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Sony announces PS Vita TV microconsole

New device allows Vita, PS4 play on a television

Sony has announced PlayStation Vita TV, a new device which brings portable gaming and media experiences to TV screens.

Measuring 6.5cm by 10.5cm, Vita TV features the chip set and system software of the PS Vita. Using the microconsole and a DualShock controller, Vita TV owners will be able to play 1,300 PS Vita, PSP and older, classic PlayStation games on a television screen.

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Other Vita entertainment offerings such as movies, eBooks and PlayStation Plus will also be accessible on TV, and PS4 games will be playable via Remote Play.

Vita TV will launch in Japan on November 14 priced at 9,480 yen (£61 / $95), or 9,954 yen (£64 / $100 USD) with tax. Additionally, the device will be available for 14,980 yen (£96 / $151) bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card.

A global release will follow on an unspecified date.

Since DualShock 3 does not feature a touch screen, rear touch pad, camera, electronic compass or microphone, not all PS Vita games will be playable through Vita TV.

PS Vita TV users will be able to play games with PS Vita users via Ad Hoc mode, while the PS Vita itself can be used as a remote controller for video playback.

Sony said PS Vita TV will "continuously evolve" with future system software updates which will "further strengthen its features and services on PSN and PlayStationPlus, as well as further promoting the connectivity with the PS4 system."

Sony also used a press conference today to announce a redesigned Vita model. Launching on October 10 in Japan priced at 18,980 yen (£122 / $190), the Wi-Fi handheld is 20 per cent thinner (15mm) and 20 per cent lighter (219g) than the original Vita.

Additionally, the company revealed a Japanese PS4 release date of Saturday February 22, 2014.

Full PS Vita TV specs can be found below.

PlayStationVita TV (PS Vita TV) Product Outline
Color

  • White

Product code

  • VTE-1000 AB01

Release date

  • November 14, 2013

Recommended retail price

  • 9,954 yen (including tax)

External dimensions

  • Approx. 65.0 105.0 13.6 mm (length height thickness)

Mass

  • Approx. 110g

CPU

  • ARM Cortex-A9 core (4core)

GPU

  • IMG SGX543MP4+

Main slots and connectors

  • PlayStationVita card slot
  • Memory card slot
  • USB connector (USB 2.0 Type A)
  • HDMI output port (HDMI-CEC)
  • LAN port (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX)

Wireless communication

  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n=11) (Wi-Fi)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP,AVRCP,HSP,HID)

Internal memory card

  • 1GB

AV output

  • 720p, 1080i, 480p

Sound output

  • LPCM 2ch

Power

  • AC adaptor: DC 5V

Maximum rated power consumption

  • Approx. 2.8W

Included

  • PlayStationVita TV 1
  • HDMI cable 1
  • AC adaptor 1
  • Power cord 1
  • Printed materials 1

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