3 Reasons to Buy a PS Vita TV

Written by Chris Lock

The PS Vita TV has not been announced, and may never be, for the US or Europe, but that has not stopped me from being totally sucked in by the concept. A $100 system that plays Vita games on the big screen? Color me excited. That alone would not be enough to justify the price to my accountant (wife) though. So I came up with three major reasons that I need this new device in my life. Maybe they can help you justify an otherwise frivolous purchase to your significant bookkeeper.

Remote Play – The PS Vita TV is going to support Remote Play for the PS4. While the Vita can already support Remote Play for every PS4 game, there is a big difference between a 5 inch OLED and a 50 inch LCD; sometimes that small screen just does not cut it. For those moments when you are kicked off the TV during a major Watch_Dogs session, you do not have to settle for a compromised control scheme or screen size. Just sigh loudly in protest, swap over to the PS Vita TV, and continue ignoring your family in glorious HD bliss.

Indie Library – Sony’s judicious courting of indie developers has turned the Playstation brand into a thick orchard of sweet indie fruit. While you can already play all of these games on Vita or PS3, you can not play them for $100. PS Vita TV is positioned to be exactly what the OUYA was trying to be, sans emulators, un-sans a better controller. Plus the indie juggernaut Minecraft is making its way onto Vita (and by association PS Vita TV) making the PS Vita TV the cheapest way on the market to play Minecraft. Go ahead and try to build a $100 PC that can run Minecraft.

Besides the indies, you have access to a huge library of PSP and PS1 games that will run on this device. The PSP may have had lackluster acceptance, but it also has some quality games, especially for RPG lovers.

Video Out – While not a big deal for everyone, this is a major feature for me. Until now there has not been a way to record Vita gameplay except the horrid “over the shoulder” view. For someone who does video reviews and hosts the occasional gameplay stream, the ability to finally export video is exciting. Gravity Rush and Soul Sacrifice exist no where outside the Vita and having video of games like that floating around YouTube could potentially boost sales of the Vita itself, meaning more people playing Soul Sacrifice, meaning I do not have to wait in lobbies for so long. Video Out may not be a huge deal to your average consumer, but it will be great for anyone wanting to enjoy a cheaper streaming alternative.


Bonus Round: Gaikai – This is not included in the top three because it may never happen. But let your imagination take over and picture this scenario. You hear good things about Watch_Dogs 2: Reloaded but somehow Sony has secured a timed exclusive. You have not purchased a PS4 and your impatience is immense. In your despair you remember that PS Vita TV can run Gaikai (Sony’s own game streaming service) and that you could just stream the game. $160 later and your impatience has been warded off within the soft glow of Watch_Dogs 2: Electric Boogaloo.


The potential to turn the Vita TV into a $100 PS4 is astounding. Now a Sony next-gen console is $400 less than the competition, rather than only $100. It may be a sub-par experience compared to the PS4, but it would get the PS Vita TV into homes, and get those denizens into the Playstation ecosystem. After that it is just a matter of time before the devilish bargain of Playstation Plus has them in its clutches. It is an all too simple strategy to pull in the casual gamers and the cheap gamers at the same time.

It is for those reasons that, if PS Vita TV meanders its way to the states, I will be purchasing one. What do you think about the Vita TV. Does it have a strange gadget appeal to you? Or is it too peculiar an item to exist stateside? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


About the author

Chris Lock

Just a guy that loves games and wants so badly to tell you about them. I have a habit of being a terrible person. Prone to talk about the worst games imaginable. Poke-fan. LBP admirer. RPG lover. Writer. Podcaster. Father. Husband. Student. Tired. @Snickelsox on twitter.


  • Just remember that certain Vita games (like Gravity Rush, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet Vita) that require touch controls or–in Uncharted’s case–a camera, won’t be playable on the Vita TV. When it’s patched for Dualshock 4 support, we might see some Vita touch games made accessible, but there’s still going to be a number that aren’t.

  • The Vita TV works on so many levels, aside from being a streaming device for the PS4. Here are some other points.

    – It fulfills the promise of cross-save. Currently you can play a game on your TV and then continue it on your Vita IF the developer made two versions of the game, and you bought both, or else the developer took a hit and ate the costs to provide a cross-buy title. With the VitaTV you can play on the big screen and then seamlessly continue the exact same game on the handheld.
    Also, it alleviates the problem of buying a game twice. Buy Dragon’s Crown for the Vita and have it on a big screen as well as a handheld.

    – It’s great for travel. Pop it in your suitcase and when you get to your hotel, you can just plug it into the tv and game the night away. Or connect it to the hotel’s network and watch Netflix on the television.

    – You can experience those new indie games coming to PS4 and Vita without having to buy either a PS4 or a Vita. At Gamescom and PAX, how many times were games announced with “Coming to PS4 and Vita?” With VitaTV you’ll be able to play those games without having to spend a lot of money.

    – It’s a PS1 in a tiny box that also plays PSP and Vita games. You know what the PS1 has that the PS3 and Vita don’t? Games for kids. Instead of purchasing a stupid Wii for the kids, pick up a VitaTV for the play room. At least this way they can also watch Netflix in HD. And Youtube.

    – If it becomes popular, more developers will design their Vita games toward it, which means all of the gimmicky touch controls that everyone hates will go away. No more having to swipe for melee or hold the camera up to a light.

    – You can play ad-hoc multiplayer with a Vita.

    – Gaikai games streaming is coming to the PS Vita, which means it’s coming to the VitaTV as well. So soon that $99 console will be able to play PS3, PS2, and PS1 games.

    – They render all other micro-consoles obsolete. The Ouya is cute and all with it’s lineup of weird little Android games, but the VitaTV gives you Tomb Raider, Twisted Metal, and Dragon’s Crown

    – Oh, and it will be able to stream games from a PS4. Yes, Sony has hyped up Remote Play before and it has never lived up to expectations. But then again, Sony has also never designed a console around that idea, spent $100’s of millions of dollars on a company for their compression technology, nor put in their console a dedicated chip for the streaming of video. With the VitaTV, you’ll be able to extend your PS4 to any room in your house. The video they showed was a great example. This teenage boy wants to show his friends his PS4, but his parents are watching a movie on the TV. So he just grabs the controller and goes into another room and plays Knack through the VitaTV. Awesome.

  • I want to play Persona 4 Golden, Soul Sacrifice and Rogue Legacy on my TV so badly. I would buy one of these over a PS3 if it made its way over here.

    • I totally forgot about Persona 4. That game was my jam for so long, and now I just can’t find the gumption to finish it.

      • I played (watched) to the first dungeon/castle place and loved every minute of it and then something happened and I never got back to it. Playing it on the TV would be enough to get me back.

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