When the PlayStation TV arrives later this year, it will arrive with two different choices. As the set-top device looks to gain an audience with the gaming community as well as those looking for a video streaming device, both buying options leave room for those already set for gaming.
The PlayStation TV has more to offer than just streaming video. The device is set to offer gamers the ability to play older games from the PS Vita, PSP and PS One consoles with their PlayStation Now rental service. The PSP and PS One games will be downloaded to the device while the PlayStation TV has a dock for PS Vita game cards. The device comes with 1 GB of storage space and is upgradeable to 64 GB of storage space using a PS Vita memory card.
The PlayStation TV can also remotely play PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games. With the PlayStation Now service, users will be able to stream PlayStation 3 games over the internet and play through their television. Early reports have stated that the response time from server to device is rather quick with only a minimal amount of input delay from the controller.
Streaming games from the PlayStation 4 works differently than with PS3 games. A user will be able to set up the PlayStation TV in a different room than their PS4 and stream games from their own library. Sony compares this feature as having a second PS4. The only limitation is that the PS4 and the PlayStation TV has to be on the same wired or wireless internet network. Streaming PS4 games will not require a separate charge or a PlayStation Now subscription.
The PlayStation TV will arrive with choices for those that are adding the device to their PlayStation library or for those that are looking to purchase the device as sole console. The two bundles are priced at a $40 difference and offer only included accessories as the main difference. The device itself will stay the same no matter which choice is purchased.
The first choice includes only the PlayStation TV device for $99. The only included accessory is a HDMI cable. Sony is quick to note that the PlayStation TV will require either a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controller to navigate through the device menus. This bundle is meant for users that already have a PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 controller handy and do not need an extra one.
The second choice will include the PlayStation TV and a few more accessories. For $139, the bundle will come with one DualShock 3 controller, one 8GB PS Vita memory card, one HDMI cable, one USB cable and a digital voucher to download the PS Vita version of The LEGO Movie Videogame. This bundle is meant as a starter kit and will include everything one may need to use the PlayStation TV right out of the box.
Both the DualShock 3 and the DualShock 4 controllers can be used to play PS3 and PS4 games as they should be played. However, not all PS Vita games are playable through the PlayStation TV. PS Vita games that require the microphone, camera, or tilt sensor will not function properly when played on the PlayStation TV.
The PlayStation TV will also have the usual subscription based video streaming apps that other set-top television devices have. The device will also have a web browser and an email client for those wishing to use the internet on their television. The PlayStation Store will also be available for those that wish to rent or purchase movies and music from Sony.
When the PlayStation TV arrives, Sony will offer bundles for those looking to expand their PlayStation consoles or looking to use the device as their sole entertainment and gaming center. Pre-orders are available now through major outlets and will be released on November 30.
By Raul Hernandez