Submitted by s8anicslayer 806d ago | opinion piece

Has Sony just closed the door on the microconsoles?

Vita TV has the brand, platform and price to own the market
Sony Corporation

Not so long ago, Sony had a reputation which had particular relevance for journalists: they were a leaky ship, unable to keep anything under wraps until its big on-stage reveal. If something was happening at Sony, it wasn't unusual for the news to be broken on tech sites and fan blogs well before the PR machine had all its ducks in a row, ready to whip away the velvet curtain. (Industry, PS Vita, PS3, PS4)

pwnsause_returns  +   806d ago
actually, they gave us hints as to what was happening earlier in the year, especially during that PS4 reveal in January when they where talking about plans on brining the Vita to the living room.
s8anicslayer  +   806d ago | Funny
Get Ouya here!
ohiostatesman  +   806d ago
All this talk of PS Vita TV and yet no word if it will even be released in the west.
s8anicslayer  +   806d ago
That's because it will be beta tested in Japan. Remember PS4 is not coming out there until Febuary but will come out in the west in November. I expect this around springtime or maybe even summer if the demand is there and it becomes somewhat successful in Japan. The potential is there!
Game4life  +   806d ago
i may just import one because i want it now. I have bad vision so me being able to play my vita on the big screen would be great
badz149  +   805d ago

it's basically a Vita too minus the screen and control interfaces. it WILL come to the west as it's not a device with Japan exclusive feature like the PSP 1seg TV receiver:


or PS3's Torne:

The_Con-Sept  +   805d ago
Ouya is more of an android tv.... This ps vita tv is actually kind of sexy. I already own a vita.... But I can play vita games on my HDTV.... And at the same time I can move to another tv.... Without moving my PS4.......

ooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO00000 000000000 SHIZA!


I am a bit intrigued by this idea... And the 100 dollar price tag... And all of the vita games and PSP games you can play..... I think it actually stands a chance! A lot of indie games will have a better chance if they allow cross buy. So it looks like Sony is in a position unlike anything I have ever witnessed before since the SNES and mortal kombat......
darthv72  +   806d ago
sony didnt close the door. They are keeping it open by putting their foot in it with their own microconsole.

minimalism and digital downloads/streaming are the future and sony is proving that with every step they take.
Protagonist  +   806d ago
I do love minimalism, except when it comes to flatscreens ;)) thin is good though.
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badz149  +   805d ago
yeah...what is this talk about closing the door thing? I don't get it.

but 1 thing I agree is it's going to be A LOT tougher for competitors to compete in the microconsole area as Vita TV is truly a beast! same price with the crappy OUYA but with better and more full-fledged games!
USEYOURFIST  +   805d ago
@Ohio - It is coming west, house said Japan are getting it ahead of a global release
pwnsause_returns  +   806d ago
also, this means that Developers who developed games on the vita in the past might have to 1, patch their games so that they can be playable on a DS3/DS4 controller, and 2,make 2 control schemes, PS vita controls (back touch/front touchscreen) and DS3/4..
extermin8or  +   806d ago
ahhh but all ps4 games have to have vita control schemes, so all ps vita games ahving DS3/DS4 control schemes really is very simple. Can't take more than a few hours to map them surely.... it's really not much effort, especially as most touch controls are voluntary anyway...
DigitalAnalog  +   805d ago
I believed it was confirmed that Native Vita touch screen support will not be supported with VitaTV. So no Tearaway on the TV.
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Obamanationn  +   806d ago
DS4 should bring compatiblity back into touch pad games , dont understand reason for a DS3 pad
Blasphemy  +   806d ago
well its launching in japan this year, and they are not launching ps4 in japan until next year. i guess they dont want to release the ds4 until ps4 officially launches over there.
Dir_en_grey  +   806d ago
It's because the Vita TV will launch first way before PS4 in Japan.

On the official site it says it will support the DS4 in the future.
araman  +   806d ago
There will be DS4 support, bank on it. Easy to patch in as both controllers use bluetooth.
miyamoto  +   806d ago
L3 R3 buttons will fill in for touch functionalities
like in Dragon's Crown and Minecraft for PS3


ps vita tv isnt a over blown cable box
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falviousuk  +   806d ago
This is doing the same thing that the Apple TV is doing. Allowing streaming of content from one device to another to put that content on the big screen.

The problem with these devices are that they are proprietory, if they would work with each other and coexist, then we can have a truly connected experience.
Regis  +   806d ago
Hey Hey haven't seen you for days where were you?
tiffac008  +   806d ago
But the VTV is a stand alone device. How can it be proprietary?

I mean it can pay PS1/PSP/PSV games directly to the TV without the need of an external source.

So can you clarify? I apologize if I miss your point. Thanks
extermin8or  +   806d ago
it can even use vita cards and I know atm the list of supported games isn't great but I bet by the time it launches in the west (inevitable tbh) they'll have fixed that. I expect it about feburary.
falviousuk  +   806d ago
What i mean is, you cant stream itunes content such as video to it, and you cant connect a vita to an apple tv. They exist separately, as do googles box, and the myriad other boxes out there.

They all play some content, but none of them can play all the content from all the providers.

We need one box that can do it all rather than be tied to a single company.
tiffac008  +   806d ago

That make sense, sadly I doubt anyone would make an all around machine (like a PC) since they want customers to stay within their ecosystem without having to pay too much royalty from others.
ginsunuva  +   806d ago
Except that this thing has a whole vita inside it, so it runs local games too.
Belking  +   806d ago
TV TV TV....lol oh boy.
LordNikon  +   806d ago
Lol... you do know what a Vita TV is, right?
CGI-Quality  +   806d ago
No need to waste your time with a 1-bubble troll.

OT: I'm tempted to pick one of these up!
sincitysir1  +   806d ago
AHAHHAHAHAHHAHA down to one bubble?!? Aaaahhhahahaha. Little sad troll
Insomnia_84  +   806d ago
Seriously, draw a forest and get lost in it forever please.
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SpideySpeakz  +   806d ago
Misinformed as usual. Your mental capacity is on a slide down hill.
It's as expected from the Xboners.
Kantankoras  +   806d ago
Quite ironic
STANK08  +   806d ago
Sony you sly devils you. So basically you charging Vita owners an additional $100 for a glorified HDMI input.
ginsunuva  +   806d ago
No, they are targeting people without Vitas and with or without Ps4's.
STANK08  +   806d ago
@ ginsunva Fair point. But would a revamped Vita with a HDMI input render Vita TV useless? You know,Vita being a portable handheld console and all.

LOL @ disagrees. Truth hurts eh? Besides HDMI input, Name one beneficial thing that Vita TV does that Vita can't. (Playing Vita games with possible DS4 connectivity doesn't count) Vita TV is useless to vita owners.

I'll leave with Vita haas no games. Actually I lied. LOL

Disclaimer To get full remote play features (I'm talking to you PS4/Vita or Vita TV guys guys)
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SonyNGP  +   805d ago
Why would any Vita owner buy this as a glorified HDMI /////OUTPUT///// when it doesn't even play every Vita game?
Kantankoras  +   806d ago
Buy a PS4
Buy a Vita TV
Plug PS4 into Home Theatre
Plug Vita TV into Desktop monitor
Play PS4 from your 1080p monitor or from your 1080p HDTV whenever you feel.

Wow I'm not a gadget whore, at least not these days, and I think I'm going to buy this.

Is their multiplayer potential between this version of the Vita and the standard Vita?
extermin8or  +   806d ago
yes they've said adhoc will be available between this and the actual vita... also that plenty of games will be patched etc so they'll get supported too.
Gamer666  +   806d ago
I will not be getting this. I love my Vita more than my 3DS but, I just don't see a need for this.

Now the redesigned Vita? That is coming home day 1!
SEAN1617  +   806d ago
I will totally buy this just for that feature!
AbortMission  +   806d ago
I'm buying both a Vita TV and the redesigned Vita.

I love shiny game consoles!
TheFutureIsBlue  +   806d ago
I will defintely buy this instead of the Vita. It is cheaper, plus I usually don't game when I'm not home. Smart move Sony.
JunioRS101  +   806d ago
Earlier, I was thinking "Hmmm idk what you're doing Sony..."

But now, I realize how great of a response the PSVTV is to the Ouya, the Google thing, the Apple thing, and the other things I'm forgetting to mention.

(Yes, I'm that unfamiliar because I'm also that unexcited for microconsoles.)

But Sony is doing a good thing with this. If you're a casual looking to spend under $150, this is a much better answer than the Ouya and others that don't have compelling support at this point.

Vita-level games are perfect for the casual, home gamer.

Go get 'em, Sony.
MRMagoo123  +   805d ago
I am literally impressed with what sony has done its such a great idea , i dont wanna pay for a whole vita and this thing is really cheap so i can get one of these instead and play all the vita games pretty much, and use it with my ps4 as well. Very happy :)
himynameismike  +   806d ago
The fact that Sony didn't name the PSVita "PSP-2" would perhaps indicate that the Vita TV was conceived before the PSVita name was released. This could have been part of the plan for sometime perhaps?
MultiConsoleGamer  +   805d ago
Absolutely not and they'll be lucky if it succeeds.

And if Apple does as expected no one will be talking about this product in a week. It will be another iPod vs Walkman scenario.
kingPoS  +   805d ago
Has Sony just opened the door on the microconsoles? I think they just might have.
Remote Play
and if dual shock 4 support is confirmed...
Playstation Mobile
jspillen  +   805d ago
This device streams PS4 games to other rooms... that's freakin sick !!!
kenshiro100  +   805d ago
I really like what Sony's doing so far for gamers.
erikthegman  +   805d ago
They should release a black one to go with the PS4. White will clash with most tech colour schemes
Volkama  +   805d ago
I have no particular interest in playing Vita games on my TV, but I would be very interested in playing PS4 games in a second room of the house.

Does the Vita TV do remote play like that?

Edit: No need to answer, I see that it does. Now I wait and see how much $100 ends up being when this hits the UK :)
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Thomaticus  +   805d ago
If Sony has an endless amount of games from Vita, psp, and ps1, you might can put an end to micro consoles, but micro consoles still have one great advantage for retro gaming. Emulators. If they make those ps1 games and cost a bit cheaper, .99 to 3 dollars instead of 4.99, then you can put an end to micro consoles.....maybe
medman  +   805d ago
Sony is hitting all the right notes heading into the next generation. I'm picking up a ps4 at launch, with the camera. I'm also picking up a vita, and will be getting this juicy little vita tv morsel when it becomes available. All my gaming needs will be covered, at home, at a friends, on the go, on a boat, wherever and whenever I want. Can't wait.

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