Announced during PlayStation’s E3 Press Conference, that lovely little micro-console is making its way to Europe and North America this Fall with a new name.

Originally called the PS Vita TV when it launched in Japan November 14th, the PlayStation Vita TV has come a long way since its introduction – but never really reached its potential in Japan. Thankfully however, Western audiences have been drooling over the device since it was announced for the Land of the Rising Sun – and now it’s almost here.

The PlayStation TV will be available this Fall for $99 US as a stand alone console purchase, or can be bought in a bundle for $139 US – adding a Dualshock 3 controller, 8GB PSVita memory card, HDMI cable, and a voucher code for LEGO Movie: The Videogame. Pricing for Europe has yet to be released, but we assume there’ll be the usual “conversion tax” included when it does.

Are you excited to get your hands on one of these babies? For $100, I know I am.

  • nonscpo

    I for one am very exited for the $139 bundle, especially as its a whole ten dollars cheaper than I expected. Out of the whole conference which ended up being about the PS4, seriously they barely showed off project Morpheous, this was the one thing that excited me the most. If there is only one thing I hope that comes out of this in the next couple of months, is that they offer us more bundles to choose from. I have nothing against Lego’s, just think that Minecraft would have been a better choice to bundle it with.
    P.S. Please nobody complain about the name change as it was a decision that actually makes sense; never really liked the original name.

  • Rodolfo Ferreira

    The hardest part is not over yet. As Layden said, “most of” Vita games will be playable on this thing. Not all of them.
    Additionally, it requires SCEA to do the same SCEJ is doing, demanding every single developer to make their game PS TV-compatible.
    Now that the magic box is coming, I’m (still) waiting for the Killzone Vita TV update. That, and all of 2012 Vita hits, NFS: MW, AC: L and others.

    • Luckeh

      It would be nice if you could use the vita as a controller so you could still play games that require touchscreen

  • Robert Backland

    I’m definitely going to pick one up. I like the idea of my Vita for NA and the Vita TV for JP.

  • darkknezz

    Getting this for sure

  • Pre-ordering now ;]

  • Can someone help me understand what Vita/PS TV does in layman’s terms? I have a basic understanding but is it streaming through the Vita? Or is this standalone? So confused.

    • Kyle Wakeling

      Basically, they’ve taken a PSVita and stripped all the inputs, then encased it in a box with HDMI and network ports.

      It’s a PlayStation Vita that connects to your TV, but uses a dualshock controller for control. It can do almost everything a Vita do, aside from being able to play it portably or anything regarding touch input (though there are some work arounds). It’ll play some Vita games (none that require touch/camera), as well as any PSP or PSOne title available on the PSN.

      • Ah, that makes a lot more sense. I honestly wasn’t expecting the device to be that complex. Thanks Kyle!

        • Kyle Wakeling

          No problem. I think the complexity of the device’s abilities (what it can/can’t do – or specifically play) is part of the reason for the name change. It’s a Vita at its core, but it can’t do everything a Vita can (and it can do things it can’t).

          A strange device, but useful if you’re in certain situations for sure.

      • Rodolfo Ferreira

        Well there’s a Vita-only feature the PSTV can’t ’emulate’: GPS.
        …but it isn’t going to matter, people don’t care about near. In almost three years, I’ve played only two games which supported near: Assassin’s Creed and Ragnarok Online.

  • Lester Paredes

    Pre-ordering soon. I don’t have the money for it now.