GameStop has announced a new deal where PS4 purchasers will receive a complimentary PlayStation TV mini-console along with a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus.
It might be safe to say to, at this point, that the PlayStation TV has been kind of a bust for Sony. Granted, some would probably argue the same thing about the PlayStation Vita, but at least that thing has its fans. The PS TV, perhaps thanks to its considerably limited functionality, has struggled to find an audience from the get-go and represented only a small fraction of the company's hardware sales in 2014.
Responding to its lack of consumer traction, several retailers last year dropped their prices on the mini-console from $100 to $80. Taking a substantial step further down discount road, it would now seem that some retailers have decided to just go ahead and give the PS TV away for (almost) free. In a recently released flyer, GameStop revealed a new deal offering prospective PS4 purchasers a free PS TV unit when they buy a new PlayStation 4 with a one year subscription to PlayStation Plus.
While we've yet to see any other retailers following suit, it honestly doesn't strike us as a bad idea. Just speaking personally, while I enjoy my PlayStation TV, it still feels very much like an add-on for my PS4. It lets me play games with my wife near her computer desk while still leaving my main console downstairs and that's about it. That sort of unnecessary convenience might not be enough of a selling point for some, but the prospect of getting it for free could serve as a decent incentive to buy a PS4. GameStop is essentially taking something that might otherwise just sit on a shelf and transforming it into a commodity.