A brand-new commercial for Sony’s PS Vita TV shows that the tiny piece of hardware has the potential to bring families together.

The ad examines the unifying force that the television once was for the household, displaying a family’s transition through more than fifty years’ time. The TV was once the central hub for most media for most of that period, but now that is simply a thing of the past as home computers, laptops, tablets, portable gaming devices and music players all vie for our attention.

Highlighting the fact that their hardware plays games, anime, movies and more; the message that Sony are sending is that with the PS Vita TV; with this once device a once dispersed family unit can unite once more.

In Japan streaming content has yet to take on the role that it has in the West, and it’s clear that Sony are looking to change the way that the country looks at their television.

PlayStation Vita TV is available now in Japan.

Watch the ad below:

 

  • Terramax

    To be honest I’m still having a hard time grasping what the Vita TV actually does that you can’t do already(?) Streaming films – netflicks is already on other consoles. It can only play some Vita games, and download old titles, though people can play older titles on the PS3. What exactly is it this unit does that makes it so unique? I’ve read a bit about it, and watched other vids, but I’m not getting the message.

    • Himanshu Goel

      the thing that makes it unique is its size, it’s being based off a portable device and it’s ability to stream from PS4

    • Brian Sharon

      Well there are a few sides to the story, I’ll do my best to describe them.

      1) It can be seen largely as a console companion. This isn’t going to replace your PS3/PS4 – this is going to be your extra device. Don’t think of it as a console, but a media player that has gaming built into it.

      2) Consoles are struggling in Japan – a nation where portables are king. Having a device that allows your to play your Vita at home can be the perfect middle ground.

      3) It’s competitively priced when compared to other media players, especially when you consider the fact that you are gaining entry to the PlayStation ecosystem.

  • Ryumoau

    PS Vita tv seems interesting. If it ever came out in NA and was $99, i might consider getting it. Theres a few jrpgs on Vita that i wish i could play on my tv instead of the Vita, like Ys Memories and Persona 4 Golden. 🙂

  • Trent Berlinger

    I am hopeful it will be localized to the West. If it does, I will pick it up. I already have a spare Memory Card and plenty of Carts. Playing some games on TV would be fun. I used to do that a lot with my PSP, despite the fact that PSP’s TV-Out created that ugly crop effect.