PlayStation Vita Will Not Have Video Output Confirmed

If you’ve been keeping up with PS Vita news, you have probably already heard that the device will no longer be restricted by regions. Although this is a big bonus, some slightly disappointing information has been released. Apparently, the PS Vita will not include support for any type of video out capability.

Unfortunately, this is not a rumor. Sony officially confirmed the information on their FAQ for PSVita, which can be checked out at their blog. Sony made a very clear response regarding the video-out features for the device.

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MinusTheBear2540d ago

It would be counter productive to have such a feature.

Godmars2902540d ago

Yeah, no real point if many of its titles are also playable on the PS3.

Yi-Long2540d ago

... so you could use it as a portable mediaplayer to hook up to a HDTV at a friend's house.

young juice2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

if the games are really meant to be played between the two systems then they could just use the revised remote play system on ps3.

however the main point of having a handheld is to play it on the go. im not sure how much a video output costs to implement but im sure it was a smart choice on the cost efficient psv price point.

darthv722540d ago

I was expecting it to be able to hook up to a tv if you wanted to play the games on a bigger screen. Yet you wouldnt be able to recreate the "touch" experience with a controller if the game was made for the touch in mind.

To be honest, I am betting there would be a revision that includes video out. There is an advantage to having such a feature. It makes the unit dual purpose and gives it more proposed value.

I have the psp go and I like being able to kick back on the couch and have it hooked up to a tv to play the games from time to time. Yeah it may not look as good but it adds to my enjoyment of the device. I can take it on the go and play killzone liberation or angry birds or plug it into the tv and play the same games.

No reason this unit couldnt be capable but it just may be a matter of cost. The processing power seem like it could do upscale to an hdtv in at least 720p. Sony has the ability to do what only one other company did before.

Sega had the nomad which was a portable genesis that you could plug into a tv and even have two player with a controller plugged in. Turboexpress was just a mini turbografx but I like that it used the same hucards as the console.

Sony could do the portable to console in one but currently they want to keep them separate. Maybe down the road they will release just one unit that does both. That or MS/Nintendo will and then they get all the glory for doing so.

Pixel_Enemy2540d ago

I am all for the PSVita, I plan to get one day one.. But I don't see why so many of you are defending the fact that it will not have video out. It is a feature that some people will use, you might not plan to use it but some people will.

As far as the argument goes about it being a portable and not a console.. Video out will NOT make the system any less portable.

LostDjinn2540d ago

Excellent. You guys seem to have it all worked out. Just one thing. Vita's wi-fi enabled. You can just stream content to a wi-fi enabled TV.

Sorry to drop an olive on the turd sandwich you were busy constructing.

Please, carry on.

bruddahmanmatt2540d ago

The reason there's no video out is because if there were, some folks would be tempted to just dump their PS3 and go with a Vita which they could plug in to their flat screen when they get home. Smart marketing move on Sony's part forcing buyers to spend for both pieces of hardware but this really does suck for those who were hoping to play PSV exclusives on their big screens.

darthv722540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

as easy as that is....

whats even easier is just plugging it in to a tv. Everybody's pretty much got one of those with at least a set of RCA jacks available.

sikbeta2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

It's for the cross-platform playing, that way you'll need a PS3 to hook up your PSV and play the games on [email protected] Screen, think about it, the PSV is a wonderful machine that can produce awesome graphics, if Sony add video-output connectivity, it'd be counterproductive for the whole cross-gaming thing...

Boody-Bandit2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

I agree. The Vita is probably going to be the first handheld I ever purchase for myself. Usually I get them for my kids or as gifts but when Sony debut it at E3 2011, I was blown away with what this handheld can do.

With that said, I am also disappointed it wont have video output. Most devices offer this technology including smart phones. Definitely a con but I am still getting one the day it's released in NA.

Monolith2540d ago

then how did they play Ruin on the tv

Godmars2902540d ago

Its going to be playable on the PS3 as well. Why is that coming off as such a hard concept when Sony has repeatedly mentioned this?

gaffyh2540d ago

They'll add it to a later version of the handheld when they get the costs down a little.

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malamdra2540d ago

good, this way games are exclusively handheld

VampiricDragon2540d ago

so far 10 percent of the games shown are exclusive

SilentNegotiator2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )


Quit trolling to raise up your precious Nintendo system as usual. LBP on Vita will be completely original like the one on PSP. Resistance and (possibly) Killzone will also be. Not to mention an entirely new Uncharted adventure. Among others and new IPs.

But I'm sure you just got confused by the same names and IPs. It's not like Mario Kart, Super Mario, and Luigi's Mansion or anything like that.

Series_IIa2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

It's counter productive to take your PS3 and accessories when you're on holiday or away for a few days taking up extra weight and space, when you can take your PS Vita in your pocket and hook it up to a nice TV to play or watch something, instead of limiting yourself to a tiny screen.

32+ inches > 5inch

MinusTheBear2540d ago

The screen is a top quality 5inch OLED.

StbI9902540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

Does the 3DS has video output? if not SHUT D F UP SCKRS.

Viva la vita.

mindedone2540d ago

No, but PSP does, so STFU

TBM2540d ago

It would be great if the system had the feature, but since it doesn't im not going to lose sleep over it, and start complaining like its the end of the world.

Maybe they'll reconsider if people write to them nicely to think about. No one hear knows the real reason why they decided not to put it in.

ElementX2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

"It would be counter productive"..... Rationalizing much?

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Fishy Fingers2540d ago

Pretty disappointing. Would of been nice to play not only games, but all forms of media on other, probably larger, displays.

fastNslowww2540d ago

it's a hand held..not a console. gsus!

Fishy Fingers2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

PSP had video out. It's a handheld media device, video out is a pretty basic feature these days and would of been welcomed, that all I'm saying. gsus!

Edit: LOL disagrees, quick defend the Sony product!

Blaze9292540d ago

cell phones even have video out. if you don't have a ps3 i don't see why you shouldn't be able to at least output videos, music, and pictures to any TV whenever you go. Who wants to carry around a laptop or tablet all the time? I agree with Fishy.

Pixel_Enemy2540d ago

giving it video out doesn't make it any less portable...

Nicolee2540d ago

oh well , if i want to watch video clips or movie on bigger screen ? i think i need video output, give me HDMI port :) .

Dread2540d ago

defend sony defend sony defend sony defend sony defend sony defend sony
sony can do no wrong sony can do no wrong sony can do no wrong.

hate on everything not sony related hate on anything not sony related...


prdn232540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

It's somehow touching, seeing N4G Sony Fanboys comforting each other. First the PSN, and now this. My sympathy for you guys.

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news4geeks2540d ago

clever from sony because it forces you to buy a ps3 to do so.

multipayer2540d ago

Yeah, this doesn't bode well for the 3d monitor sony announced at e3 either.

multipayer2540d ago

It is marketed as a Playstation monitor, and only the latest playstation device doesn't support it. I think it is a missed opportunity, considering it is 24" and that is the perfect size before sub hd resolutions start looking grainy. I was thinking about what it would be like to use the vita as a controller to play on it during the e3 conference.

Of course I wouldn't buy a $500 3D monitor for that, I just like video out and less strain on the neck...

thehitman2540d ago

Idk this sounds hard to believe unless the PSVita that everyone was using on E3 are special units for showcasing... because they obviously had output cables hooked up to them.

looza2540d ago

Only in preview for new games. All the hands on demo was recording someone hand playing it.

thehitman2540d ago

You dont need a cable to record someone's playing.

Pedobear Rocks2540d ago

Yes...they were special units.

Mr_Bun2540d ago

Why does it need a 'video out' when you can pick up exactly where you left off on the PS3...did no one see the Ruin video from E3?

Solidus187-SCMilk2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

well I doubt that all vita games will be on the PS3 as well.

If the PSP had a video output, this thing should too. But I think people who only have the vita would be less inclined to buy a ps3 if the vita could hook up to TV and have almost ps3 level visuals.

I hope that they have a way to play the vita on our TV if we have a PS3. I think the the vita visuals would still look really good on a TV, unlike the PSP.

edit- Well I might chose the PSvita over PS3 version sometime for portability, it would be nice to play it on the TV as well but...

I was more talking about playing vita games that ARE NOT on the PS3 on a TV with vita, the new uncharted game. The visuals are good enough on PS vita to still look great on a TV.

Mr_Bun2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

I think most PSV games will be compatible with the PS3. The ability to pick up a save from either system is one of the best features. Sony can't abandon that feature out of the gate.

...and why would you want "almost" ps3 level visuals if you own a PS3? Are you just concerned about saving money by purchasing the cheaper version?

Fishy Fingers2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

Because it plays more than games. Its a perfect media device to take with you when on the move or staying away from home, would of been nice to stream some movies or TV shows up on a HDTV.

Mr_Bun2540d ago

I'm not against a video out option (I've used it with my PSPGo after syncing one of my dualshocks) but it really makes the device less portable. I think it also confirms that you'll have to pay more if you want both versions of the games (the PSV version won't be free).

Drekken2540d ago

fishy, why couldnt you just plug it into your PS3 and stream the movie like its a USB stick plugged in?

Sure, for people without a PS3 it would be nice, but Sony is pushing PSV to go hand in hand with the PS3.

Fishy Fingers2540d ago

I dont get why your mentioning PS3.

The Vita is designed to be used on the go. When I work away, stay in hotels, I dont carry my PS3 with me. It would of been great to stream Netflix or whatever up onto the TV of the hotel I'm staying in.

The whole point (for me) of getting Vita is to have a mobile games/media player when I'm not at home (where you keep your PS3).

BlackKnight2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

Man Fishy, people are trying so hard to defend a stupid company rather than realize that a portable gaming system is missing a feature that cell phones have...

Ridiculous, it should be there for movies, pictures, AND games. Lame...

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danielle0072540d ago

What if - and this is a big if on N4G - someone doesn't have a PS3?

Mr_Bun2540d ago

Get a PS3 :)

I think Sony wants the PSV to compliment the PS3, not replace it.

BlackKnight2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )


No one wants to drag the PS3 around to play their games or movies on a TV. Bring your PSV to a hotel, friends house, visiting family, and you want to use the big screen? My damn year old Droid X has 720P out for movies....

Hope they reconsider this. The point of being portable is so you don't HAVE to haul around a console.

Thepcz2540d ago (Edited 2540d ago )

no 'do-it-yourself' competition to wiiu then

if you want to play your games on tv you will have to buy a ps3. crafty

this is where wiiu will excel.

PirateThom2540d ago

But... what?

If you want to play games on the go, you'll have to buy a 3DS...

What are you saying here?