Sony Introduces PlayStation TV

written by: Richard Kastelein

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sonypicSony has just introduced PlayStation®TV (PS TV), an affordable entertainment system that will enable users to easily enjoy various game content and PlayStation 4 (PS4TM) remote play on their TV at home.  PS TV will come in "Black," and will be available in North America, Europe and the PAL region this Fall at a recommended retail price of just $ 99 or €99 for a standalone system.  

This product was released in Japan and other Asian regions as PlayStation®Vita TV (PS Vita TV) on November 14, 2013, and has proven to be popular with consumers looking for a convenient, easy-to-use gaming system.  Since its initial release, PS TV has continuously evolved through system software updates and content enhancements.  Adopting the same chip sets and system software as the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system, PS TV comes in an ultra slim size (6.5cm × 10.5cm), the smallest of all PlayStation® platforms that connect to a TV.  In response to the demands from users in North America, Europe and the PAL region, SCE will introduce the system under a new name and color, and will deliver entertainment experiences only possible on PS TV.

Main features of the PS TV system are as follows:

 

  • PlayStation®4 (PS4™) Remote Play
    As with PS Vita, PS TV supports PS4™ Remote Play and Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3 or DUALSHOCK®4).  This will allow PS4™ users in the living room to continue playing a game on a PS TV system in their bedroom.   PS4™ users can also enjoy most of the PS4™ games on PS TV with excellent operability as if they are playing it on their PS4™ system*1.
  • PlayStation®3 (PS3®) games through PlayStation™Now
    PS TV users will be able to access the PlayStation™Now open beta service that will be available by the end of this year in North America and at a later date in Europe and the PAL region.  PS TV users will be able to comfortably enjoy PS3® games via streaming, by using Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3 or DUALSHOCK®4).
  • Vast lineup of software titles available for download or via game cards
    PS TV offers a vast lineup of over 1,000 software titles*2 from select PS Vita games, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) games and PS One classics, including titles such as Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (Disney Interactive), Minecraft (Mojang/4J Studios), God of War®: Collection (SCE WWS), andKillzone™ Mercenary (SCE WWS).  Users will be able to enjoy all of these titles using the Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3 or DUALSHOCK®4).  Users can download games directly to the system through the PlayStation®Store, or insert a PS Vita game card directly into the device.
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Fun and Unique features of PS TV

  • PS TV users can play games with PS Vita users through a local wireless Ad Hoc mode.
  • Up to 2 DUALSHOCK®3 or DUALSHOCK®4 controllers can be connected to PS  TV, allowing users to enjoy multiplayer games from PS One classics titles.
  • PS TV will allow users to access movies and TV episodes available on PlayStation®Store*3.
  • PS TV users can access the same services they enjoy on their PS Vita system*4, such as PlayStation®Plus.
  • Videos or photos stored on the Memory Card or those videos being played on the "Browser" of the PS Vita system can easily be transferred to PS TV to be viewed on a large TV screen*5.  While being transferred, PS Vita can be used as a remote controller using the video player application.
SCE will continuously expand the world of entertainment through the PS TV platform by further enhancing its services and features.
  1. Games requiring PlayStation Camera cannot be played.
  2. As of June. Includes PS Vita games, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) games, PS One classics (PlayStation® games).  Since PS Vita is equipped with special features that cannot be supported on DUALSHOCK®3 or DUALSHOCK®4, such as touch screen, rear touch pad, motion sensors, camera, electronic compass and microphones, not all PS Vita games are playable on PS TV.  Supported titles differ by country and regions.
  3. Users will need a SEN account to download content from PlayStation®Store.   
  4. "near", "Map", "Welcome Park", and PS3 remote play features are not supported.
  5. The PS TV system and PS Vita system must be connected within the same network. Some movie files will not be transferrable or playable depending on the network environment, video data format.  Videos downloaded from PlayStation®Store cannot be transferred between devices.  PS TV and PS Vita need to have the latest system software installed.

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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