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Sony Impressed By "Strong" Western Response To Vita TV

Sony may have underestimated Western interest in the newly announced PlayStation TV.

Executive Masayasu Ito spoke about the subject during a Tokyo Game Show roundtable discussion (as attended by Eurogamer), and he said the device has garnered plenty of strong interest in Western markets; "more than we expected."

He added that they're considering releasing Vita TV in the US and Europe, but they haven't confirmed anything just yet:

"But when it comes to the timing, we'll have to watch the environment and identify what other services are available in the US and Europe and whether we'll have to add other services."

Andrew House added that Sony is "very encouraged" by the Western response to the device, and he explained the reason for the Japan debut. He said there's basically no major competitor for streaming boxes in the region, as compared to the other major regions where such devices are readily available. He added, "In my own view, Japan is a little behind the adoption curve in video streaming services."

"So we thought we could have an opportunity in Japan to really establish a leadership position by having an addition differentiated killer app--which is having our huge library of streaming games content."

Vita TV will let gamers play PSP, PS1 and Vita games on their TVs with Dual Shock controllers, and it also works with the PS4's Remote Play feature. It will launch in Japan on November 14 for 9,480 yen (about $95). Is this something you want?

Tags: vita tv, playstation vita tv, vita tv us date, sony

9/20/2013 11:24:54 AM Ben Dutka

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Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 11:35:18 AM

So tone deaf these people, next thing you know they will be surprised that we like different colors.

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Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 11:42:54 AM

I have to admit it sounds really appealing to me, I just don'lt play games on the go,I have a PSP to play some of the exclusives, but I will still play it casually at home rather than when I'm out and about.

So a device which will allow me to play such games on my HDTV is all good with me, if it is backwards compatible with PSP games and PS1 games, I'm sold - I would love to play Final Fantasy Dissidia upscaled to full screen.

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Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 12:19:52 PM

Glad to hear this! I'd definitely pick one of these up, if available!

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Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 12:26:43 PM

Now, what's the catalog of PS1 and PS2 games? If it has all the RPGs from PS1, PS2 and PSP then it's definitely worth it.

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Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 2:52:38 PM

I might be interested if I understood more of how it works. If I leave my PS4 in a Wifi rich environment and bring my vita to another wifi rich zone along with a DS4 and an HD TV, could I play PS4 games through it? Seems like a far stretch, but who knows.

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Friday, September 20, 2013 @ 11:24:30 PM

Day 1 purchase for me if the sell it here in the US. I been exited for this since it was first announced. I will be extremely disappointed if this does not release here.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 2:16:49 AM

well it looks like a pritty solid system and i'm sore lots of people wud want to revisit those ps1 classics and the psp or the ps vita games that they have played yet and it does tv and it's a small compact system so i think it sud do just fine do well i sud like to think.

i'm on skyrim atm just finished AC3 loved it

happy gaming =)

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 4:11:30 AM

not being able to hook up the vita to your TV has been one of the biggest complaints with the vita ever since it was announced!
they will release it here, theres far too much demand and services which would perfectly stem off it.
plus i really love the idea of streaming your ps4 games to the device, that way i dont have to constantly disconnect my ps4 and reconnect it every time im switching rooms.
$ony should start building this into their TVs.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 12:00:44 PM

Like that idea! New Bravia line with Vita TV built-in!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 @ 4:30:40 AM

The fact that this micro-console would let me stream PS4 content, all for a mere $100, has put it ahead of Wii U and Xbox One on my most-wanted list. I really it hope it gets a Western release.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 9:12:56 PM

rationalization at its finest.

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Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 10:34:22 AM

This is a great device for someone who does NOT own a Vita or PSP. Finally, the ability to play some of those games! I "own" some I picked up over PS+ - you can get the free apps for the Vita even if you don't own a Vita, to download once you get one. While some probably wouldn't work since there's no touch screen, some would.

Streaming from the PS4 to another full-size TV with a full-size controller - no-brainer. This is a cool feature by itself.

As an alternative to a device for streaming Netflix and other services to a second television, it's a touch spendy but looks competitive - it may not appeal to too many who aren't in the Playstation ecosystem already, but then again, I got sucked in by getting a PS3 as a relatively cheap high-end Blu-Ray player back when they cost at least as much as a PS3, and ended up using it more for games (and streaming).

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