$100 set-top box plays Vita and PSP games.
Along with the PS Vita redesign, Sony introduced the PS Vita TV, a set-top box that plays Vita software using either a Dual-Shock 3, Sixaxis, or BD Remote control.
" The PS Vita TV is compatible with many peripherals, including:
- PS Vita memory card
- Wireless controller (DUALSHOCK ® 3) (CECH-ZC2J)
-Wireless controller (SIXAXIS) (CECH-ZC1J)
-BD remote controller (CECH-ZRC1J) NOTE: other Bluetooth, headset, speaker, such as a keyboard ® compatibility is possible not guaranteed."
The PS Vita is HDMI only, and uses both Wi-Fi and an Ethernet jack for internet connectivity. The initial software compatibility includes several Japanese Vita apps such as Hulu, U NExt, TSUTAYA TV, and of course PlayStation video. The system runs Vita PSP and PS One games along the same lines as a PS Vita system. The system uses an on-screen cursor, which can be brought up by clicking L3 and R3 at the same time. Other touch screen functions, such game-specific functions, may be patched for alternate control or simply not supported.
The PS Vita TV has one other feature, Remote Play for the PS4. The PS Vita TV can be used to play PS4 content across a network as illustrated in the following video.
The PS Vita TV is due out in Japan on November 14th. The $100 version does not include a controller or memory card, while the $150 version includes a Dual-Shock 3 and 8GB Vita memory card. Sony has not yet mentioned an international release.
Author: Brian Hoss