At SCE's Japan Press Conference 2013 Sony unveiled a PS Vita TV device alongside a video of it in action below.
To quote from Sony Social Media Manager Sid Shuman: This afternoon in Tokyo (11:00pm tonight, Pacific Time), Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia is holding a press conference to make some announcements of interest to Japanese gamers.
The presentation is tailored specifically for the Japan and Asian regions, and the news here will not necessarily be relevant for North American gamers.
Nonetheless, we’re happy to host a livestream of the event here in case you wanted a glimpse into what’s next for PlayStation fans in the East.
The show is set to kick off at 11:00pm Pacific Time, and will feature a live English translation. Enjoy!
• Live streaming video by Ustream
• Sony PlayStation Vita TV official site
• Sony PlayStation Vita TV official Fact Sheet
• HQ Shots of Redesigned PS Vita
Update: The PlayStation Vita TV device will launch on November 14th, 2013 for $100 and the mini-console will bring PS4 remote play, video and PS Vita games to your TV.
The device (already sold out in Japan), which is similar in shape to the Apple TV is capable deliver video contents, plays PS Vita games and acts as a PS4 remote controller/receiver.
The best part is that it supports PS3 (and we expect PS4) controllers to be paired with it to play all those games (PS Vita's included).
It will hit shelves on November 14th for just $100 or bundled with a controller and memory card for $150. Below is a video of it in action: PlayStation Vita TV Global Concept Movie
Initial list of PS Vita TV compatible games:
• BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend.
• Dead or Alive 5 Plus
• Earth Defense Force 3 Portable
• Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster
• God Eater 2
• Guilty Gear XX Λ CORE PLUS R
• Gundam Breaker
• Ragnarok Odyssey Ace
• Ratchet & Clank: QForce Squadron Galaxy
• Rayman Origins
• Soul Sacrifice Delta
• Spelunker collection
• Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3
• XBlaze Code: Embryo
You can check out the full list (in Japanese) HERE.
Sony said today that PlayStation Vita TV will eventually offer a game library of 1,300 titles released for the PS Vita, PSP and the original PlayStation. Furthermore, the micro-console will also work as a Remote Play Hub for owners of PS4.
PS Vita TV will cost 9,480 yen (£61 / $95), or 9,954 yen (£64 / $100 USD) with tax. The device will also be available for 14,980 yen (£96 / $151) bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and an 8GB memory card.
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano is one of the masterminds behind the Japanese announcement of the PlayStation Vita TV, and he gave some more details about it as part of an interview on Dengeki Online.
Here are a few relevant points (via DualShockers.com):
• The original PS Vita supported Bluetooth but not the HID (Human Interface Device) profile. Since the PS Vita TV adds HID support, it will be possible to connect Bluetooth keyboards and other devices.
• The white color was chosen because the PS Vita is also targeted to people that never had contact with the PlayStation brand, and Sony wanted a “soft” image for the device. Since it will be placed near a TV they wanted it to “have a bit of presence, but still be easy to place”.
• The PS Vita TV is not designed to be specialized on PS Vita games. PSP and PS One titles, PlayStation Plus, Video services and PS4 Remote Play are also important to its strategy. The concept that will be used to promote the device is “Let’s play with the TV”, meaning the many things that can be done on a TV.
The support for HID compatible devices is especially relevant, because it might help remove the current limitation on the use of all PS Vita games.
While Kawano only mention keyboards specifically, the possibility to connect a Bluetooth mouse (also compatible with the HID profile) to the device could prove a perfect replacement for the portable’s touch screen. We’ll have to wait and see if this will happen, but I wouldn’t exclude the possibility.
Finally, Sony has also revealed the limited edition PS Vita 2000 (model PCH-2000) console at this year's press conference alongside Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD games.
Apart from the picture and videos below, few details (pricing, etc) have been revealed yet though.
At a press conference in Japan, Sony has just announced a brand new PlayStation Vita. The new model is 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the first-generation Vita, measuring 15 mm thick and weighing 219 grams.
It has 1GB of built-in storage, Micro USB charging, and an all-new LCD display - the previous model used OLED. Despite being thinner and lighter, Sony says the new model will last an extra hour on its built-in battery, bringing the total battery life up to six hours.
The new Vita will come in six colors: white, black, blue, yellow, pink, and olive green. Sony is also cutting the price of its proprietary memory cards in Japan (a move that we assume will be repeated internationally), as well as introducing a new 64GB card.
It's scheduled for release in Japan on October 10th, but there's no information on an international release date yet.
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