Posted Mon Sep 22, 2014 at 08:09 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Two options plus an exclusive third bundle.
PlayStation TV is coming, and October 14th is steadily approaching. According to Sony, the Roku/Apple TV/Amazon Fire TV set-top box competitor will debut with over 700 games available in the US and Canada "including established, popular franchises like Killzone: Mercenary, cult hits like Persona 4 Golden, and classics like Metal Gear Solid." There will even be 'Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom' available in November.
Here's a list of Vita titles that Sony expects to be popular on PlayStation TV:
Persona 4 Golden
God of War Collection
FINAL FANTASY X / X-2 HD Remaster
FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: WAR OF THE LIONS
Metal Gear Solid
Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
Even better, Sony has a concise list of PlayStation TV capabilities:
PS TV plays select content from PlayStation systems past and present, including:
PlayStation Vita – PS TV plays select titles from PS Vita, which can either be downloaded to the device or inserted directly into the system using a PS Vita card.
PlayStation Classics – Download classic games from PS One and PlayStation Portable [digital libraries], like Wipeout and Metal Gear Solid.
PlayStation 3 – Our game streaming service PS Now is coming to PS TV, which will let you play many PS3 games on the device over the Internet.
PlayStation 4 – If you’re a PS4 owner, use Remote Play to stream a remote play enabled PS4 game from your console to a PS TV over a wired internet connection. If the living room is tied up, just use Remote Play to send your PS4 game up to the bedroom and keep playing on PS TV.
For those that already have PlayStation Plus, say for use on the PS3 and PS4, a PlayStation TV is a great way to play all of those free Vita titles.
The PlayStation TV is being offered in two packages:
The barebones PlayStation TV checks in at $99.99 and is good for those that already have a spare DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 around, as well as either a spare or otherwise acquired Vita memory card. (PlayStation TV has a 1GB of built in space.)
The other package is the PlayStation TV DualShock 3 Bundle, which adds a DualShock 3, a 8GB PlayStation Vita memory card, and a copy of the Vita version of 'The Lego Movie Videogame.' This bundle would be the one to get for those new to the PlayStation ecosystem, though for the extra $40, others might consider opting for the controller, memory card and game bundle.
Sony has just announced a third package. Exclusive to Walmart, it's essentially the PlayStation TV DualShock 3 Bundle but also includes 'Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time' for the same $139.99.
Those unfamiliar with device should know that in addition to really needing a controller, a (expensive) Vita memory card, normal set top app subscriptions like Netflix, probably PlayStation Plus (for the games), and maybe even PlayStation Now (once it's somewhat finalized), the tiny device tops out at 1080i and 2CH LPCM. Even with those needs and limitations, the device offers unique capabilities unavailable in either consoles or other set-top boxes. Namely, the PS4 Remote Play, native Vita, PS one classic (download only) and PSP (download only), and PlayStation Now support, which when combined with normal set-top standards like Netflix make for an attractive device.
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