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Sony PlayStation TV release date, price and specs: What is PlayStation TV?

Everything you need to know about the Sony PlayStation TV micro-console

Sony PlayStation TV release date, price and specs

One of Sony's biggest announcements from E3 2014 was PlayStation TV so here we explain what you need to know about the new device including release date, price and specs. See also: Sony PlayStation TV hands-on review: Pint-sized micro-console with huge potential.

See also: Sony PS4 E3 2014 press conference: As it happened catchup video stream.

What is PlayStation TV?

PlayStation TV is a small micro-console box which has so far been available exclusively in Japan under the name 'PlayStation Vita TV'. Well it's coming to the US, Canada and Europe and allows gamers to play PS4 games on a second screen.

Shawn Layden, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America said at E3: "This little gem will be able to pair with your PlayStation 4, allowing you to play your PS4 game, via Remote Play, on a second television in your home."

"It will give you access to video and music streaming services. It will give you the ability to play hundreds of PS3 titles, made available through PlayStation Now. And, of course, PlayStation TV will also play most Vita titles as well as PS1 and PSV classics." he added.

So, this little box does a number of things including the ability to play your PS4 through a different TV in the house and play older PlayStation games via the PlayStation Now streaming service. It will also rival devices and services such as Netflix, Apple TV, Roku and Google's Chromecast since it will add the ability to stream music, films and TV shows.

It's a micro-console and set-top streaming box in one. Read on to find out more about the PlayStation TV. See also: Xbox One vs PS4 comparison.

PlayStation TV: Release date and price UK

At Gamescom 2014, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation TV will be released on 14 November.

It's available to pre-order now from retailers such as Amazon at £85 inc VAT and it is expected that Sony will also offer a $135 (UK price TBC) bundle which will come with a DualShock 3 controller, HDMI cable, 8GB memory card and the Lego Movie game.

Related: Sony PS4 system update 2.0 release date and new features.

Sony PlayStation TV specs and ports

PlayStation TV: Specs and features

The PlayStation TV itself has very similar specs to the PS Vita. That means it has a quad-core processor, 1GB of internal memory and supports video output of 720p or 1080i.

It also supports Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11n. On the wired side of things, it comes with HDMI, Ethernet, USB and Sony's proprietary Vita memory card slot. It supports both DualShock 3 and 4 PlayStation controllers.


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