Sony Bowing PlayStation TV in the Fall10 Jun, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
$99 set-top unit aimed at competing with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku
Sony Computer Entertainment America has unveiled plans to launch a $99 set-top box — dubbed PlayStation TV — to stream video games and videos to connected devices.
PS TV, which was previously launched in Japan as Vita Plus, will launch in North America in the fall. Users will be able to download select PS Vita games, PlayStation Portable games and PlayStation games from PS One classic through PlayStation Store, stream select PS3 games to the device via PS Now, and play PS4 games from a PS4 system in their home over local Wi-Fi via Remote Play.
Indeed, PS TV will be game-centric, reportedly launching with support for more than 1,000 games.
PS TV will also offer movies, TV shows, and music available to buy, rent, or stream from PS Store. Sony made the announcement, in addition to announcing several new games, at E3 gaming confab in Los Angeles. The PlayStation Now streaming service will launch in beta on July 31.
A PlayStation TV bundle will also be available for $139, which includes a DualShock 3, an 8GB memory card, an HDMI cable and a digital voucher for The Lego Movie.
"With the success of PS4 and the announcements we made tonight around exciting new content, platforms and services, PlayStation is delivering unique and powerful entertainment experiences that speak to the hearts and minds of gamers," Shawn Layden, president and CEO of SCEA, said in a statement.