Sony recently announced the new Vita TV gaming device that connects to a TV via HDMI for Vita and PS one gaming at 480p, 720p, or 1080i resolution. It comes with 1GB built in memory for storage, a physical Vita game card slot, and supports up to two DualShock 3 controllers for 2-player PS one gaming.
Since the Vita TV is essential a Vita without the portability, it will also support the Remote Play features of PS4. What this means is that the PS4 can be played on the Vita TV even if the PS4 in a different room of the house. Much like using the Vita as an alternate screen to play PS4 games while another family member uses the TV, Vita TV and the DualShock 4 can do this on your second TV.
The most obvious comparison I can make with the Vita TV is with the OUYA Android gaming console. The Vita TV not only plays physical and digital Vita games, digital PS one games, and Remote Play PS4 content/games, but it also will have full access to the various apps available to Vita. This includes Netflix, YouTube, LiveTweet and whatever else is on the PlayStation Store for Vita.
One big question that remains unanswered is how exactly will we be able to play any Vita games that require touch input either through the front touch screen or the rear touch pad of the Vita? Additionally, how will we be able to play PS4 games that might make use of the touch input on a DualShock 4 and would work just fine on the Vita’s front touch?
These questions and more will have to wait until the device comes out in Japan on November 14th for ¥9,480 (US$100). There will also be an 8GB bundle including a white DualShock 3 controller for ¥14,280. No word when Vita TV will arrive in Europe or North America at this time.