Sony has recently announced their latest project: The PlayStation Vita TV, a console likely to be in great competition with the Apple TV. The PlayStation Vita TV is a 6x10 cm set-top box that – similar to the Apple TV – will connect to your TV and will allow you to watch movies, TV shows, and Japan-specified video services such as Hulu, Tsutaya, TV, Nico Nico Douga, and Sony’s Video Unlimited. In addition, the PS Vita TV will also allow you to access Vita-style apps such as LiveTweet Twitter client and Reader ebook software, as well as a variety of entertainment devices including Vita PSP, PS1 games, and PS4 multi-purpose, which Apple TV does not provide. However, Apple TV has AirPlay, which is less versatile than the PS Vita TV, requires an iTunes store account for Home Sharing, and you may not access other applications.
The PS Vita TV will be priced at $95 (similar to Apple TV’s price of $99) but offers more powerful gaming programs. You will also have the option of purchasing a separate package that includes a DualShack 3 controller with an 8GB memory card for about $143. Apple plans to compete against Sony by developing significant software enhancements for it’s set-top box, but it won’t involve gaming. So far, it is rumored that because of this new product, Sony may become Apple’s most notable competitor.
There are no set release dates for the PS Vita TV, but it is rumored to be released in Japan last, on November 14 – so stay tuned for this fun, easy to use, versatile, entertainment device!
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