Apple TV gets another competitor in the set-top box space today, as Sony has announced the PS Vita TV at an event in Japan. Where the Apple TV is content focused however, the PS Vita TV stays true to the roots of the name; gaming. Essentially, Sony has released a $100 box that will play PS Vita games, and hook into the Music and Video Unlimited services, along with some other proprietary content. It's set to launch – in Japan at least – on November 14.
The PS Vita TV also provides access to services such as Twitter and Hulu through your TV, and the hardware contains all the necessary bells and whistles including HDMI, USB and Ethernet, alongside slots for physical PS Vita memory cards and a slot to insert PS Vita games. Perhaps more exciting is the remote play functionality, that allows the PS Vita TV to hook into a PlayStation 4 and act as a secondary terminal to play games away from the main console with a PlayStation controller.
So, it's similar and yet so very different to the Apple TV we know and love. What Sony is offering, however, implements something many of us would love to see brought to the Apple TV; gaming. We can AirPlay games from our iOS devices to play on the big screen, but it's not the same as playing on device, using a hardware controller, and having that traditional gaming experience.
So, it seems the battle for the TV continues. Apple is continually improving the Apple TV offering, and there may be a software update dropping for it sometime very soon. But, Sony may have the best alternative solution on their hands with the PS Vita TV. Only time will tell, but competition is always welcome.
What do you guys think of the PS Vita TV? Does the gaming side of it attract you more than the more content focused approach that Apple has taken? Or are you happier with more content less gaming? Sound off in the comments!