Perfect handheld Playstations Vita got its bigger sibling Playstation 4 and both are having great sales and having respect in the gaming community. Number of the sold Playstation 4 is around 20 billions. And that is really success that not too much people awaited. And now it came the time for Sony to present the PlayStation TV, the third sibling. The smallest one, but if you have PS4 or Vita at home, maybe good choice for you. In the next few paragraphs I will try to show you what it can do for you Vita or PS4.
From the hardware perspective: tiny black box with quad-core Cortex A9 MPcore, additional quad-core video chip PowerVR and 512 MB of Ram and 128 MB video RAM. One hardware button in front, four ports in the back – HDMI, LAN, USB and memory cards slot.
So what can this tiny black box do for you? Well it can do much. Like streaming from PS4 to any other display or TV. Just connect it to the display via HDMI and you are ready. And this comes handy when you primary TV is occupied by wife/girlfriend/mother/children/alien. PS Vita can also do the streaming, but one advantage for PS TV is that you can connect daulshock and that is much more comfortable than playing with handheld. The first time connection is comfortable – you connect it to the display, power, connect USB cable to dualshock to make them paired and power on. You will be asked for the resolution of the screen, which can be changed later on and finally you will be asked for wifi or cable internet. No stress and panic here. If you have worse wifi at home or you are too far from router, you need to think about cable or you will get the worse picture and that sucks. In any case the streming from PS4 into PS TV is without lags. But this is for games only, forget about streaming the movies from PS4, that is nasty and once more nasty. It is called TV, but there is no netflix or any other streaming service available, and this is strange.
Just streaming would be very low competition, so the next function is very nice – PS TV can act as a VITA without screen. Internal memory is nothing, but you have memory cards for PS VITA. You can have two different cards – 1 for VITA, 1 for PS TV or you can have 1 shared card and put it into you PS TV. PS TV sees the games and also the saved positions. And it works even if you do not have VITA. You can buy the games from PS store for VITA or PS TV has a slot for the card of VITA games. I do not know if this is how you will have fun with PS TV, but in any case you can. Be aware that some games will not work here (mainly the games with the touch control) and that some games will look very bad on the huge displays. Not everything has been ported for PS TV till now. But some games are better to be played with dualshock than on VITA itself.
You have basic information about PS TV now, but is this suitable for you? It depends. It is surely not necessity, but nice bonus. Depends on that if you have usage for streaming from PS4 or not. Or if you are fan of VITA. Or maybe you will buy this instead of VITA. There are really too many factors to say if this is what you need. For me it is nice gadget, but nothing more. For you it might be necessity, because of occupied primary TV or because of missing VITA. It is not so expensive to not give it a try if you feel you need it!