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Posted 10/17/14 , edited 10/17/14
I went out and bought the Playstation TV, a 99 dollar investment that I highly recommend for those who already own Playstation consoles and those who do not.

First, lets take a look at the Playstation TV out of the box and connected:


As you can see, it is really small, but how small? Well lets look at the Playstation TV next to my wallet:


So why is the Playstation TV so cheap and the Playstation Vita is so expensive? Well lets look at the three big things you pay for when you buy a Playstation Vita:
1. Design- The playstation Vita needed to have a specific measurement size in order to hold the hardware, not to tight, not too lose.
2. Input- The amount of ways you can interact with your handheld. Includes D-pad, buttons, analog stick, front and rear screen touch pads.
3. Video- The 5 inch OLED touchscreen is pretty expensive.

What would happen if all 3 of those were taken out of the Playstation Vita, and left the input and video up to the consumer? In comes Playstation TV which I love. Why? Because for the simple fact that I can play my Vita, PSP, Ps1 games on my big 47 inch tv with a controller. The only time I ever fire on my Vita is when I am on a road trip in a hotel. Whether or not you want to own a Vita and a Playstation TV at the same time is based on the end user, for me, I am happy.

When I first got the Playstation TV, I noticed it said only a select few Vita games are compatible with the Vita. Well let me tell you that the list of compatible games is really huge, just see for yourself: https://support.us.playstation.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5376

Lets talk about the Input:
From Left to Right: Power Button, Memory Card, USB, HDMI, RJ-45, Power input. (The PSTV contains a HDMI cable and can connect wirelessly to your router)


On one of the sides is a Playstation cover you can open to put your Vita games in.


So lets talk about things that could be a problem, its very variable dependent:

1. Say you already own a PS3/PS4 and a Vita and you buy the PSTV. You already have the controller and a memory card which are two components besides a TV with an HDMI connecter(By now everyone should have one) and you are all set.

2. Say you buy a Playstation TV and you do not own any other Sony device. Well you will need to invest in a PS3/.PS4 Controller, 40-60 bucks, and a Memory card, 20+bucks. This is where the cost comes into play.

Would I recommend the Playstation TV? Oh yes I would. I enjoy playing games like Toukiden on my TV with a controller. I really wouldn't recommend game streaming though.
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Posted 10/18/14 , edited 12/6/14
Still disappointed Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment is not running on it. But i agree. I love being able to play Persona 4 Golden on a tv with a controller. Glad i picked it up.


EDIT 12/6: Hollow Fragment does work on it now. Just a heads up..
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Posted 10/18/14
That thing is TINY! Wow, if i didn't have a PS3 I'd get one.
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Posted 11/30/14
I have the Japanese Vita TV. It dose not have many media apps sadly.
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Posted 12/4/14
The only bad thing about it is that any Vita game that utilizes the touch screen cannot be used on PS TV. Other then that though, I love mine. It is a lot of fun to play all of my JRPGs that I have for the Vita on my TV. ^^
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Posted 12/18/14
Are you using a PS4 controller? Hold the PS button and scroll down and enable touch pad. I been having luck with that.
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Posted 12/24/14
Does the PSTV have Crunchyroll?
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Posted 12/31/14 , edited 12/31/14
I kind of rushed into buying it, only cause it'd maybe allow me to play Vita games on my TV. The streaming is a neat idea and all, but I just don't have a fast enough network to accommodate its use. Very few games actually interest me, and the Vita just doesn't have the 1% of games that do. Buyer's remorse, basically. :(

I think Sony would do well to make the Vita's account switching less of a colossal pain in the ass, since I tend to check out the Japanese store. Just throwing that one out there.
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Posted 1/3/15
I'am definitely waiting on a price drop. As it is right now i don't see the worth of it at 99.99
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Posted 1/10/15

BlackJack205 wrote:

I'am definitely waiting on a price drop. As it is right now i don't see the worth of it at 99.99


Well, you got your price drop. I think a couple of retailers are selling it for 70.
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Posted 1/11/15
i have a ps tv and i'm starting to regret the purchase because of the lack of netflix and crunchyroll support and also because there are games that i want to play with it that are just not compatible....
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Posted 3/28/16
I just figured out how to get Crunchyroll on the PS TV. I downloaded it to my PSVita. I was pretty disapointed when i did not see it on the PS TV store. What you do is go onto the PS TV store then go to the download list, look for it and install it. It works and its great. I watch a lot of anime on crunchyroll.

I suppose if you can get the netflix app on the PS Vita, you can do the same. I only have netflix on the PS4.
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Posted 3/28/16
I love the PStv its kool....
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Posted 4/1/16
Him. Thought about getting one of these things a while back, couldn't justify the 99$ price tag on it then. Might get it if I see it in the wild..,
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