’t have a 2DS. Plus, it’s launching the same day as Pokemon X and Y, which are pretty substantial releases.

    • http://wholesomegamer.com/ G.

      I assume they say DS3 for now because PS Vita TV is coming out this year whereas the PS4 is coming out next year.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the DS4 can work with it though. They’ll probably talk about that closer to the PS4’s launch in Japan next year. For now, they’re letting people play with what is available.

  • Rikin Hoh

    Does this mean the Vita will support Dualshock 3 in the future?

  • E.Gus

    WTF!!!!!

  • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

    should have named it pstv or something playstation generic, I see more use for this with the ps4 than the vita

    • TheExile285

      how? PS4 connects to a TV………………

      • http://www.dorqs.com/ Pace

        You can stream a ps4 game to another tv in your house through this device… thats how.

  • SuperLuigi

    Gundam seed battle Destiny, gravity rush, uncharted ga, soul sacrifice, and ragnarok on the big screen? I might want this!

    • Zackasaur

      If it uses some of the Vita’s unique inputs, it won’t work. Gravity Rush and Uncharted GA both do.

  • Anime10121

    Finally! NOW I’m hype! Hope its full screen unlike that component cable for PSP (where you had to buy an extra dongle to make it full screen)

  • SuperLuigi

    Just had a thought. I wonder how many accounts can be on this thing? I would LOVE to have a Japanese and American PSN on the same device.

  • gerald

    This is brilliant. I know a lot of people who have a PS3 but don’t use portables and would probably buy this for all the new games it opens up. My brother, who I don’t live with but share my PSN purchases with, is one of those people. I could finally give him all my portable JRPGs.

    This will be a big boost to game sales and help increase Vita dev support.

  • kuusou yume

    If it can get apps (instead of from PS4) like the Apple TV & Roku, this thing is going to DESTROY

  • bloodiOS

    Apparently not all titles will be compatible with the PlayStation Vita TV. Here’s the list of compatible titles:

    http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvitatv/game/psvitalist/

    • SuperLuigi

      Lame. I hope they fix to add in more.

      • bloodiOS

        Probably something they’ll explore with the arrival of the DualShock 4 once the PS4 hits Japan.

        • AdamBoy64

          That would be really neat.

  • Dede Ogbe

    Phantasy Star online 2 on my big screen? Senran Kagura boobies as well? Sold!!

    • SuperLuigi

      Don’t forget the new phantasy star announced today!

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

    Nice knowing ya, Ouya.

    Also, I guess making a Component Out and tethering a PS3 controller like they did with the PSPGo was too much effort. Or they’d rather get $100 for functionality that a previous system had….

    Can we talk about how much Sony and Nintendo are going in opposite directions with their handhelds?

    • Ritsujun

      OUch,YeAh.

  • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

    Also, will devs be allowed to access the additionally buttons on the PSVTV’s dualshock?

  • Yuri4prez

    This is a great idea! If lots of people buy this, the Vita games start rolling out like crazy! It may hurt Vita Hardware sales, but it gives the option to the Consumer. Don’t like portables? But Vita TV! All the while, Vita games coming out for everybody.

    • Dede Ogbe

      at the end of the day its sony that benefits if it takes off, so i doubt they’ll be hurt too bad. Plus its more games for everyone.

    • LordKaiser

      Yup and in the end everyone wins, you and me.

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Okay, here’s hoping that Sony will talk about some kind of patch for the PS Vita TV at TGS so that you can play games that uses the touch screen of the PS Vita.

  • LordKaiser

    LOL looks that I won’t need to buy a Vita after all. Anyone has the Vita RPG list?

    The PSP version of FFI and FFII are not on the PSN store…

    • Zackasaur

      Well, this won’t play all Vita games. It doesn’t have access to stuff like rear touch.

      • TheExile285

        I doesn’t play all Vita games but that doesn’t mean anything with touch screen or rear touch controls won’t work.

        Ys Celecta is compatible according to Sonys list and that game has lots of touch controls.

        • Zackasaur

          Yeah, my guess is that some games can patch in alternate controls.

      • LordKaiser

        Damn it!!!

      • LordKaiser

        I wish it could use DS4 instead. That would solve the issue.

        • Elvick

          No, it really wouldn’t.

          • tubers

            Probably most but there’s the backpad for a few games.. and there’s definitely going to be a learning curve into using the tiny touchpad on the PS4.

            I assume a game like Dokuro would be PITA with the DS4.

  • Learii

    I wonder can we watch what we record from our vita

    Edit: good move for making vita tv

  • LordKaiser

    I only have one problem with this Vita TV… It’s fricking white!

    • El_Kaiju

      RACIST

      • LordKaiser

        Blue supremacy!!!

        • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

          Pink, you heathen.

    • Elvick

      All my stuff is black… so I agree. :P

    • AdamBoy64

      Hmmm.. I can relate to that.

      I want all my Sony stuff to be black. It’s just their colour. That’s it.
      Just like I shunned the Premium Wii U because it was black, and not white.

  • bloodiOS

    Say what now?! Wow, what happened to that reading comprehension?

  • SolarisSpell

    This is so amazing I can’t belive it! ^_^

    Maybe I’m missing something butd o we know anything about how it saves data or if it is region locked? Can I buy FF Type-0 from the Japanese PSN Store and play it, with analog camera control and on my TV??

    Playing PSP and Vita games on my TV would be so sweet.

    • bloodiOS

      I think it functions like a normal Vita, seeing that it has the Vita’s CPU and GPU built-in and everything. So yeah, it’s basically is a Vita without all the accessories (the buttons, the sticks, the screen, and the pad) that outputs on the big screen:

      • SolarisSpell

        Thanks Bloodios. Maybe I’m particularly slow today, but if I’m playing a Vita game and want to save… Does it has memory, do I need a Vita Memory Card? Do we know if I can also download games from differente PSN regions?

        Not sure if this is not known or if simply I’m missing it.

        • bloodiOS

          It’s like the new Vita Slim. It has 1GB of internal memory and you can insert Vita Memory Card into it. So yeah, save like you would to a normal Vita. For games from other regions, well, all I can say is that it works the same way a normal Vita does, meaning you have to switch Memory Card for each account. So, really, nothing you should be unfamiliar with if you already own a Vita.

      • Ritsujun

        Yay for 110g.

  • http://www.hush404.com hush404

    I love this.

  • bloodiOS

    Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will now include “VITA & VITA TV” as an option for your platform of choice!Source:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero/posts/593935

    • tubers

      Nice! I hope the VITA version gets through :)

      • bloodiOS

        It’s already included in the initial goal ;)

    • Sevyne

      She looks as happy as I am about the news!

    • jujubee88

      “As it happens, the landscape of gaming has shifted somewhat today with Sony’s VITA TV announcement….it means that we can include both VITA and VITA TV as part of our $400K funding goal. It’s not a Stretch Goal, just part of the package.”

      Neat-o! Spread the news vitamuffins!!!

    • LordKaiser

      Nice that they don’t need 3 million to do it.

  • PrinceHeir

    ice!

  • AdamBoy64

    Okay, so looks like I may end up with a Vita one day.
    This is pretty neat.

    • Sevyne

      Honestly, I feel that PSVita is an essential thing to own if you plan on also getting a PS4. Even if you don’t care for portables, the VitaTV is now a hell of an option. Having a PS4 and not a Vita in any form just seems like you are missing an important link.

      • AdamBoy64

        Sorry if I’m slow on the uptake. I’m not sure I completely understand the concept of PS Vita TV just yet.

        But it’s a vita I can plug into my TV, and play some (most?) Vita games – depending on whether the game uses specific Vita features (like back trackpad)? Have I got that right?

        I guess it has a lot of other features (which will be used by developers) to enhance game play in the future?
        Thanks for your response.

        • Sevyne

          Well yes, it does that. It will also allow you to connect to your PS4 via remote play/wifi to play PS4 games on another TV without having to move your PS4. Also can play your digital PS1 Classics and digital PSP games.

          This might help give you a better idea of how well the PS4,Vita,VitaTV go hand in hand,

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abRveeP_PzM

          • AdamBoy64

            Okay, that remote play sounds pretty cool.

            So if I have a PS4 connected to a TV.
            And a VitaTV connected to another TV, I can ‘stream’ from PS4 and play it on another TV via ‘VitaTV’. That is pretty neat.

            The PS1 classics and digital PSP games sounds good. I can get behind that.

            I’m the sort of person who doesn’t do a lot with their PS3 – I just stick the game disc in and press ‘X’ to play

            Thanks for the link, and thank you for taking the time to respond.

  • Willgaea

    Isn’t the Ps vita going to do the same thing as a Wii U tablet in future updates for the Ps4? That feature where you can stream the game you were playing on your tv to your Wii u tablet. I’m pretty sure Sony said they are going to do that with the Vita.

    Follow up: If that’s true would it be possible to stream the other way around? I don’t see why they don’t want to do this.

  • Karl Josef

    Welcome to Playstation family PSV TV :)

  • $30632660

    What’s the point of getting the Vita itself then LOL

    • TheBlackRabbit

      ….why would you get both?

      • $30632660

        ….why would you get the Vita at all?

        • TheBlackRabbit

          because it looks cool, and as a bunch of games i like. plus portable ;D

  • LunarHaven

    So, I am confused… can I connect PSVita to the TV and play it on my big screen with my PS3/4 controller?!

    • artemisthemp

      As I understand you get a PS3 controller + PSVita TV, which allow you to play PSVita titles on TV

      • LunarHaven

        Excellent! Def getting this because of games like Ys 4 etc.

  • artemisthemp

    Smart way of sony to sell Vita to Anti handheld ppl

    • LunarHaven

      Exactly, and I am one of em lol

  • bloodiOS

    I’m not sure how the Kinect is pointless, and I don’t really care but how is this crap? It’s a Vita without all the extra accessories. It allows people the option to play Vita games on the big screen. Suddenly having more options is bad?