PlayStation Vita TV Launches In Japan, Americans Feel Left Out

PlayStation Vita TV Launches In Japan, Americans Feel Left Out

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The PlayStation Vita TV hit Japanese markets today, and American gamers are still waiting for an announcement from Sony.

At midnight, Sony's PlayStation 4 will finally touch down in the U.S., but Japanese gamers will need to wait patiently until February 22nd. Today, however, Japan did receive a consolation prize: the PlayStation Vita TV.

The Vita TV, Sony's answer to set-top boxes like the Ouya, is about the size of an iPhone, and allows users to enjoy PlayStation Vita titles on a television. The little console will also work as an extender for the PlayStation 4, but that functionality obviously doesn't do much for Japanese gamers at the moment.

The system was unveiled during the Tokyo Game Show in September, but Sony has been toying with the idea for several years. This week, in an interview with Famitsu magazine, software designer Toru Yamamoto discussed his role in the Vita TV's conceptualization. "We knew from before its release in 2011 that PS Vita was a platform capable of all kinds of things," Yamamoto said. "So I proposed the idea that, instead of restricting the PS Vita system software to a single portable console, we could spread it out in other forms as well. That's where the idea of making a PS Vita you connected to a TV came from."

So far, Sony hasn't revealed any plans to bring the Vita TV to the U.S., but that isn't entirely surprising. After all, the PlayStation 4 is the company's primary focus.

Several over-priced units have already popped up on eBay, so it probably won't be long before the console shows up in the States. However, it's safe to assume that there will be a slew of compatibility issues, so importing a Vita TV may not be the best use of your money.

Source: Famitsu via Polygon

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Well, all I can say is "Let's see what happens".

I'm an American and I feel left out...

No, wait, I don't.

Maybe I just have an unnatural desire to not play handheld games on a full-sized television.

MinionJoe:
I'm an American and I feel left out...

No, wait, I don't.

Maybe I just have an unnatural desire to not play handheld games on a full-sized television.

You do it for the games you want to play that are only on the Vita.

There were quite a few games I wanted to play on the PSP but I didn't want to play them on a small screen so I never got to play them.

Well I know I want one of these things, mainly because I 1) don't have a Vita, 2) do let's play and this would help so I don't have to spend $300 to get it modified with a capture device, and 3) I like playing my handhelds on a TV when I can.

So come on Sony, give a release date and price for us here on the US please. ^.^

I really am looking forward to my Persona Vita TV: The Golden.

C'mon westward!

Come on Sony bring this little box to Europe already.

I live in Europe (a.k.a. the continent Sony constantly undervalue in favour of the USA). If there really are any Americans crying out that this is terribly unfair then I have no pity for them whatsoever.

Not that this hardware is so exciting that I could see anyone losing sleep over not having it; what's the point in a new bit of kit for your _portable_ device that you can only use when you're at home?

erbkaiser:
Come on Sony bring this little box to Europe already.

Exactly, it's not just Americans that feel left out.

Battenberg:
Not that this hardware is so exciting that I could see anyone losing sleep over not having it; what's the point in a new bit of kit for your _portable_ device that you can only use when you're at home?

Well, I cant speak for others but this is how i see it:

1. Investing in a smartphone is a better investment than a PSVita, even if you can play PSclassics/PSP+vita games or if you'd like a cheaper but more appealing portable gaming device then getting the Nintendo 3DS/2DS is a better choice.

2. Never owned a PSP or would spend 200 unless its for a Nintendo console and there is a big backlog of video games that were exclusive to the PSP/Vita that i finally get to enjoy.

3. Unless SONY changes theyre mind about it, it will be compatible with the PS4 and potentially you could own 2 PS4 consoles with the device hooked into another TV.

4. $100 cheaper than the PSVita... hopefully

News story thinks US and Japan are only places in the world. Rest of the world feels left out.

Wasn't there like a 3rd party way to play psp games on the tv or something?

Marik2:
Wasn't there like a 3rd party way to play psp games on the tv or something?

PSPs have a audio/video out cable. PSVita does not (there is an expansion port on the top that presumably was intended for it, but it was never used and the remodelled versions have dropped it).

The Vita TV is not an addon for the Vita -- it is a Vita, minus the touch controls and intended to play on a TV.

Honestly, I'm still holding out for the Vita 2 NA/EU release. I'm hanging off the edge of my freaking seat here!

 

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