Sony Announces New PlayStation Vita Model, PS Vita TV Set-Top Box

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The latest Tokyo Games Show doesn’t officially open for a few more days, but Sony has wasted no time announcing new PlayStation products ahead of the event. Early this morning, the Japanese firm unveiled an updated, thinner model of its PlayStation Vita handheld, as well as a new Apple TV competitor named the PS Vita TV.

\"NewBoth products have only been announced for Japanese launches thus far. Sony says the new Vita SKU–officially dubbed the PCH-2000–is 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the current WiFi Vita model. It’ll replace the Vita’s OLED screen with an LCD one, and it’ll also come in a variety of colors, including black, white, pink, light blue, lime green and khaki.

Sony also claims that the remodel will get six hours of battery life–a slight upgrade–1GB of onboard storage and a micro-USB port. It’ll launch in Japan on October 15 for 19,929 yen, or around $200, which correlates with the Vita price cuts that were announced at Gamescom last month.

The PS Vita TV is the more unexpected announcement. It’s somewhat like a cross between an Apple TV and an OnLive streaming box, except it’s specifically tailored to play more than 1,300 PS Vita titles on your television (including the PSP and PSOne classics found in the PS Store) alongside its media streaming capabilities.

The box itself is tiny and light, at 6.5cm x 10.5cm and 110 grams, and it allows Japanese users to stream video and music from services like Hulu, NicoNico Douga and Sony’s own Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited platforms. It comes with HDMI output, USB and LAN ports, but it also includes 1GB of onboard memory, as well as slots to play Vita games and read Vita memory cards.

Interestingly, Sony says that a future software update will allow the PS Vita TV to stream and play PlayStation 4 games through that upcoming console’s “remote play” feature. Those who play Vita games on the Vita TV will also be able to play with standard Vita users through the handheld’s Ad Hoc mode. The whole box can be navigated with PS3 and PS4 (when they’re available) controllers.

But the biggest appeal of the PS Vita TV may be its price–it’ll arrive in Japan on November 14 for 9,954 yen, which translates to about $100. A package that bundles the Vita TV with a DualShock 3 controller and an 8GB Vita memory card will also be available for 14,994 yen, or around $150.

Source: SCEJ

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