Sony's PS Vita TV is the last piece of hardware they need to bring their planned domination of the living room full circle. The small white box looks almost like an iPod or a simple portable external hard drive. However, it's much more than that, as the little box is packed full of features. Not only does it play PS Vita, PSOne and PSP titles on a television and allow gamers to play their PS4 on multiple TVs, but it has all sorts of TV, movie and other multimedia features.
Best yet, Sony Japan announced the price would run at a what would be converted to $90-$100. Or, if there's no DualShock 3 sitting around the house, there's a $150 bundle that packages the controller with the PS Vita TV. It's surprising to see Sony announce a new PS Vita model and then undercut the price with a device made for TVs later in the show. Worth!
Considering most gamers will probably have a PlayStation 4 or another modern console in addition to potentially picking up a PS Vita TV, some of its media functionality will probably prove redundant. The choice I'm personally faced with is perhaps picking up the PS Vita TV instead of a PS Vita, or whether I might want both. It's not like I need another Netflix/Hulu device gathering dust.
Ah, but of course we must note that the PS Vita TV is currently unannounced for western markets until Sony says otherwise. Expect more news at the Tokyo Game Show which starts September 19, or in just under two weeks.
Announcement trailer - YouTube