Device will play games, streaming video, and surf the web

Sony has announced a new game system in Japan called the PlayStation Vita TV. The device is a very small game console measuring 6.5 cm x 10.5 cm, making it the smallest PlayStation platform to connect to the TV. The device uses the same chipset and system software as the PS Vita portable game console.

The small game console is designed to allow users to view streaming content on the big-screen TV and play any PS Vita game. That means there will be over 1,300 software titles available for the PlayStation Vita TV when it launches on November 14. Supported Japanese-centered video services include Tsutaya TV, niconico, and Hulu. Digital content from PlayStation Plus membership services can also be enjoyed on the PlayStation Vita TV.
In other words, think of it as an Apple TV that can actually play games.

When the PlayStation Vita TV launches, it will be available in a console-only package (roughly $100), or a “Value Pack” which includes the console, a DualShock 3 controller, and an 8 GB memory card (roughly $145).

In addition to gaming and streaming video, the PlayStation Vita TV will also have a web browser, e-mail, and voice/chat text features. The device will also support PlayStation 4 remote play and DualShock 4 controllers via a system software update in the future.

Under the hood, the PlayStation Vita TV uses the same hardware as the PS Vita including an ARM cortex A9 quad-core processor and a SGX543MP4+ GPU. Sadly, it only sport 720p, 1080i, and 480p -- 1080p need not apply.
Although this release is geared for the Japanese market, a U.S. announcement should be coming shortly.

Source: Sony [PDF]

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