The lights are on
Earlier this week, when Sony announced the Vita TV, I was vocal in my skepticism. The device has a number of shortcomings that even its price (approximately $100) can't overcome. The biggest problem though, is that the messaging around the new hardware has already been framed in the wrong way for consumers outside of Japan.
Sony has created an interesting conundrum for itself. By launching the PlayStation 4 in Japan after the Vita TV (and after 32 other territories will have the new console), the company can't use the tiny box's most impressive feature as a key selling point. Sure, playing Persona 4 Golden, Soul Sacrifice, and oodles of PlayStation 1 games on my TV is a bit appealing (especially when you can just pop out the memory card and continue on the go). That's not enough to motivate my purchase, though.
No, what might get me to open my wallet again for Sony is the promised PlayStation 4 remote play feature. My office, where my PS 4 will eventually live, has seating for one in front of my television. If I ever wanted to play with someone else, the console would need to travel downstairs to the family room.
Assuming that the remote play features work as advertised (something I'm skeptical about given the current state of PS3/Vita remote play performance), being able to access the PS4 from my family room would be of significant benefit to me and many others. It might be enough to get me to spend another $100.
The design of the Vita TV is sleek. The feature set is about convenience rather than competition (it tops out at 1080i and 2ch audio). Sony's first marketing volley with the Vita TV is designed both to fit within its hardware rollout for the PlayStation 4 and for an audience with different tastes.
Sony will have work to do if it decides to bring the Vita TV here. The conversation has already been framed in a way that doesn't fit the North American market, and it will take considerable effort to reposition the device. The marketing message will have to show the Vita TV as a PlayStation 4 accessory with standalone features and not the other way around if Sony is to make a splash on our shores.
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Who hopes Nintendo tries to compete and turns the Wii U tablet into A 1DS with a HDMI output.
i probably would never use it.
I think Sony will bring the Vita TV over here a few years after the PS4 launches, that way they have something of a cash cushion.
This actually seems kinda cool to me. I have a Vita, along with many games, and everyday I use it whenever I'm not at home, but once I get back to my apartment, I hardly ever use it. Mostly because I play my PS3 games or watch Netflix; I really don't like sitting down and solely playing it on the couch for some reason. But with this, I could insert my game and memory card and continue to play my Vita games on my big TV. This seems like a really cool idea. Plus it'll give the people who don't want to justify buying a Vita a reason to finally play the games. Cause contrary to what a lot of people say, it does have a good number of games. And while I would say half are ports, that doesn't mean they aren't good. Personally for me, it means double the trophies for a game. I really can't wait till they announce this stateside. Just my opinion.
$100 bucks is super cheap, and 1080i is 4x the resolution of the handheld. Also, streaming ps4 games for those fortunate enough to get one. Who wouldn't buy this?
With handhelds and already some nice top-set boxes out there, and the promised Vita PS4 interconnect, I don't see much room for this device.
Its the sum of its parts. Compare it to any other device out there like Apple TV, Ouya, or Roku box and it smashes them all and makes them seem over priced. I'd get one the day it comes out if they bring it over here.
I could definitely see them succeeding in that area.
Anything that increases the install base of the Vita and encourages publishers to make more Vita games is a good thing.
Don't like the article, I think its great, but its not my opinion at the top
If it only costs $100, I can see it selling well. I would definitely buy one if I didn't already have a vita.
The thing sold out in preorders in Japan. Hopefully it does well here too
If it only had surround sound---it would be a perfect 2nd room PS4. Even still it is very tempting.
Well it's only $100, too. I'm sure that'll help sell it.