Sony just unveiled a brand new PS Vita handheld gaming console, but the console wasn't the only Vita getting a debut showing this past weekend. Sony also announced a brand new set-top box under the Vita brand. Dubbed Vita TV, the set-top box measures 6.4 cm x 10.5 cm and is basically a PS Vita in a smaller package. It supports 480p, 720p and 1080i outputs and comes with USB, Ethernet, and HDMI ports as well as slots for Vita games and proprietary memory cards.
The device connects to the user's TV and is capable of playing Vita games as well as PSP and PSone games using Sony's DualShock 3 controllers (it doesn't support DualShock 4). In addition to gaming, users can also access various online services including Sony's own Music and Video Unlimited services, Hulu, Twitter, and more. What's more, a planned update will bring support for streaming of PS4 games (though, obviously, you'll need a PS4 for that).
The Vita TV is priced at $100 and is scheduled for launch in Japan in November. Sony hasn't mentioned any details regarding international availability, but we can't imagine Sony will pass up the opportunity to compete with the likes of the Ouya and Shield. No doubt we'll hear a lot more about this device if Sony does decide to bring it to the U.S. market.
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