During a press conference this morning in Japan, Sony announced a new micro-console called the PlayStation Vita TV. The 6.5cm by 10.5cm micro-console utilizes the PS Vita chipset and its system software, and supports the Dualshock 3 controller. The device allows 1,300 PS Vita, PSP, and classic PlayStation One games to be played on a television screen. The PS Vita TV will also support movies services, eBooks, and the PlayStation Plus service. Some PS4 games will be playable via Remote Play as well.
While Sony did not say when the device will launch in other parts of the world, it did say that PS Vita TV would be available in Japan on November 14 for 9,480 yen ($95) (not including tax). The PS Vita TV will also be available for 14,980 yen ($151) bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card. PS Vita TV users will be able to play games with other PS Vita users via Ad Hoc mode, while the PS Vita can also be used as a remote controller for video playback.
While the system will support a lot of games out of the gate, it will not support games that don't support the Dualshock 3 controller. Some of the games that will be playable on PS Vita TV include Lumines, Rayman Origins, Gundam Breaker, Soul Sacrifice Delta, God Eater 2, Spelunker collection, Earth Defense Force 3 Portable Ratchet & Clank: QForce Squadron Galaxy, Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Ragnarok Odyssey Ace, Ultimate Marvel VS. Capcom 3, XBlaze Code: Embryo, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, and many more.
Sony also announced a redesigned PS Vita model. Launching on October 10 in Japan priced at 18,980 yen ($190), the Wi-Fi handheld is 20 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than the original Vita.
Check out the video to your left to get a closer look at the PS Vita TV.