Sony Unveils PlayStation Vita TV Game Entertainment Machine
posted on by Karen Ressler
Sony Entertainment Japan announced at its press conference on Monday that it will release a new "game entertainment machine" called the Playstation Vita TV this November 14 for 9,954 yen (about US$100) including tax. The new system will allow the user to play PlayStation Vita games on the television, download PlayStation Portable and PlayStation games, and access various video and web services. In addition, the system will be able to connect remotely to the upcoming PlayStation 4 system, allowing for wireless play.
The PlayStation Vita TV is a small (6.5 cm x 10.5 cm x 1.36 cm) box without sticks, buttons, or screens that comes with a wireless DualShock 3 controller. PlayStation Vita games can be placed directly into the system, and the system can connect to the television via its HDMI port and to the controller via its USB port. A standby mode is available to save energy.
In addition, Sony announced a new model of PlayStation Vita, currently titled the "PCH-2000 Series," which will ship on October 10 for 19,929 yen (about US$200) including tax. The new design features a more round shape for both the system and the buttons, and comes in six colors: black, white, lime green/white, pink/black, light blue/white, and khaki/black.
Compared to the previous PlayStation Vita design, the PCH-2000 Series is 20% thinner and 15% lighter. In addition, the battery life will last about an hour longer, for a total of four to six hours. System features include a 5-inch LCD screen, a 1GB internal memory card, and a type B micro-USB drive that will allow users to charge the system and back up data using a typical cellphone cord. All versions will have wi-fi capabilities.
Lastly, Sony announced that it will release a 64GB memory card for the PlayStation Vita on October 10 for 10,479 yen (about US$105). Sony accompanied this announcement by revealing a price decrease on all 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB memory cards.