US and EU blogs both release more details for the upcoming PlayStation TV.
The release date of the PlayStation TV in the west is fast approaching, with North America able to get their hands on the microconsole on the 14th October, before its European release a month later on the 14th November. A detail which had yet to be confirmed, was a price for the UK market. The rest of Europe will have a price point of €99, and it has been confirmed by the PlayStation Blog EU that the UK will stock the console for £84.99.
To whet our appetites even more, a huge list detailing every compatible game has been released, highlighting PS Vita, PSP and PSOne Classics that will be available from launch. Over 700 titles will be available from launch, with more titles to be revealed over the coming months. Games of note that will be available straight away include:
- Rayman: Origins
- Persona 4 Golden
- God of War Collection
- Killzone: Mercenary
- FINAL FANTASY X / X-2 HD Remaster
- Dragon’s Crown
- Borderlands 2
- FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: WAR OF THE LIONS
- Metal Gear Solid
- Twisted Metal
- Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
You can see the huge full list of compatible games here.
NA will have access to a pretty splendid bundle as well, which includes the PlayStation TV system, a DUALSHOCK 3 controller, an 8GB memory card and The LEGO Movie Video Game. It will be priced at a very resonable $139.99. As well as that, Walmart will also be selling an exclusive PS TV bundle for a limited time and includes everything in the original bundle, accompanied by a copy of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time still for $139.99.
In Europe, rather that a specific bundle, every PS TV console will come with a voucher for three digital PS Vita games: Worms Revolution Extreme, Velocity Ultra and OlliOlli. The PS TV also has 1GB on built in storage, which means providing you have a DUALSHOCK controller, you can start playing straight away.
There were distinct differences between each of the blog posts. The main difference between the posts was PS Now, with the service being listed as available on PlayStation TV on the US Blog, with the main appeal being the playability of selected PS3 titles. No mention of PS Now was made in the EU blog post.
PlayStation TV connects to your TV via HDMI, and can play certain PS Vita titles, has access to Remote Play for PS4 owners and will be compatible with PS Now. Certain video streaming services will also be available. It is important to remember that not all Vita titles will be playable on the console. Games which require use of the PS Vita microphone or touch screen will not to be available on the handheld. This means it is unlikely we will ever see games like Tearaway or Frobisher Says! on the console. Also, a DUALSHOCK 3 or DUALSHOCK 4 controller is needed for the console, and are sold separately (except for the US bundle).
The PS TV was originally released in Japan November 14th 2013 as the PS Vita TV, and has had sluggish sales figures since. Sony revealed at E3 this year that the device would be dropping Vita in the name for the western release.
It seems that Sony are keen to really push their microconsole in the west with both territories getting access to appealing extras. Will you be picking up the PS TV straight away when it releases in the coming months? Or will you wait for The Vita Lounge to release its review? Let us know in the comments!