TGS is now underway, beginning sometime in the last 24-48 hours — I understand time zones outside of the US about as much as I do particle physics. And with it has come some very interesting news in the world of Sony and PlayStation.
PS Vita TV
PS Vita TV, announced just last night at Tokyo Game Show, is maybe the most interesting an exciting news since the actual reveal of the PlayStation 4 back in February. Vita TV basically the love child of a streaming device like an Apple TV or Roku and a stripped down Vita. It measures only 6cm by 8cm and looks about the size of a deck of playing cards. It has slots for both Vita games and Vita memory cards so that, along with a DualShock 3 controller, you’re able to play any Vita title on your nice big screen TV, like God intended! The DualShock 3 connects via Bluetooth of course, and while it wasn’t specifically mentioned, this would lead one to believe that eventually you’ll also be able to connect a DualShock 4 or maybe even a third party Bluetooth controller to the Vita TV.
The box will also stream video via third party apps. Hulu was the only confirmed all I was able to find but Netflix, HBO GO, Redbox Instant and the like seem likely additions for the device.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Vita TV though, is the it’s future ability (it will be added in a firmware update after launch) to stream PS4 games via Remote Play. Again, it is unclear if this will work similar to the Remote Play function PS4 has with Vita, making it a second screen device within your existing wifi network, or whether it will be able to stream to the Vita TV from long distances. Worst case this could become a satellite PS4, just like cordless home phones popularized before they died off, where you would simply purchase a base in the form of a $400 PS4, and then add extensions on for $100 or so per room, maybe $150 with a controller. Best case you could pack it in your suitcase for vacation and play your PS4 from anywhere you could connect to decent Wifi. Either way it’s an interesting idea to be sure.
The PS Vita TV will release in Japan on November 14th, 2013 for 9,480 yen ($95) or bundled with an 8GB Vita memory card and a DualShock 3 for 14,980 yen ($150). No word yet on a US or European release. More details are sure to come.
New Slim Vita
Also announced last night was a new model of the PS Vita. This new offering will be slimmer (20%) and lighter (15%) and house a less expensive LCD versus the OLED currently offered. It will also be launching in a total of six colors.
It also is coming packed with 1GB of internal storage, a first for the Vita. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Sony announced a 64GB Vita memory card.
Again no pricing or date for the States, but Japan will see the new Vita on October 10th for 18,980 ($190).
PS4 Launch Date for Japan
The US and Europe will be receiving their shiny new PlayStation 4s on November 15th, but what about Sony’s home town crowd, Japan? Well, sorry Japan, your 2013 will have just a little less PlayStation in it! Japan will be getting their hands on the PlayStation 4 on February 22, 2013 for 42,980 ($401). Sony sited the availability of Japanese focused games by the North American launch date as the reason for this, setting western games are simply further along in their development.
And there you have it, the biggest and most interesting news from Tokyo Game Show in Japan from Sony. Keep it right here on Free4Geeks.com for all the latest in all things PlayStation and let us know what you think in the comments below!