Sony has surprised visitors at the Tokyo Games Show with the announcement of an entirely new piece of hardware. Called the PS Vita TV, it’s a miniature console that plugs directly into a television set. Once connected, the Vita TV can play Vita and PSP games, supports the DualShock 3 controller, and can access streaming video and TV shows.
In fact, it will play Vita games just by popping them into the microconsole. Plus, it can be paired with a PlayStation 4 and another TV inside the same home to create a network where multiple players could play together, but without needing split screen.
The tiny console is only four inches long and two inches high.
The Vita TV is scheduled to be released in Japan in November for 9,480 yen. No release date or pricing for the United State or Europe has been given, but if Sony sticks with equivalent pricing, it would be about $95 in the US or 65 British pounds. In fact, Sony has not said if the Vita TV would be releasing outside Japan, but given the interest in this little, inexpensive device, it would be odd to not see it deployed offshore.
Games that will work with the Vita TV microconsole include Rayman Origins, God Eater 2, Ragnarok Odyssey, Earth Defense Force 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Persona 4, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD. Eventually Sony says the new console will have well over 1,000 games pulled from both the Vita and the PSP, as well as the original PlayStation.