Sony introduces PlayStation TV at E3
10 June 2014 | 0
Sony didn’t have a new superconsole to show off at E3 this year but it did the next best thing: a gadget that will play low-end games, stream wirelessly from your PlayStation 4 to another TV and even watch movies.
Launched in Japan last November, the PlayStation TV (PS TV) is is a low-end console and media streaming device with largely the same capabilities as the PlayStation Vita handheld device.
As with PS Vita, PS TV supports PS4 Remote Play and Dualshock 3 or 4 wireless controllers. This will allow PS4 users in the living room to continue playing a game on a PS TV system. PS4 users can also enjoy most of the PS4 games streamed via PS TV as if they are playing it on their regular system.
PS TV users will be able to access the PlayStation Now open beta service that will be available in Europe some time in 2015.
A catalogue of over 1,000 PS Vita, PlayStation Portable and PS One titles are available for the device, including Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, Minecraft and Killzone Mercenary. Users can download games directly to the system through the PlayStation Store, or insert a PS Vita game card directly into the device.
PS TV users can play games with PS Vita users through a local wireless ad hoc mode and up to two Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controllers can be connected for multiplayer gameplay.
In terms of streaming media, PS TV will allow users to access movies and TV episodes available on PlayStation Store and the same services as the PS Vita. It’s also compatible with PlayStation Plus so gamers can save progress to their accounts.
Videos or photos stored on the bundled 8Gb memory card or those videos being played on the Web browser of the PS Vita system can easily be transferred to PS TV to be viewed on a large TV screen. The PS Vita can be used as a remote control for the PS TV using a video player app.
PS TV comes in black and will be available from this autumn, priced at €99.