PlayStation TV

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  • Hundreds of PlayStation games to choose from: Including many PlayStation Vita games such as Killzone: Mercenary, God of War Collection, and Borderlands 2, classic games from PS One and PSP systems, and more.
  • Remote Play: Stream most of your PS4 games from your PS4 system to your PlayStation TV over local Wi-Fi (robust Wi-Fi or wired connection recommended).
  • Easy to Set up and Play: Plug in and play on any HDMI compatible TV in your home.
  • PlayStationNow READY: Available later this year, PlayStation Now will give access to an expanding library of PS3 games to stream directly to PlayStation TV.
  • Access to Entertainment: Games, movies, TV shows, and apps on PlayStation Store.

A new, simple and fun way to enjoy a universe of PlayStation games and entertainment with the entire family. Whether as a second console for your bedroom or the primary gaming system in your living room, PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.

A DUALSHOCK 3 or 4 controller (sold separately) is required.
PlayStation Now Service may not be available in all areas.

$ 49.99

PlayStation TV

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  1. James Thomas Jeans says:
    604 of 659 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good, with the potential to be great [UPDATED: 10/15/14], October 14, 2014
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    James Thomas Jeans (Longview, TX USA) –

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    I think that I might genuinely love the PlayStation TV.

    That being the case, you might be wondering why I’ve given it a 3 star review. Well, there are reasons for that. Hang in there and I’ll get to them. But to begin with, maybe I should explain just what the PlayStation TV is, as there seems to be some confusion surrounding the purpose of the device.

    In a nutshell, the PlayStation TV is a stripped down version of the PlayStation Vita. It runs the same OS, it has the same interface, and it plays the same software (with some caveats. More on that later.)

    For a person like me, there are two major draws to this microscopic games console: it’s between $100 and $150 cheaper than the Vita (depending on the model you buy) and can be connected to a television via HDMI. This is very important to me because I’m not keen on handheld gaming in general, especially when the device in question relies heavily on a touch screen interface. I have trouble keeping touch screens clean, and the Vita itself never feels particularly comfortable in my big Rock Bitter hands.

    Because I’m not much of a mobile gamer, I never take the Vita out of the house and would greatly prefer to play my games on a TV. This console allows me to do that. The system is equipped with ports for both Vita memory cards and physical Vita game cards, so whether you prefer to buy Vita games digitally or physically, you’re all set to play. The system is also capable of playing PS1 Classics and PSP games, although in this regard it only supports digital content as the system lacks a UMD port or a CD drive.

    It’s worth noting that the unit comes pre-packaged with an HDMI cable, which is something that was woefully missing from previous gen console releases. It doesn’t come with a charger cable for the DualShock 3, but I got the version sans controller and game, so that’s not too surprising. I suspect the bundle will probably come with the cable.

    Unfortunately, the system continues to use Sony’s proprietary (and expensive) memory cards. The upshot of this is that if you’re a pre-existing Vita owner and you’ve already got a memory card full of content, you can pop it into the PlayStation TV and, after associating the console with your PSN account, continue to play that content immediately. The only downside is that when the PlayStation TV “rebuilds” the data base at first launch, any wallpapers you have set up or folders you have arranged on the Vita are gone. You’ll need to re-organize everything manually. On the plus side, once you’ve done this you never have to do it again. I moved the memory card back and forth between the Vita and the PlayStation TV several times, and both systems kept their intended wallpapers and folders.

    If you’ve ever used the Vita, then you’re already familiar with the basic interface and functionality of the PlayStation TV. Given the lack of touch screen, the DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 is utilized to navigate the system’s bubble-themed content screens. I was initially worried that Sony didn’t redesign the UI to be more controller friendly, but it’s surprisingly intuitive given that it was designed specifically with touch screen in mind.

    At this point, you may be wondering how the games look when blown up on an HD television. The Vita’s native resolution is 960 x 544, but the PlayStation TV upscales the image to 1280 x 720. This upscaling hardware was built into the original OLED Vita — presumably they had intended to release a kit that allowed you to connect the Vita to your TV, as had previously been done with the PSP — but it was stripped from the redesigned Vita when the decision was made to release a micro-console instead.

    [UPDATE: I’ve been fooling around with the system settings and I’ve discovered that it’s possible to play Vita, PSP and PS1 games at a resolution of 1080i. You have to manually select the resolution, and my TV display reports that the games do indeed output correctly while playing. The increase in quality is minimal to these eyes, but I thought it was worth mentioning all the same.]

    So how do the games look? It depends on what you’re playing. Vita games tend to look extremely nice. The first game I tested was Persona 4 Golden, and I was really impressed by how sharp and vivid the image quality was. I booted up the PS2 version of the game and looked at them side by side, and the Vita version looks significantly better on my 40″ HD TV than the PS2 version, which is crazy when you consider the size of the Vita’s screen. The PS2 is designed to output images at 640 x 480, so the Vita already natively outputs a better picture than the old non-HD consoles. There is some unappealing motion blur when wandering around the game world, but that’s present in the PS2 version as well.

    The next Vita games I tested were SteamWorld Dig and Muramasa Rebirth. The beautiful hand drawn art goes a long way in…

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  2. XZero says:
    82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A Decent Mini-Console with Future Potential, October 15, 2014
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    XZero

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    The Playstation TV is a case of caveat emptor–in other words, buyer beware. It’s a ‘know what you’re getting’ sort of thing. And your enjoyment of it is going to be directly impacted by whether you’re fully informed about what it is you’re buying.

    As other reviewers have noted, the unit itself is roughly the size of a deck of cards. The “standard” version comes with only an HDMI cable and the power cable. Physically, it feels well-built and has a sleek look to it. It’s practically invisible in my home setup and bears a very tiny footprint.

    At launch, this unit is really, truthfully only good for one thing: playing (most) Vita games on the TV. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube–none of them work, so its use as a streaming unit for a second television is nonexistent. This is a huge disappointment because I had fully intended on replacing the Wii in the bedroom with this thing, and now the Wii gets to stay until the PS TV is patched. Do not buy this expecting to replace your Amazon, Google, or other device with a PS TV for streaming purposes, at least not at this date. I’m sure these services will be patched eventually, but there is really no reason for them not to work at launch.

    A strange thing I noticed is that it did not seem to want to have a strong connection to my WiFi network despite being relatively close to the router. I have my router in my office, which is on the first floor of my house. The next room over, past a half-bath and a closet, is my living room, which is where my PS3, PS4, and Wii U reside. Those consoles, my iPhone, and my iPad all have a full WiFi signal in that room. Even on the second floor of my house, the connection is quite strong, and my iPad never has any problems streaming video from literally anywhere in the house. It has either a full connection or two out of three bars, even from the furthest point away from the WiFi router one can stand. So why the Playstation TV had only 1 bar of signal strength while literally sitting on top of my Wii U (which had 3/3) is a mystery. Even after turning WiFi off on my phone and iPad and making sure my other consoles were powered down, the signal strength did not improve. No idea what the problem is, but I wanted to point this out for other wireless users in case it is an issue they encounter.

    The PS4 to PS TV streaming is choppy. I experienced the same issues other reviewers have noted with attempting to play online games through the streaming functionality. The system worked a little better with games like Knack and Lego Marvel Superheroes, but given the advertising Sony has done with respect to this unit, a consumer can–and frankly should–expect more.

    I am the only PSN user in my household, so the multiple PSN accounts on one console issue did not apply to me and I did not experiment with it.

    Another issue I want to touch on is Playstation Now, Sony’s game streaming service. The beta is accessible through the PS TV. At this date, there are a number of titles available of varying quality. The titles cost anywhere from $2.99 to $6.99 (I believe; some may be more expensive). I did not download them, so I cannot comment on how well the service works. I merely wished to comment regarding the service itself. The essential concept is that of a digital Blockbuster or Redbox. You rent a game for a period of time, generally 90 days, and pay a few dollars for that. You can stream the game and play it in that fashion. Your trophies and save data appear to remain, but once your period expires, you are required to pay another few dollars for the game in the event you wish to continue to play it. Playstation Now is not a service I expect I’ll use under its current business model. I’d pay $8/month for unlimited streaming of games akin to Netflix and Hulu. Paying per game to stream games that you never own does not suit my personal style (and, in the interest of full disclosure, I almost never buy digital-only games because I’m one of those old-school gamers who generally won’t buy anything that doesn’t come in a box on a disc/cartridge/card).

    The reason I brought up Playstation Now so extensively is both because it is a feature of Playstation TV and because honestly, with all the console’s shortcomings, Sony should give some benefit to those who bought this unit early, such as a selection of free streaming games to sample Playstation Now. As it stands, Playstation Now is a service in which I am not interested, and that’s a shame because before experiencing it for myself, I was somewhat hyped for it conceptually. It’s more the business model that is a problem, but it is yet another shortcoming in the Playstation TV.

    Finally, I’ll address the good. Again, this is a ‘know what you’re buying’ situation. I should note that I do not have a PS Vita. Not enough good games out for it to justify the price in my opinion (and most of the good ones are ports of PS3 games I…

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  3. F4LL0U7 says:
    58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Sparse game & video options, and major annoyances. Don’t buy…yet., October 15, 2014
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    F4LL0U7 (Philadelphia PA) –

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    I was really excited about the PSTV. I wanted it to replace the Chromecast for video streaming in my bedroom, while also allowing me to play my library of games. It does neither well at all.

    Full disclosure, I am a huge PlayStation fan. I have owned all of the PS consoles and handhelds (at launch) since the first one, and I have owned no other brand of console since then. I love my PS exclusive games, and I’ve been a PS+ member from the beginning. I love PlayStation, so it was only natural for me to pick this item up at launch like the other systems. I was very disappointed and will be seeking a refund. Here’s why.

    If you’re looking to use the PSTV for video streaming, definitely look elsewhere. Although you can download and install Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, they will not run. Since I’m not an anime fan, my only choice for video streaming right now is Sony’s own Crackle, which is frankly terrible. It’s free so I can’t complain too much, but the selection is terrible and the commercials are obnoxious. It is in no way a replacement for Netflix, or even a temporary stop-gap while Sony figures out how to get Netflix working.

    So the PSTV is next to useless on the video streaming front. I know, I shouldn’t be buying a micro-console for video streaming. But the precedent and expectation has been set that ALL current PS consoles can run Netflix. They should have not launched it without this capability.

    My second major complaint is the full-screen advertisement that is the “Featured” section. When you close an app or game on PSTV, instead of bringing you back to your home screen, it drops you onto the “Featured” screen, which is a list of content that Sony is pushing — ads for new games and videos. There is no way to close or disable this screen, and if there is, I was not able to find it. In fact, I haven’t even seen anyone else mention this annoyance. Maybe I’m living in a twilight zone where I’m the only one who cares about being advertised at while using a device and service I pay for.

    Another annoyance is that it constantly screwed up the order of my games on my Vita memory card. I have a Vita with a 32GB card, and I certainly wasn’t going to buy another one for my PSTV. Sony mercifully allows people to use the same card between consoles, as long as you’re using the same account. Ok, so they get a point in their favor for not completely screwing over their customers.

    However, swapping the card from the Vita to the PSTV requires the system to rebuild the database. You’re forcing memory card apps to commingle with apps on the PSTV’s internal memory, so they mesh in odd ways. I painstakingly organized my Vita games and apps so that their order was convenient and made sense to me. On the PSTV, they were jumbled and disorganized. Inserting the card back into my Vita did not restore my order, and I was forced to reorganize everything.

    Now onto the games. I have about 30 games on my Vita. A good portion of them do work on PSTV. However, at the last minute before launch, Sony revised their compatibility list and removed several games. Some of the games they removed (such as Metal Gear Solid) were major reasons for my purchase of this system. The removal of those games significantly lowers its value to me.

    The inability for some games to play seems somewhat arbitrary. Sony originally said that the only games that wouldn’t be able to be played were ones that relied heavily on the Vita’s touch screen. The assumption was that ALL PSP and PS1 games should be compatible then, but that is absolutely not the case. Even Vita games that don’t use the touchscreen at all refuse to play.

    And this isn’t the same incompatibility as the Vita’s “soft” incompatibility, where even if you couldn’t buy and download a game from the PS Store onto your Vita, as long as you could side-load it from your PS3 to the Vita, you were in the clear. This is hard, incomprehensible incompatibility. As with Netflix, you can download and install all the games you want. They just won’t run.

    Remote Play was another major feature of the PSTV. Using that feature, you’re able to stream your PS4 games to your Vita or PSTV. It technically works. I was able to pair it with my PS4 and stream it from the other room on the same WiFi network. However, the lag was noticeable. I only played a simple platformer (Sound Shapes), but the lag definitely affected my playing. I will try a more intensive game later just to see how it works, but I don’t have high hopes.

    Sony does recommend hard-wiring everything for best performance. My PS4 is hard-wired, but my PSTV is in the other room and unable to be hard-wired. If this is as good as it can get, I’m not impressed. I haven’t even tried playing it over the internet yet, but my expectations are low.

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