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Meet the PS Vita TV, a $100 Apple TV Clone That Plays Nice With Sony's Playstation

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    Meet the PS Vita TV, a $100 Apple TV clone that plays nice with Sony's PlayStation line | TechHive (click for full article)

    If Sony releases this TV box in USA (the article suggests they eventually will release it in USA) - what would that mean for their relationship with Google TV?

    by Ian Paul
    @ianpaul Sep 9, 2013 6:13 AM

    -- Sony may soon take on Apple TV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast in the U.S., but first the company is planning an initial run in Japan with a newly announced set-top box, the PlayStation Vita TV.


    Similar to other cheaply priced home entertainment devices, PS Vita TV offers Web browsing and video streaming content from mainstream services such as Hulu. Sony’s new device will also offer compatibility with more than 1,300 games for PS Vita, PSP, and PSOne classics.


    In the coming months, the PS Vita TV will also remote stream PlayStation 4 gameplay, so if your PS4 is wired up in the living room, you can stream a game to the PS Vita TV in the basement to play games downstairs.


    The bad news is it’s not clear when or if the PS Vita TV will go on sale in the U.S.


    On Monday, Sony said the PS Vita TV will launch in Japan on November 14 “prior to any other region.” That suggests the company hopes to bring the PS Vita TV to other parts of the world, but not just yet.


    For its Japanese launch, the set-top box will come in two bundles: a stand-alone box for around $100 (9,954 Yen), or a gaming bundle that adds a DualShock 3 controller and an 8GB Memory Card for about $150 (14,994).


    Given how popular the set-top box market is right now, it’s hard to believe Sony wouldn’t eventually launch the PS Vita TV in the U.S. Hulu is one of Sony’s launch partners in Japan, which bodes well for a potential Vita TV debut stateside.


    Beyond Hulu, an American version of the PS Vita TV would also need to offer entertainment apps such as YouTube, Netflix, MLB.TV, NBA League Pass, NHL GameCenter, and Amazon video on demand. Since most of those features are already on the PlayStation 3, it shouldn’t be a huge hurdle to bring the content to the PS Vita TV as well.


    The PS Vita TV measures 2.56-by-3.94 inches and is around half-an-inch thick. That’s a little slimmer than the Apple TV, and should take up just a little more room on an entertainment unit (lengthwise) than its iOS-based rival.


    The PS Vita TV uses the same basic hardware and software as the PS Vita handheld gaming machine. The set-top box comes loaded with a quad-core Cortex A9 processor, PlayStation Vita card slot, expandable Memory Card slot, HDMI Out, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and one USB 2.0 port. The PS Vita TV supports resolution output up to just 1080i—a restriction is probably a result of reusing the Vita innards for a set-top box. Hopefully, the Vita TV will get a 1080p resolution bump before a prospective introduction in the U.S.


    For now, however, Sony fans in North America can only watch in envy as the company’s home crowd gets to enjoy the PS Vita TV first.
     
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    I imagine Sony's new upcoming TV service will work with their new $100 PS Vita TV:

    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/...m-finalizing-tv-service-deal-report-says.html

    IMO if Microsoft was smart they would follow up on their Xbox TV set-top box that they have been privately testing - to compete with the Sony box.

    Google TV needs to have a positive reviewed Jellybean update out in time for the Christmas shopping season.
     
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    There was a thread about Microsoft seriously considering coming out with an Xbox TV set-top box here:


    http://www.googletvforum.org/forum/off-topic-discussion/6653-microsoft-s-xbox-tv-aspirations-put-collision-course-apple-google.html



    Although a more recent article mentioned that Microsoft was undecided about releasing an Xbox TV set-top box:


    Future Unclear for Microsoft's Xbox TV Set-Top Box



    IMO the new Sony PS Vita TV box will push Microsoft over-the-edge to go forward and release their Xbox TV set-top box. Perhaps early next year for a release date is my guess.
     
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    What exactly is the demand to play PS4 games on another TV around the house? Or even to play Vita games on a TV? This seems at best something people would use a small % of the time, or else they'd just move their PS4 to the other TV.
     
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    half a month left, right? didn't they say 3rd quarter? Nary a rumor since :( And I suppose there will be a delay as it goes from Google to the OEMs.

    Please Santa please bring us a Nexus TV :)
     
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    lol, I don't even trust the idea of LAN streaming a video game until I see it work. I have much less faith in cloud streaming. Albeit this sort of thing should be fine for games which are more about exploration than action.

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see what this means for Sony's relationship with Google. Maybe nothing major, but I wouldn't expect Sony to introduce a console based on Android.
     
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    Seems like a very interesting device.
     

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