We predicted a year ago that Sony’s upcoming PlayStation TV hardware would eventually make its way to North America, and Sony has confirmed just that during their E3 2014 conference today. The microconsole (think Apple TV) launched exclusively to Japan last year, and it looks like Sony was impressed with the results. The PlayStation TV will branch out to the rest of the world in tandem with other Sony online services.
The sleek-looking unit will only run customers $99, and will release for gamers in the US, Canada and Europe – in black – this Fall. Instead of a remote controller, users use a Dualshock 3 controller to work with the device.
The device will work in tandem with the PlayStation Now service to let gamers play select PS1, Vita, PSP and PS3 titles. It will also feature a number of video and music streaming applications – we presume this will include things like Netflix, Hulu Plus and NFL.
For users who already have a PlayStation 4, the Playstation TV will give them the option to remote play the PS4 on a second TV in the home. Those of you out there dreaming of playing PS4 across your home’s many televisions can breathe a sigh of relief. It may seem an odd setup for a gamers’ home, but the chance to play PS4 titles in bed while it sits connected in another room is a tempting proposition. Not to mention the ability to grant families access to TV and games without fuss, as Nintendo attempted with their Wii U.
Sony will also release a bundle for the PlayStation TV featuring the unit itself along with a Dualshock 3 controller, an 8GB memory card, an HDMI cable and a copy of The Lego Movie Video Game all for $139.
What do you think, Ranters? Is these a handy device? Do you like an affordable option which opens Sony’s catalogue of classic games, or would you rather focus on the future instead?
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