E3 may be the best place to announce the biggest games of the year but it’s also the home of some big hardware announcements like the PlayStation TV.
Coming from Sony in 2014, the PS TV is a small box not much bigger than a smartphone which you connect to your TV via HDMI. Then it’s time to explore a fantastic world of gaming and entertainment.
That’s because the PS TV is literally a games console in a tiny box. It’s capable of accessing the PlayStation Network Store via an internet connection where you can download a huge range of game titles.
That includes Vita games, which you can play on your full screen with ease, as well as classic titles from the PS1 and PS2 eras. And the tiny box pairs with both PS3 and PS4 controllers, meaning you can play these games just as they were intended, with all the precision you expect from a Sony console.
But it does even more than that. One of the PS TV’s main features is that it can communicate with your PS4 to enable Remote Play. That means if you were playing a game in on your PS4 in the living room but it’s time for bed, you can use the PS TV to stream the game to a second TV. That means next-gen gaming in every room in your house using a simple box!
And Sony has a long term plan for the PS TV, all tied into PlayStation Now. That’s a new service which will stream games from the PS1-PS3 era right to your box. All you need is a decent internet connection and you’ll have access to thousands of games without the need to download. Rumours suggest that it will even use a subscription service – so pay a monthly fee and play as much as you like!
PlayStation Now is almost ready to debut in the United States and should arrive in Europe by early 2015 but there’s plenty of content available right now for the PS TV, including access to movie and TV show streaming from the Sony Entertainment Network.
And the best news of all, the PS TV will cost just €99 – that’s a steal for getting a whole new console for your TV. Expect it to hit shelves in Autumn 2014.
In Short: At E3 2014, Sony Playstation unveiled their latest piece of hardware – an incredibly tiny box that brings the console experience to any TV