A narrative piece, which explores the question, "Who was the PlayStation TV intended for?".
I will never get why Netflix and Hulu Plus are Important basic apps. (also I really dont like Netflix, I´d prefere HBO) For me PlayStation TV is Intended for the gamers and for casuals who want a cheap console, cause that is what it is, a cheap console which can play PSP, PS Vita stream PS2, PS3, and PS4 if you choose to.
They're important because millions of people use a streaming box solely for them (and primeTV) - Spotify would be a bonus too. Only reason I'd pick PSTV up is for remote play and vita games on TV, for normal media box funtionality it's outperformed by pretty much everything on the market. Until it gets netflix/Hulu/prime/Plex it's not ticking many boxes. People complain about the ps4's lack of dlna - a good streaming box has always outperformed the PS consoles for stuff like that. It makes sense for a lot of people to have stb's as a side to their main consoles. The PSTV could've fit that niche but they didn't really come through on the promise yet. :/
Sure it is important to millions of people and they probably also have the so-called important apps on dusin other devices. If one wants a normal media box, that is all great and dandy but it ain´t a console, just like a mobile ain´t console even though they both play games. And dont worry, it´s going to tick boxes, also netflix/Hulu will eventually be available for the Playstation TV.
Those apps are one of the main reason I'm getting one - besides the fact I can stream from the PS4. But the deals might be tricky since this is a direct competition to GoogleTV and FireTV. Netflix and Amazon Prime must be on it eventually...or so I hope.
i've heard of it just have no interest what so ever for it.
Well that is the thing with everything, is it not? I mean I´ve head of the Xbox One, I just have no interest what so ever for it.
If he doesn't understand the concept, why even bother reviewing it? Seriously...
For hits mate, what else?
If you read the article (or even the description for that matter), you would know that I don't understand WHO this product is intended for. Sure, it's for people like me who want to play Vita games on their television, but that's an incredibly niche market and certainly won't garner a profit. Sony's a business, right? Why would they release a product that won't earn money? That's the question I attempt, but ultimately fail at, answering in this review. I failed because there is no answer, not because I don't "understand the concept". I get the concept. It's just poorly executed. A Vita for your TV that DOESN'T play Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, Gravity Rush, WipEout 2048, or Tearaway? A multimedia streaming device without Netflix and Hulu, the world's most popular subscription-based streaming services? Ouch. -Gabe
The PsTv could, should, and probably will do all of those things in the future, but I don't think that's Sony's goal at the moment. I think that they mostly wanted to offer a lower price point into their video game business. When I see PsTv I see myself as a kid getting my mom to rent games from blockbuster because we couldn't afford to buy $50 game as much as I'd like. Gamers and especially kids don't give a damn how they get to play that next cool game they look for the cheapest way. PsTv is less about media features for now and more about a complete games console for $139. Sony is combining three magic words "new, cheap, PlayStation" which combined with Ps Now offer a very low point of entry to some great games. The rest can be addressed in future updates.
@B-TENdotcom Well, since you don't understand why Sony made the product, or who it's for, I'd argue that you don't understand the concept. If you still believe that "there is no answer", then please read what 'alwayzbusi1' wrote.
I Travel a lot so this console is perfect for me. When i go up i can take this with me and play some games on a tv while I'm not at home. Plus it has some decent vita games i have never played and everyone loves classics. The console is not for everyone, if you don't travel and have a next gen console it's almost pointless but for me it's a great buy.
Yet you seem to love the Wii U failure... what was your point again?
A great way to play my PS4 games in 720p.
You should be accustomed to that resolution with your xbone.
@JohnDoe, The bitterness and complete idiocy in your comments are not just getting worse but they're getting pretty darn tiresome now. What the hell was the point of your comment? you are no better than the people you seem to despise and criticize. Your comment was absolutely senseless, uncalled for, irrelevant and added nothing to the discussion. All for the sake of moaning and pouting like a 12 year old school girl.
I just don't 'get it'. There is no reason compelling enough to make me want this. Seems like too much of a novelty gimmick item for my gaming needs. Although I'm sure there are those that would benefit from this alternative.
Its a PS vita for your tv. I dunno why people keep on acting like its a whole new console all together.
But that's just it. It's NOT a Vita for your TV because a PlayStation Vita can play ALL Vita games and also supports streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. The PlayStation TV, on the other hand, doesn't do those things.
You are aware that BOTH HAVE THE SAME FREAKING UI!!!! ITS A GOD DAMNED PS VITA FOR YOUR TV!!!! It will have the exact same apps as the portable counterpart. Dumbass
I picked it up. Don't care for netflix but as a JRPG player, I figured I'd get a vita. I don't like gaming on the go, mobile gaming hurts my neck. I also bring my PS4 to friends' houses and I wanted to try the remote play feature so that I could take this little device instead of lugging the PS4. As for the library, meh. Thought I'd get YS, but apparently the patch only came out for the JP version? This will be better once more games get on board, and Tales of Hearts R. The streaming, is okay. My house is maxed out on Ethernet ports, and this thing's wi-fi is a SIN. However, I did go wired at my friends' house and I played Spelunky no problem (my friend lives 10 minutes away). For the lols I tried to stream FFXIV, and it actually worked well enough for me to RAID on it. I walked away extremely happy. There's a very niche market for this, and the absence of netflix and such greatly diminishes it.
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