The PlayStation TV is coming out in less than a week, and Sony still has much to reveal about their new micro console. To help address some of the questions and concerns customers might have, they posted a Frequently Asked Question list on the PlayStation Blog. The list addresses a number of issues while also revealing some interesting features.
Take a look at the full list of questions if you want to know everything, but I think it’d be helpful to point out some differences between the PS TV and the Vita from a functional basis. While both consoles are capable of doing most of the same things, there are a few areas that will differ.
One major difference first off is that the PlayStation TV will be missing a number of the standard apps that Vita owners have access too. Near, Maps, Welcome Park, and Network Operator (found on 3G Vitas) will all be missing. Also absent will be the feature to remote play with the PS3. These apps (with the exception of remote play) were all specifically created for a portable device and so their exclusion from a set-top box makes sense.
The Photos app is also getting an overhaul to remove the camera features, but players will still be able to view their own pictures or screenshots through the app. Likewise, the removal of the microphone from the device means that in order to use the chat feature in the Party app, players will need to link a bluetooth microphone to the console.
It was perhaps thought that since the PS TV supported to the DualShock 4 that perhaps players would be able to use a headset connected to the controller for chatting, but this also is not going to work. While the DS4 will be compatible with the device the audio jack on the bottom will not work. What will work however is the trackpad, so players will be able to use that as in input device to compensate for the loss of a touchscreen.
The FAQ is also where we learned that PS Now will be making its Vita debut on October 14. It is also where we first heard about Network Media Player app that was announced in the EU FAQ but mysteriously absent from the North American one.
We will be able to answer more questions about the console after its launch next week. It will be available in North America on October 14 for $99, or in a bundle for $139. It will then jump across the pond and make its European debut on November 14 for €99.99/£84.99 AU$149.95.