Six Ways That Vita TV Is More Important Than the PS4

GeekParty's Josh Engen writes: "Essentially, Vita TV is a simple set-top box, very much like an Apple TV, but when you start to think about it in the context of Sony’s entire product line, it becomes much more interesting. In fact, in a lot of ways, Vita TV has the potential to be a bigger part of Sony’s arsenal than the PlayStation 4."

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iamnsuperman1502d ago

I kind of agree. I see this device being more important to Sony as a company because it directly competes with Apple and Google. It is also a cheap platform to get people sticking with the Playstation brand. It is like a virus. You can pick this up cheaply (if you don't want a next generation system just yet as it is very expensive for a lot of people). Once they have this they could either (or both) get a Vita (when the consumer's library builds up. Not such a big ask to go portable if you have a number of games for it) and/or they will get a PS4 (again later on) as it can connect with a cheap device they already have (a big thing that has worked for Apple and Google: Connecting devices)

TongkatAli1502d ago

It's their cheapest device ever, good job Sony, market the f out of it.

ohiostatesman1502d ago

It's just not needed in my opinion. The device is too expensive. 150-200. Plus another 100 for the memory card. No 1080P support, no extensive apps, not all vita games will work.

Stsonic1502d ago

1080p for video and upscaled games or no?

tiffac0081502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

The memory card may not be needed if it works with an external storage. It does have USB at the back.

The memory card may only be for the Vita games that requires to save on it and/or for the owners of the Vita handheld to transfer their save games between the two devices.

The fact sheets only states 720p, 1080i and 480p. Not sure if its upscaled.

We'll just have to wait for more clarifications.

ohiostatesman1502d ago

Why couldn't sony put hdmi on the new vita. Problem solved rather than creating a new unneeded device.

KShinigami1502d ago

I really don't understand who they will be able to market this too. They'll have to market it towards casual gamers who want a gaming console, without casual games. Would have made a bit more sense to make it a add-on accessory.

UltimateMaster1502d ago

I think I'm going to hack it, but only to remote play my PS3.
Unless Sony decides to release a firmware update that allows complete PS3 Remote-Play to happen.

Some people can play Tomb Raider and Battlefield 3, so yeah. Remote play both the PS3 and PS4 is better than just 1 console.

aceitman1502d ago

@ohiostatesman all I see in your comments is that ur trolling sony articles and praising ms . u sir are trolling u will not have many bubbles left if u keep it up .

Cupid_Viper_31502d ago


Well Marketing it shouldn't be that hard. If the device is selling for $100.00, then it's safe to assume that it cost a lot let to manufacture which means that it's failure doesn't break the bank for Sony.

Now if you think about it some more, it's clear as day why Sony priced the PS4 at $400.00. Because now you see why the price advantage is like a Tripple Threat for Sony.

The XBox One=$500, The PS4=$400 Advantage Sony.

The XBox One=$500, PS4+Vita TV=$500 Advantage PS4

XBox One One=$500, PS4+2DualShocks+Camera=$500 Advantage PS4.

So it doesn't matter how you slice it really, the PS4 and it's peripherals comes out on top.

So now Sony can say that hey, for $500.00 you get a PS4 and a Vita TV, which let's you stream your PS4 onto any other TV you want to. Get access to 1300 games and counting. Take it to your friends house, it fits in your pocket. Take it to the grand parent's on for Xmas.

Yeah, they shouldn't have a problem marketing this.

3-4-51502d ago

Having millions of people have faith in Sony again definitely helps the Vita's long term appeal.

People recognize a good things and appealing products almost always sell themselves.

Dev's having confidence in the PS4, will transfer over to the Vita and we should start seeing some amazing games in the next 1-3 years.

tiffac0081502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )


That would increase the cost of the Vita and having an HDMI out on the new Vita would alienate the early adopters. That would be a slap on the face for the fans who supported the Vita. This is more like middle ground without coming off as an insult to the fanbase.

This device is more in line with Apple TV, Ouya and whatever Google has. That kind of market.


Don't you need the games themselves to have the Remote Play functionality for it to work?

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Grave1502d ago

To me this product is genius. I agree with you that it helps Sony compete in other markets and it makes the PS4 even cooler.

pwnsause_returns1502d ago

dude....its all about Gaikai with this thing. Gaikai is going to play a vital role if it works as advertised.

n4rc1502d ago

am i missing something or is this just a vita that connects to your TV?

is there really a big market for that?

badz1491502d ago

Vita TV will NEVER be more important than the PS4, PERIOD!

so many devices are already able to do Netflix and copying contents on the Vita just to play it on TV are not really worth it when you can just play it off any USB drive plugged-in directly to the TV or any other devices out there with USB port.

Many Vita games are not compatible (yet) because of the lack of control interfaces and it's really not worth it just to play PS1/PSP games on TV as those games are games you don't just pop in into tv anymore as they are old games! right?

the biggest draw for Vita TV (for me, at least) is the portable PS4! having the convenience of 'bringing' your PS4 in your pocket and play it anywhere with TV and Wifi is an unparalleled feature not offered by any other devices out there! but you NEED to have the PS4 first, so no matter how you see it, the PS4 is the KEY here! so NO, the PS4 is still more important.

back to the Vita TV; the Vita is clearly not for everyone as many are not into handhelds. but the idea of playing those handheld games on TV? and function as the portable PS4 too? and at only $99?? my can you NOT see the value in this?

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FanOfRootBeer1502d ago

Vita TV, innocuous as it may appear, is a direct and mobile answer from Sony to Microsoft's push in multimedia, and one that will explode when Gaikai comes into the 2014 picture. The portability will make any streaming opportunities incredibly valuable for the little box, which is to say nothing of the low entry point for a handheld console. (Though, I'd still rather spring for a Vita.)

PositiveEmotions1502d ago

I think their both important imo

MizTv1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

No.....just no
And don't get me wrong I love my vita
But please ps4 is going to be the shit

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