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.

SOURCEPlayStation Blog, US
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Brad is a video game enthusiast and family man. He's been gaming since the days of the Intellivision, and while that indicates he's been doing this for quite some time, he doesn't intend to quit anytime soon. Currently he's trying desperately to convince his daughter that there are more games than just Minecraft (unsuccessfully so far).
  • nonscpo

    “Near, Maps, Welcome Park, and Network Operator (found on 3G Vitas) will all be missing”…Yeah i dont think anyone is actually going to be missing those. The no PS3 app is really really dumb, especially if you want to put as many of these microconsoles in peoples home. Still think they should have bundled it with a better game (All regions)!

    • Lester Paredes

      Definitely a better game. as much as I liked The Lego Movie game, people will just be disappointed in it because they;ll be expecting the console version. Especially since when you check out images for the game in the store, they show PS3 screenshots…

      • nonscpo

        Overall I was alot more excited for the Vita-TV months ago when it didnt seem like we were gonna get it. But now that were geting the Playstation TV with a less than stellar bundle Im debating if it worth buying day one.

        • Lester Paredes

          I still want to get it, despite the lackluster game. In all honesty, there’s nothing wrong with the game, it’s perfectly fun. It’s just that people will be expecting the same game that was on console, and it’s not that. Plus, I could use an extra PS3 controller, so I can play Minecraft with my wife and daughter.

          • nonscpo

            Thats cool but I think l’ll hold off for a review.

          • vongruetz .

            I was originally excited for the bundle, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t need it. I have an extra PS3 and PS4 controller. I have an extra memory card. And thanks to my Vita, I already have 60 games I can play (and the Lego Movie isn’t one that interests me).
            But if you’re starting with nothing, then the bundle is pretty good. The game is family friendly, which is the demographic they’re chasing.

            I just can’t wait to see what it can and can’t do next week.

    • vongruetz .

      Yep, nobody will actually “miss” those apps since they don’t really do anything, but they will be absent. On the bright side, at least you won’t have to put them in a folder labeled “Things I can’t Delete.”

      • nonscpo

        Very true, we should always look up the positive side of things!