Sony PlayStation TV Overview: Sony Vita TV Variant to USA & Europe

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Sony’s much-frenzied Vita TV is now heading to USA, Canada and Europe under a new identity, PlayStation TV. It has been one of the notable E3 2014 announcements by the Japanese tech giant. Sony has been selling its PS Vita TV streaming console in Japan since last year, and now it has gone for the top global markets too, that even for a cooler price of just $99.

What is PlayStation TV? It is simply a little box that acts as a conduit betwixt Sony servers and your flat HDMI TV. It can stream your PS4 titles, movies and TV shows to your second screen. Sony has also enabled the new PlayStation TV to stream PS3, PS Vita, PS1 and PS Classics titles through PlayStation Now. Overall, you are lucky with an all-one streaming device to link your TV with a lot of Sony and PlayStation content.

PlayStation TV Tech Specs: In terms of tech specs, PlayStation TV is quite similar to the PS Vita. Onboard it has a quad core CPU, 1GB of RAM and its video output goes at 720p or 1080i. For connectivity, the console offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI port, USB and Ethernet. PlayStation TV also supports DualShock 3 and PlayStation 4 controllers.

PlayStation TV Notable Features: Well, as said above, the key function of PlayStation TV is to merge various game console titles with your TV. Via Remote Play, you are able to easily stream content from a variety of consoles like PS4 to a second TV set. Yet another prevailing use of the device is its ability to stream content from Sony content sources like Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and karaoke. Thus, it will be a big rival to Netflix, Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.

PlayStation TV Release Date: Sony has surfaced the new PlayStation TV for two major markets – North America and Europe. The device will go on sales in these markets sometime this autumn. In UK, it is likely to hit around September/October 2014. Sony hasn’t unveiled the exact release date of PlayStation TV in any markets, however.

PlayStation TV Price: Standalone price of the gadget is $99. Compared to its rivaling products from other firms it is quite inexpensive. Sony also offers the product in a bundle of $135. It will contain a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, HDMI cable and Lego Movie game. It is a good deal for someone, who doesn’t have a DualShock 3 controller.

Sony PS Vita TV has been doing well in Japan. The device could help Sony compete with similar products like Ouya, Nvidia Shield and even Google’s new Chromecast. When compared to those devices, Sony PlayStation TV is a bit different, though. But it could hopefully win the heart of many consumers in USA, Canada and UK. Most people would love to see the device to stream variety of content to a second TV with more clarity.


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