psvitatv 1 PSVita TV provides Vita gaming on TV, PS4 remote play, challenge to Apple

One of the last announcements at the Sony Japan press conference was news of the upcoming release of the PS Vita TV hardware. Slated for a November 14th debut in Japan, this looks like a fairly direct shot across the bow at Apple – Sony’s attempt to focus on TV, media, console, and portable gaming interconnectivity via a single hardware point of interface. Of particular gaming interest here was the confirmation that this will allow for playing Vita games and the PSN library on a TV via the PS Vita TV – something a lot of gamers have been clamoring for for quite a while. The launch price is at around $100 USD, and was likely the biggest surprise of the show – and between that and the title lineup, is probably going to help move a lot more PS Vitas in the near future.

While a good share of the press conference news was a little on the old side – the games look great, though most of them were either revealed before or are likely to be Japan-exclusive – the PS Vita TV news is probably going to cause a bit of a hardware shakeup. Can Sony really compete against the Apple TV? That remains to be seen, but whatever the case, between the ability to play Vita games on a TV, and the ability to remote-play PS4 games through this hardware, the reactions to the PS Vita TV will definitely be worth watching.