Its been long over due, Sony has of today announced the PlayStation Vita TV, a 6 x 10cm console and set-top box that connects to a TV. It’s all founded on PS Vita hardware, and besides playing Vita, PSP, and PS1 games, also offers access to a range of entertainment services and PlayStation 4 cross-functionality. At a price a price of 9,480 yen, or around $99 the TV box will be available out in Japan on November 14th. A separate bundle, including a DualShock 3 controller and 8GB memory card, will sell for 14,280 yen ($143).
Unfortunate for us in Africa, the PS Vita TV supports Japanned-specific video services such as Hulu, Tsutaya TV, and Nico Nico Douga as well as Sony’s own Video Unlimited, and also includes Vita-style apps such as the LiveTweet Twitter client and Reader ebook software. The tiny box can be used as an extender for PlayStation 4 games, letting you play them on another TV screen if the one connected to the PS4 is occupied, and will also act as a second Vita system to enable ad-hoc multiplayer gaming with the portable console. The PS Vita TV matches the Apple TV on price while offering a far more robust gaming proposition.