As well as an all-new PS Vita handheld redesign, Sony have revealed a brand new piece of Vita-specific hardware, designed to sit under your TV rather than in your back pocket. The PS Vita TV box will let you play PS Vita games on your TV, as well as opening up TV streaming services to your flatscreen too.
A small white box measuring 6cm x 10cm, it’s the smallest addition to the PlayStation hardware family ever (PlayStation memory cards notwithstanding).
PS Vita TV will let you control PS Vita games on your telly with a DualShock 3 controller – likely prefferably for many who feel the PS Vita handheld’s controls are a little cramped. No word on how the touchscreen features of games will work though.
The PS Vita TV also has a memory card slot for downloading PS Vita games, and will have access to all the same video streaming services that the Vita currently offers. PSone Classics and PSP games will also be supported by the new box.
Perhaps most interestingly however is the PS Vita TV’s abilities to act as a link to the forthcoming PlayStation 4 console. Using Remote Play functionality and DualShock 4 console, you’ll be able to use the PS Vita TV to wirelessly stream PS4 games to another room – perfect for when your other half wants to watch the living room TV and your game or Killzone is relegated to the bedroom set. There’d be no need to move the whole console around if you had the PS Vita TV set up in the other room. Using the same system, the PS4 could play Vita games beamed from the PS Vita TV.
Hitting Japanese stores on November 14th for 9,480 YEN (around £60) with an 8GB Vita memory card and DualShock 3 controller, there’s no western release date available yet, though it looks likely to hit our stores too ahead of the PS4 release.