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- Hundreds of PlayStation games to choose from: Including many PlayStation Vita games such as Killzone: Mercenary, God of War Collection, and Borderlands 2, classic games from PS One and PSP systems, and more.
- Remote Play: Stream most of your PS4 games from your PS4 system to your PlayStation TV over local Wi-Fi (robust Wi-Fi or wired connection recommended).
- Easy to Set up and Play: Plug in and play on any HDMI compatible TV in your home.
- PlayStationNow READY: Available later this year, PlayStation Now will give access to an expanding library of PS3 games to stream directly to PlayStation TV.
- Access to Entertainment: Games, movies, TV shows, and apps on PlayStation Store.
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- DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller*
- DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller*
- PS Vita Memory Cards*
* A DUALSHOCK 3 or DUALSCHOCK 4 controller and PlayStation Vita Memory Card required for gameplay (sold separately).
Introducing PlayStation TV
A sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available to stream and download.
Whether as a second console for your bedroom or the primary gaming system in your living room, PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.
Hundreds of PlayStation games to choose from
Including many PlayStation Vita games such as The LEGO Movie Videogame, MLB14 The Show, Borderlands 2, classic games from PS One and PSP systems, and more (may require software update).
A sleek and compact console
PlayStation TV is so sleek and compact that it can fit in the palm of your hand.
Stream a wide range of PS4 games from your PS4 system to your PlayStation TV over local Wi-Fi (robust Wi-Fi or wired connection recommended).
PlayStation Now READY
Available later this year, PlayStation Now will give access to an expanding library of PS3 games to stream directly to PlayStation TV.
*Service may not be available in all areas. For details, see http://us.playstation.com/playstationnow
Easy to set up and play
The PlayStation TV system’s small, sleek, and simple design makes it incredibly easy for anyone to plug in and play on any HDMI compatible TV in your home.
This feature provides the flexibility to manage console use by time and day, gameplay by ESRB rating, and block in-store purchases.
A new, simple and fun way to enjoy a universe of PlayStation games and entertainment with the entire family. Whether as a second console for your bedroom or the primary gaming system in your living room, PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.
A DUALSHOCK 3 or 4 controller (sold separately) is required.
PlayStation Now Service may not be available in all areas.
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PS Vita game support: Several PSVita games (both digital and physical games) are playable in the PSTV, the ones that are not playable are the ones that require the use of the touchscreen, back touchpad, or the cameras of the PSVita. Among the most popular PSVita games that you CANNOT play are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, Tearaway, Gravity Rush. This is the main reason people need to understand this is not the replacement for the PSVita.
PSP game support: Most of digital PSP games are supported too, but not all of them (Ex: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker not supported). You can use a PS3 or PS4 controller to play them, and PSTV lets you map the buttons layout as you wish.
PS1 game support: All digital PS1 games on PlayStation Store are supported by the PSTV. This probably has a better support than the one offered by the PSVita for two simple reasons: 1) Dualshock games are supported, your controller can vibrate, and 2) Multiple controllers are supported by the PSTV, so you can play local multiplayer with your friends, up to 4 players can play (if the game supports it). And you can feel the old sensation of playing like back on the day when playing with your PS1 with your friends.
Remote play support: PS3 support was removed for PSTV, so don't count with it. Now the only remote play support available is for PS4. PSTV support streaming at 540p and 720p (1080p not supported), at 30 and 60 fps (at 60fps the PS4 stops recording gameplay). You can play both PS4 and digital PS2 games that you already own on your PS4, and similar to PS1 games, PSTV lets you use multiple controllers to play local multiplayer for both PS2 and PS4 games (up to 4 players). However, there are a few PS4 games that are not available for remote play like the PSVR games and other games that need the PS camera. One important thing is that the PSTV has a huge advantage over the PSVita in this field, and that is because you can use a wired connection, meaning you can play without network issues or any input lag. This is the main reason why I bought my PSTV, to be able to play PS4 games from my bedroom while my partner is watching TV or playing on another console in the living room (where my PS4 is).
PSNow support: Well I'm not a big fan of this service, but from what I have tested the service works on PSTV the same as the PS4, you can play any game available on PSNow (both PS3 and PS4 games). The PSTV also supports multiple controllers for this service, so you can play local multiplayer games on PSNow too.
To summarise, you can play several PSVita games (the ones that don't use the touchscreen, touchpad and camera), most of digital PSP games, all of digital PS1 games, digital PS2 games (available on the store for PS4) throughout Remote Play for PS4, several PS3 games throughout PSNow, and most of PS4 games (the ones that don't use the camera), so you have a really wide selection of games to play on your PSTV.
To finish my review, I will write the things that I didn't like about the PSTV, the first one is the storage, the PSTV needs an expensive proprietary memory card, the same one that the PSVita uses. If you want to play PS1/PSP games on your PSTV you must buy a memory card in order to download the games. Another thing is that the hardware of the PSTV doesn't support 1080p output, meaning that even if you own a PS4 Pro, remote play will keep streaming at 720p top. Finally, the app support is terrible, for a device having "TV" in its name, not having Netflix, Youtube or any other streaming service app is a letdown. You can still use its browser to access those services, but the browser is not really so controller friendly. So, if you don't care so much about these problems, and you are more interested about the options of gaming it offers, then the PSTV may be for you.
Please note: if you don't have a hard-wired ethernet cable, you need a Very clean wifi signal to be successful. But it is possible.
My first attempt (using my existing 2.4 Ghz 802.11 wifi) was not very playable. I live near appartments, so the 2.4 ghz signal was very crowded. I got a new super-cheap wiki access point to dedicate to the ps4, and put it as close as I could get. That helped immensely, but still had occasional issues. I ended up buying a much more capable wifi system (I needed a new one anyway) and a 802.11AC (5ghz) access point to connect to the ps4. (Why didn't the ps4 come with 5ghz?!)
That got rid of the contention with my neighbors signals, and now things work much better, but there are still occasional issues.
Also note, when this is working at 100%, it's still not the quality of the actual ps4. The image quality suffers a bit, and I think you can only get stereo, not surround sound.
At the same time, my 40+ year old eyes are no longer a great match for the small Vita screen, either.
Nevertheless, I've built up a decent library of Vita (and PSP) games and the Playstation TV has proven a worthwhile solution for playing them on the big screen. The PS TV does have its warts...I'm sure other reviews have covered those topics. The interface is a mediocre port of the Vita operating system which was obviously designed for a handheld. But it's at least adequate. Not all games are supported, so you need to do some research and find out what you're losing in the process. In my case, I still have access to enough big-name titles to make it worthwhile. Still, lack of support for key Sony properties like Uncharted Golden Abyss and Little Big Planet is virtually unforgivable.
And there is still no support for Netflix and most other streaming services, eliminating any possibility that the PS TV could serve as your one set-top streaming box. (Note how some companies like Apple refuse to release new products until they feel they've really nailed it, while Sony slapped the PS Vita interface onto this box and apparently said "eh...that's good enough."
Nevertheless, the 30 or so Vita and PSP titles I personally own which are supported by the PS TV justified the $65 purchase. (I already had a spare memory card and a DS4 controller.)
As for Remote Play, again its a question of setting expectations properly. Want to stream Battlefield or Call of Duty from your PS4? Well, that's just not going to happen. The lag is simply insurmountable. Anything that requires precise movement or button presses (MLB The Show, NBA 2K, Injustice) isn't going to work well on Remote Play. But more casual games with forgivable controls like LEGO and Disney Infinity are manageable. I even did well in a short session with Shadow of Mordor.
I will say this: Remote Play on the PS TV is an improvement over Remote Play on the Vita because all controller buttons are present. To be blunt, I found Vita Remote Play to be a miserable experience due to both the lag AND 4 missing controller buttons.
I would probably give the PS TV 3.5 stars but Amazon forces me to drop it down to just 3 stars. And even then, my rating is influenced by the fact that I'd researched the product enough to understand its shortcomings. Hopefully Sony (and developers) will continue to allow new Vita apps to run on the PS TV...at least, whatever modest number of Vita apps are still coming down the pipeline.
Due to lackluster sales, I don't hold out much hope that Sony will update older games to work with the PS TV. A rewrite of the interface isn't going to happen. Realistically I don't think we'll see the PS TV remain in production indefinitely. But it has helped breathe new life into a handful of Vita / PSP games I already own, and I'll definitely experiment with Remote Play from time-to-time.
Do NOT buy PS TV strictly as a Remote Play device.
Do NOT buy PS TV as a streaming device.
Do NOT buy PS TV expecting support for your entire Vita and PSP digital library.
But, if you're comfortable with some middle ground between all of the above (SOME Remote Play value, SOME streaming, SOME digital game support), you may come away satisfied.
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