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PlayStation TV to sell for £84.99 with back catalogue of 'nearly 1000 games'

By James Vincent

Published 11/06/2014

PlayStation TV will stream unspecified music and video content
PlayStation TV will stream unspecified music and video content

Sony’s new media and video game streaming device PlayStation TV will go in sale in the UK later this year for £84.99 according to a new report from T3. But what exactly does this micro-console do – and who might buy it?

Sony’s new media and video game streaming device PlayStation TV will go in sale in the UK later this year for £84.99 according to a new report from T3. But what exactly does this micro-console do – and who might buy it?The device originally launched in Japan last year but Sony announced at E3 this week that they will be introducing it to European and North American markets later this year with “nearly 1,000 games at launch”.

A video game fan interacts at the 2014 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
A video game fan interacts at the 2014 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
A video game fan interacts at the 2014 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
A man tries out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as show attendees wait in line outside the Oculus booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces the Nintendo's Mario Maker during a press event at the Nintendo booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A robot character from Sony PlayStation 4's Playroom pretends to watch people play a video game at the Sony booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, second from left, welcomes Alexey Pajitnov, right, the creator of "Tetris," and Henk Rogers, center, managing director of The Tetris Company, to the Ubisoft stage at E3 on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Ubisoft/AP Images)
Developers John Velazquez, Andrew Hwang, John Lamborn, CEO John Flury, developers Bryan Norton, Geoffrey Hartung, Isaac Rowe, Mike Wagner and Robert Stoll of 'Four Lights' attend the 2014 E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Professional basketball player Kevin Love arrives at E3 in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Uber APC on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Activision)
Pro basketball player Kevin Love visits Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at the Activision booth during E3 on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Activision)
Ashlee Simpson checks out the Skylanders Trap Team at the Activision booth during E3 on June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Activision)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Attendees play Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Wii U at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A janitor walks down a hallway inside of E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Gaming characters walk around E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
DJ Amie Rose plays a set at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the doors open at noon June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
An E3 attendee tries out the Virtuix Oculus Rift and Omni Treadmill at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Attendees are colourfully decorated at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, at the Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing at the Galen Center on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images)
Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, is silhouetted as he watches a trailer for "Magicka 2" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A gamer plays the "Entwined" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sony is bringing its PlayStation TV video- and game-streaming device to North America and Europe this fall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, is silhouetted as he watches a trailer for "Magicka 2" video game during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Gamers play a LittleBigPlanet 3 video game during Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, speaks during the Sony's PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sony is bringing its PlayStation TV video- and game-streaming device to North America and Europe this fall. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Attendees play Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Wii U at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
The Nintendo display heavily featured the new Super Smash Bros. game at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Attendees wait in line to play Splatoon in the Nintendo section of E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Attendees walk through different displays to play new games for the first time at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
An E3 attendee sports an Xbox controller on her hat at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
The PlayStation 4 section of E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the doors open at noon June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Attendees play against each other in a game of Super Smash Bros. on a giant screen in the Nintendo section of E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
An E3 attendee takes the Playseat out for a spin at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
The line to get in the doors at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
E3 attendees walk through the hallways at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the doors open at noon June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Attendees watch a trailer for Horrors of the Gilded Age inside a private screening room at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the doors open at noon June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Fans excitedly enter E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the doors open at noon June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Fans wait outside in line for the Super Smash Brothers Invitational during the E3 Electronic Entertainment ExpoJune 10, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A display for the Destiny game stands outside of the Los Angeles Convention Centre at the E3 Electronic Entertainment ExpoJune 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Della Martinez (left) and Sarah Kim prepare for the first day of the E3 Electronic Entertainment ExpoJune 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A tank sits on top of a cab to promote World of Tanks game outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center at the E3 Electronic Entertainment ExpoJune 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A display for the Destiny game stands outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center at the E3 Electronic Entertainment ExpoJune 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
The Orpheum Theatre marquis advertises the Ubisoft media briefing at an E3 video game converence event June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Aisha Tyler introduces Just Dance 2015 at E3 video gaming conference at the Orpheum Theater June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California . The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Dancers perform onstage to Just Dance Now to demonstrate the multiplayer experience during Ubisoft's media briefing at the E3 video game conference held at the Orpheum Theater June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Executive producer Dan Hay of Ubisoft Montreal introduces Far Cry 4 at the E3 video gaming conference at the Orpheum Theater June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Executive producer Jason Altman of Ubisoft Paris introduces Just Dance Now during a media briefing at the E3 video game conference held at the Orpheum Theater June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Light-up wrist bands by Ubisoft were given to attendees during a media briefing at the E3 video gaming conference at the Orpheum Theater June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Andrew House, President and group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., speaks onstage during the Sony press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Andrew House, President and group CEO Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., speaks onstage during the Sony press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Actress Thora Birch (L) and singer Rita Ora perform onstage the Take-Two E3 Kickoff Party at Cecconi's Restaurant on June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Take-Two)
Actress Thora Birch dances onstage the Take-Two E3 Kickoff Party at Cecconi's Restaurant on June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Take-Two)
Singer Rita Ora attends the Take-Two E3 Kickoff Party at Cecconi's Restaurant on June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Take-Two)
Singer Rita Ora attends the Take-Two E3 Kickoff Party at Cecconi's Restaurant on June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Take-Two)
Sony President Andrew House introduces Sony's new business relationship with YouTube at their press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A live demo is given of Little Big World 2 at Sony's press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
dam Boyes, Sony VP, introduces Devolver during their press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A live demo is given of Far Cry 4 at Sony's press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
The demo of Dead Island 2 is displayed at Sony's press conference at E3 June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA Studios, speaks during the EA press conference for the Electronic Entertainment Expo at Shrine Auditorium June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
Cam Weber, EA Studio Group General Manager, introduces the new PGA Tour game during the EA press conference for the Electronic Entertainment Expo at Shrine Auditorium June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs from June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)
A man in a Destructoid costume at E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The annual video game conference and show runs June 10-12. (Photo by Dan R. Krauss/Getty Images)

The black, palm-sized box will also be available as a pricier bundle with an 8GB memory card, HDMI Cable, free copy of the Lego Movie game and DualShock 3 controller (it also works with the PS4’s more recent DualShock 4). However, its main draw will be giving even non-PlayStation owners access to some of Sony’s impressive back catalogue of games.

Although there have been no specific list of what’s on offer, Sony has said that PS TV will offer a “huge library” of games from the PS Vita, PSP and PS One, with PlayStation 3 titles also added to this roster once PlayStation Now (the company’s premium subscription service) launches in Europe.

For customers who already own a PlayStation 4 the PS TV will also offer the extra benefit of remote streaming – allowing users to play PS4 titles anywhere in their house without unplugging their console.

Originally launched as the Vita TV, the PS TV is undoubtedly an interesting concept, straddling the worlds of the micro-console (mainly Android-based devices such as the Ouya) and media-streaming boxes such as the Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

It’s not clear what media content Sony will offer (the Japanese edition of the device didn’t even include a YouTube app) but in terms of games there will be absolutely no competition for the PS TV.

 The device certainly isn’t perfect – it can’t stream 1080p content and has extremely limited internal storage – but if Sony can corral even a handful of popular titles for the PS TV’s launch then it should have an instant hit on its hand.

Source: Independent

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