Western Vita TV interest stronger than Sony expected

Executive Masayasu Ito says interest from Western markets for new streaming device has exceeded company's expectations.

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Interest from Western consumers in the PlayStation Vita TV streaming device has surpassed Sony's expectations, according to executive Masayasu Ito.

Speaking during a Tokyo Game Show roundtable interview attended by Eurogamer, Ito said the response for the device from Western markets had been "strong…more than we expected."

The executive also said Sony is "of course" thinking about launching the PS Vita TV in the United States and Europe, however, timing is not yet nailed down.

"But when it comes to the timing, we'll have to watch the environment and identify what other services are available in the US and Europe and whether we'll have to add other services," Ito said.

Separately, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House told Eurogamer that the company has been "very encouraged" by the Western response to the PS Vita TV. "It's been very, very positive," he said.

House also explained Sony's decision to launch the PS Vita TV first in Japan, saying there is simply no major competitor for streaming boxes in the region, compared to the US and Europe where such devices are more readily available.

"The reason we wanted to launch PlayStation Vita TV in Japan first was because we think that there is a significant gap in this market even for a pure streamed TV box," House said. "There isn't really a competitor here that's staked out a claim. And frankly, in my own view, Japan is a little behind the adoption curve in video streaming services.

"So we thought we could have an opportunity in Japan to really establish a leadership position by having an addition differentiated killer app--which is having our huge library of streaming games content," he added.

The PS Vita TV will allow owners to play PSP, original PlayStation, and PS Vita games directly on their televisions. The system will also work with the PlayStation 4's Remote Play feature. In addition, the Gaikai-powered streaming service in the works for the PlayStation 4 could "technically" be supported on the PS Vita TV, according to Sony.

The device will launch in Japan on November 14 for ¥9,480 (around $95) and will also be available in a bundle that includes a PS Vita TV, a DualShock 3 controller, and an 8GB Vita Memory Card.

Last week, Sony published a full list of supported titles for the PS Vita TV.

Discussion

98 comments
toyo75
toyo75

TV is still alive? I thought TV had already suffocated and drowned in a sea of trash called "reality shows."


GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I would buy this if I could get it in Australia!

hystavito
hystavito

I'm surprised they didn't expect this level of interest.  Just for the PS3/PS4 streaming to other rooms alone it seems like a good idea, and it will be even more attractive in a couple years when the price can be brought down to say around $50.

beyond_17
beyond_17

would buy on day one, playing psv games on my tv with a dualshock3, sounds too good

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

1) It better be around $100 otherwise no point. Or 2) make a new PSP with a HDMI port. Plus couldn't I just use a PS Vita as a controller?

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

I would be more interested in a Gaikai app for my phone where I could play ps3, Ps2, Psone, Psp and Ps Vita games.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Well I'm interested, plus it beats having to use my psp, where it may be. I haven't touched it since 2011. lol 

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

al about marketing and have conservative sales forecast at the beginning and see where it goes

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

I normally never swear on gamespot in order to keep things with a relative degree of respectability, but in response to that headline: F**K YEAH IT IS! 

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

Because I care about TV? Fuck TV. TV is dead!

Immortallix
Immortallix

They didn't think $100 would be a damn good selling point in the west for the system thats struggled to sell?

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

Why not just release it Everywhere? I don't mind if it does not have Certain TV features, i just want a Cheaper Vita to give to my bro so i can play multiplayer 

SeanD1972
SeanD1972

I hate the PS Vita as it couldn't even play Madden at launch.  I could care less if this PS Vita TV thing comes to North America.

Bowser05
Bowser05

Darn right we want it you dingbats! Leave it to Sony lol. That being said, I think that is a very legitimate reason for wanting to release in Japan first. For once...I actually agree with Sony.

SierraM363
SierraM363

Obviously Sony wants us to beg for it.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I would buy one if it were to come over. I would love to play Soul Sacrifice and Gravity Rush on my TV. 

MichaelDBZ
MichaelDBZ

No hard feelings Masayasu. I understand why it needed a release in Japan first. This Vita priced neatly at about $99 is definitely a good way to get access to all those PSone classics I would oh so want to play on the PS4.

The sooner you bring it to the West the better. I'm still skeptical as to whether or not I'd buy a PS4 this year, but the Vita TV would certainly make a great companion. 

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Ironically, I'd think it would have more than seventy six comments by now if it were so surprisingly popular.

Not a jab -- I will have one the first second I can get one -- just an observation.

OneHundredPunks
OneHundredPunks

I have Apple TV and I'd rather have this, so make this happen, Sony Soni Sone.

speedycerv1
speedycerv1

SURPRISED?!! come on now. stop doing your pole dance vita tv and just give it to me.

kutulu1
kutulu1

A definite buy for me; some vita games I want but hate small screens to play on.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I really do not see the need. but for those who do not own a PSP or vita and want to play some PS1 games then I guess. 

But there should be NO one in a hurry to get it as later when it supports Gaikai services that is when it will be well worth it to buy as it could easily play PS2 and PS3 games. 

I hope Sony thinks of Steam when they think about the prices of such OLD games. If so then I am sure it will sell like crazy every where.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

If it supports remote play doesn't it already support Gaikai streaming via PS4?

cheese232323
cheese232323

For people wanting to import it, game import sites like play-asia are charging a 50% markup, with other sites being even twice the MSRP, so paying 150$ minimum unless you know someone from Japan. Personally I reallllllllllllly despise that kind of exploitative practice. People will just have to ask themselves if they really want to import it early. Really wish they would give us some idea of when we could expect it though.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

Please bring it over! :) 

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

i ll buy it here in my country damn!! but ship it here thats all i need!!! also just waiting till the vita Slim gets here!!!

dromeo
dromeo

Release it here in the states and i will buy it asap

varmintx
varmintx

It sounds like an incredible deal, so I'm not sure why they assumed we wouldn't want it.

Lamesy
Lamesy

Gimme gimme gimme

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

Until it releases and no one buys it....just like the Vita

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Sony is just failing in one thing. Their ecosystem is becoming very well structured, but they need one last thing, and that is to play PS2 games. Between the PS4 and the Vita+Vita TV, you wont get to play PS2 titles. It's PS1, PS3, PS4, PSP and PS Vita.

I hope they include PS2 games on Gaikai streaming service, to sort that out. That way, you'll have access to all the PS library in your home. With just 2 boxes.

(Of course not every single game will available from the PS1, 2, 3 and PSP libraries, but I assume most big titles will be)

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

I want one, it see a too useful to pass up. I rarely play games on the go, as now that I'm older I drive myself all the time and am usually doing other things. I just prefer to do my gaming sitting down with a controller.

buying1999
buying1999

The west would be really interested in this product. I would get one for sure and will if this product comes to the U.S.

DMND
DMND

Well they re-launched PS1.

If they re-launch PS2 instead of a future PS5 the interest will rise aswell.

bschroth
bschroth

If they do make it compatible with all PS Vita games I'd probably get one along with a PS4. I'll get a PS4 anyways, but having this so I could play VIta games on a tv as well as play my ps4 in other rooms of my house would make me happy.

GameYakuza
GameYakuza

they mostly underestimated the appeal of playing on the big screen! put an hdmi out on the 3rd vita!

rarson
rarson

@Ravenlore_basic 

$100 for a device that streams media, does apps, and plays PS1, PSP, and PS Vita games sounds pretty good to me. I wouldn't be very interested in it if it just did Vita games, but that's a pretty healthy library. Yeah, I probably wouldn't buy one if I already had a Vita though.

speedycerv1
speedycerv1

@Meta-Gnostic It's a new product (which may or may not support gaikai) so it might just do remote play but not be able to handle all the hardware processing of local ps3 gaming. If Gaikai has the ps3 games running on their cloud servers, and maybe they already said this I'm not sure, but in that case then you should be able to play anything on the ps vita tv that comes from Gaikai(if they add support for it). If Gaikai is just data storage, then def no.

G-Corleone
G-Corleone

@DiamondDM13 i agree, i dont see why they have to only release hd collections and all that stuff. The ps2 library is THE library...my god!

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@G-Corleone @DiamondDM13 Easy money with little effort.

I would actually favor HD remakes if they had remade the game like with Resident Evil remake for the GC. But upscaling textures is not really remaking...

darkteddi
darkteddi

@ZombieGuy78 @G-Corleone @DiamondDM13 Or SFA3 and... idk