PlayStation TV: The Ultimate FAQ

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PlayStation TV: The Ultimate FAQ

PlayStation TV‘s North American launch is set for next Tuesday, October 14, so we wanted to get the ball rolling by providing a comprehensive resource for all topics related to PS TV. Though certain details are still being finalized, this FAQ will cover a range of topics about this sleek and compact new addition to the PlayStation family. Topics covered include everything from the system specs and benefits to accessories, PlayStation Plus features, the launch game lineup, differences from PS Vita, and much more.

Please leave your questions in the comments. We will continue to update this FAQ leading up to launch, integrating new answers and additional details as they are confirmed.

PlayStation TV System Details
How much does PS TV cost? When does it come out?

The PS TV system will retail for $99.99 (MSRP) for the standalone system in the United States (and CAD $99.99 [MSRP] in Canada) when it debuts on October 14, 2014 across North America. There will also be a limited edition bundle version of the PS TV system with The LEGO Movie Videogame for $139.99 (MSRP) in the United States and CAD $139.99 (MSRP) in Canada.

When does the PS TV digital store launch?

October 13, 2014.

When does PS TV come out in Europe?

November 14, 2014.

What comes in the standalone PS TV box at launch?

PlayStation TV system, HDMI cable, AC adaptor, and AC power cord.


Buy the PlayStation TV limited edition bundle

What does the PS TV limited edition bundle include?

PlayStation TV system, DualShock 3 wireless controller, 8GB memory card, The LEGO Movie Videogame Game Voucher, AC adaptor, AC power cord, HDMI cable, and USB cable.

What input/output ports and connectivity features does PS TV support?

HDMI OUT, Ethernet, and one USB 2.0 port. PS TV also features integrated 802.11 b/g/n (n=1×1) Wi-Fi for wireless internet connectivity and for DUALSHOCK 3 and DUALSHOCK 4 controller support as well as Bluetooth headset/headphone (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP) and keyboard (HID).


Is a memory card required for gameplay?

PS TV has 1GB internal memory, which can be used for game saves or small-sized downloadable content. However, you will need a separate memory card for those games that require game saves or have downloadable content with larger data. A memory card isn’t required for streaming services like PS Now or Remote Play.

What are PS TV’s physical dimensions?

PS TV measures approximately 13.6 mm (thickness) × 105 mm (height) × 65 mm (length). PS TV weighs approximately 110 grams (0.24 pounds).

Here’s a photo comparison:


What is the difference between PS TV and PS Vita?

The following table highlights the feature differences between the two systems.

Applications The following PS Vita applications are not available on PS TV:
– near
– map
– welcome park
– network operator
– Remote Play (for PlayStation 3)

The following applications are available on both PS TV and PS Vita, though with these differences:

– Photos cannot be taken on PS TV’s [photo] app (PS TV does not have a camera).
– When using voice chat on PS TV’s [party] app, users must use a separately sold Bluetooth headset (PS TV does not have a microphone).

Network Connection PS TV supports both Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
Video/Sound Output PS TV outputs video/sound to a TV via HDMI cable.
Controls PS TV is controlled by DualShock 3 or DualShock 4.

The touch pointer feature allows users to use right/left stick on a controller (DualShock 3 or DualShock 4) to perform touch operations like you would on a PS Vita system. In addition, users can also use a touch pad on a DS4 to perform touch operations. Users can use this feature in supported PS Vita titles or PS Mobile titles.

[OPTIONS] and [SHARE] buttons on a DS4 will be assigned to [START] and [SELECT] button on a PS Vita system.

Speaker and Stereo headset jack on a DS4 are not supported on PS TV.

PS TV supports key input via Bluetooth keyboards (however, Sony Computer Entertainment does not guarantee compatibility with all Bluetooth keyboards).

Game Titles PS TV supports different titles from PS Vita.
What color variations will you offer at launch?

The model color at launch is black.

What screen resolutions will PS TV support?

PS TV will support 480p, 720p, and 1080i via HDMI output.

Will PS TV support 4K content for video or gaming?

No, the PS TV system does not support 4K output for games.

Does PS TV support analog video or audio output? Does PS TV support standard-definition TVs?

No. PS TV’s video and audio are transmitted using HDMI, a common digital connector found on most HD TVs. PS TV does not support standard-definition TVs.

Will PS TV require a system software update at launch in North America? How will system updates work post-launch?

Upon the North American launch, PS TV will require a system software update to add several new features. After you connect to the internet, you will need to sign into PSN, where you will receive a notification to update the system software. Click here for step-by-step instructions.

Which PS TV features will be available at launch in North America?

Popular features already available on PS Vita, like Remote Play, will be available when PS TV launches. Additional PS TV features will be rolled out in phases. Please read full details on what’s available following system software update 3.30, and follow PlayStation.Blog and for further news.

What is “LiveArea”?

Every game features a space called “LiveArea” where you can access new game information from Sony Computer Entertainment and third-party developers and publishers via PSN. You’ll also be able to view an “Activity” log that includes your PSN Friends. This log is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication and gameplay among users.

Does PS TV offer sub-accounts? How do they work?

Yes. Click here for information about sub-accounts.

Does PS TV offer parental control options to restrict content to younger users?

Yes. PS TV provides the flexibility to manage console use by time and day, gameplay by ESRB rating, and block in-store purchases.

Also, for each sub-account user, there are controls over the ability to use chat features, the ability to post and view user-generated media, and the ability to control a monthly spending limit for PlayStation Store purchases.

For additional information on PS TV’s Parental Controls, click here.

Can I block or unblock another user on PS TV?

You can add users on the PSN with whom you do not want to communicate to your block list. Messages from people on the block list will not be received. Also, people on the block list will not be able to see your activities and friends list. You can also remove someone from your block list.

Will PS TV support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?

No, the PS TV system does not support client functionality for media servers.

PS TV Game Lineup
What type of game content can PS TV play?

PS TV can play games from a range of PlayStation platforms, including compatible titles from:

  • PS Vita
  • PSP (PlayStation Portable)
  • PS One Classics
  • PlayStation Minis

PS TV also supports PlayStation Now, allowing PlayStation 3 games to be played via streaming over an Internet connection.

As with PS Vita, PS TV supports PS4 Remote Play, allowing PS4 users to continue playing a game enabled for remote play on a PS TV system in another room such as their bedroom.

What PS TV games will be available at launch in North America?

Click here to see a list of all compatible games.

How do I purchase PS TV games?

Customers can purchase supported PS Vita games at retailers, or purchase and download games from PlayStation Store to PS TV’s internal memory or a memory card. Customers can also purchase digital games through the Sony Entertainment Network online store via their PC.

Will any PlayStation Store content purchased on PS3 or PS Vita systems be transferable to a PS TV system?

Users who purchased PS Vita games that are compatible with the PS TV system will be able to download these titles, some of which feature enhanced graphics or improved features, to their PS TV system for no additional charge if they are using the same SEN account.

Can PS TV and PS Vita users play together online?

This functionality is technically possible and some developers may choose to support it for their titles.

PS TV Peripherals and Accessories
Will Gold Wireless Headset and PULSE wireless stereo headset – Elite Edition work on PS TV at launch in North America? What about other wireless headsets?

PS TV will not support the Gold Wireless Headset, Silver Headset, and Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset – Elite Edition. PS TV generally supports Bluetooth headsets, speakers, and keyboards.

Can I use my PS3 remote control on PS TV?

Yes, PS TV supports BD remote control (CECH-ZRC1).

Does PS TV support the PlayStation Move motion controller?


Does PS TV support external HDMI-based game capture devices?

PS TV supports HDCP (copy protection). HDCP cannot be turned off.

DualShock 3 & DualShock 4 Support
How can users charge DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controllers? Does PS TV include a charge cable?

The DualShock 3 controller, which is included with the PS TV bundle, can be charged using a USB mini-B cable. Users can charge the DualShock 4 controller on PS TV using a USB micro charge cable (available for purchase separately). Dedicated charging stations for both DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 are also available.

How do the “Share” and “Option” buttons work on the DualShock 4 controller when used on PS TV?

The “Share” button on the DualShock 4 operates like the “Select” button on the DualShock 3; the “Option” button on the DualShock 4 functions like the “Start” button on the DualShock 3. Please note, PS4’s ‘Share’ functionality is not available on PS TV.


Is it possible to charge a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controller via my PS TV when I’m not playing?

Yes, you can charge DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 wireless controllers when PS TV is in standby mode.

How many DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 wireless controllers can I connect to my PS TV at one time?

PS TV supports up to four DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 wireless controllers for local multiplayer experiences (The number of controllers that are supported will depend on individual titles/applications).

Can PS TV and PS4 users voice chat together?

PS TV and PS4 users will be able to communicate with each other via text messages and voice chat using the Party app and a supported Bluetooth headset.

For cross-game Party Chat, how many players will PS TV support?

As with the PS Vita system, PS TV will support up to eight users for cross-game Party Chat. The Party Chat feature works across PS TV, PS4, and PS Vita platforms.

PS4 Remote Play
What is Remote Play?

Remote Play will enable users to stream their PS4 gameplay to their PS TV system via the network, freeing up the television for other uses. Sony Computer Entertainment expects that most PS4 titles will support Remote Play unless the title requires a special peripheral such as PlayStation Camera during gameplay. Furthermore, Blu-Ray Disc titles and DVDs cannot be played, and content from some video services cannot be played either.

When will Remote Play work best?

Remote Play will work best when the PS TV system is located within close proximity to a Wi-Fi AP (access point) where the PS4 system is connected. We also recommend that PS TV be connected to the local area network via an Ethernet cable, and that the PS TV system be within close proximity to the Wi-Fi access point so the connection is free of interference.


How will Cross Play function between PS4 and PS TV systems?

Supported titles will allow the PS4 system and PS TV users to play together in the same game via online multiplayer (PlayStation Plus required for online multiplayer on PS4).

Are there any other cross-functional capabilities between PS TV and PS4 users?

Players can voice chat or text chat between the PS4 and PS TV systems using the Party application, even during gameplay. Users can also browse and compare each other’s Trophies. Text messages can also be sent/received between PS TV and the PS Vita and PS4 systems.

PlayStation Now
When will PlayStation Now launch on PlayStation TV?

PlayStation Now’s Open Beta for PS TV is scheduled to launch on October 14, 2014 to consumers in North America. It is also scheduled be available on PS Vita at this time. Service not available in all areas. See for details.

What games will be available on PlayStation Now for PS TV?

The Open Beta will launch with over 150 PS3 titles. See the games library page for the latest updates.

What do I need to play PS Now on PS TV?

Users will need a steady broadband internet connection ranging between 5-12 Mbps and a SEN Account and a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controller.

How do I troubleshoot my connection?

To maximize your connection we recommend:

  • Hardwiring the PS TV via an Ethernet cable.
  • Suspending other bandwidth intensive services (i.e., large downloads or streaming services).
  • Running the connection test found in the Settings app on PS TV to ensure you meet the bandwidth requirements.
Does PlayStation Now offer multiplayer?

Yes, couch co-op and online multiplayer features are playable on PS Now as long as these features are supported by the game.

Can I save and resume my game on PS Now?

Yes. Your game saves are stored indefinitely in our cloud storage system, allowing you to pick up where you last saved.

PS Store, Plus, Digital Entertainment
Can two people use my account’s content on two different PS TV systems at once?

Yes, this is supported.

Can I buy PlayStation Store content from other regions?

We recommend that people buy from the PlayStation Store in the region in which they signed up in order to ensure the best experience and customer support.

What entertainment services will be offered at the launch of PS TV?

Video content such as movies and TV episodes available on PlayStation Store will be available at launch in North America. We will announce other entertainment services that will be available on Day One prior to launch. Check PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation’s social channels for further news and updates.


What features will be available with PlayStation Plus on PS TV?

The following benefits will be available only to PlayStation Plus members on PS TV:

  • Instant Game Collection – Access to a regular, curated selection of titles made exclusively available to PlayStation Plus members at no additional cost.
  • Discounts – Members will have access to exclusive discounts on PlayStation Store.
  • Online Game Save – Members may automatically (or manually) upload game save files to Online Game Save Storage for safekeeping. Up to 1GB of cloud storage will be allocated to your PS TV save files.
  • Other benefits – Early access to exclusive game content, automatic game patch downloads and installation, and more.
Is PlayStation Plus necessary for multiplayer gameplay on PS TV?


Does my Plus membership for PS4, PS3, or PS Vita systems still count for PS TV?

Yes. One PS Plus membership will continue to grant benefits for your PS4, PS3, and PS Vita system, even after you pick up a PS TV.

How does PlayStation Plus membership compare on PS4, PS3, PS TV, and PS Vita systems?

Please refer to the following comparison chart:

PS3 PS Vita and PS TV PS4
Online multiplayer Free on PSN Free on PSN PS Plus members only
(certain free-to-play titles may allow online multiplayer)
Automatic game patch download PS Plus members only PS Plus members only Free on PSN
Online game saves PS Plus members only PS Plus members only PS Plus members only
Automatic trophy synch PS Plus members only PS Plus members only Free on PSN
Automatic system software downloads All users who have updated to system software 4.50 Will be available to all users after a future system software update Free on PSN
Content Services
Instant Game Collection PS Plus members only PS Plus members only PS Plus members only
Exclusives PS Plus members only PS Plus members only PS Plus members only
Discounts PS Plus members only PS Plus members only PS Plus members only
Game Trials PS Plus members only N/A Will not be offered at PS TV launch
What network services will be free on PS TV, without a PlayStation Plus membership?

Some of the features users can enjoy for free include:

  • Playing PS4 games remotely using the PS TV system (Remote Play).
  • Comparing Trophy data with other users.
  • Sending and receiving text messages from other users.
  • Party (cross game voice chat).
Will I be able to play MP3s on PS TV?

Yes. PS TV can play MP3 music that is stored on the memory card.

Comments are closed.


  • This will be my PS4 Remote Play and PS1 Classics box for my basement.

  • I’m about to read the whole thing, but first let me say i’m so excited to get this next week. There are a ton of Vita games i want to play on a big screen!

  • Will we be able to use multiple accounts without having to factory reset?

  • Will there be a white model for NA? An what can we use the usb slot for? Could usb be us as a memory card or no?

  • Does PS TV count as an activated PS Vita? Are the maximum allowed devices going to be raised so that we can have a PS3, PS Vita and a PS TV?

  • Is there Netflix on this?

  • Curious if there will ever be a vertical stand for it. Would be neat to have displayed matching my other vertical systems.

  • Wait… 1080p video output? Really?

  • This is a two parter.

    1. Can it play ANY PS1 game that’s on the PSN store?

    2. Does it support Netflix in North america?

    also as a comment, using the dual shock 4 instead of the 3 would really make up for some touch controls making more vita games available on PSTV have you considered this?

  • It says no PS Gold headset support at launch, but will there be any in the future?

  • is the announced walmart exclusive bundle coming to canada or just base system and the limited edition bundle?

  • Can I use the Netfix App if its on the vita memory card

  • So we still need that expensive proprietary memory card and can only use remote play with our primary ps4 account not the secondary account.

  • Gonna wait till i know i can stream hulu and amazon instant video, also hoping they come to vita soon

  • this more relates to ps now but when will we be able to play all the games we own on the psn via ps now. lets say my ps3 game that i wanna play on my ps4 but isnt showing up as purchased on now on my ps4 but does on my ps3

  • It seems that Vita TV supports more things than its big brother the PS4 does. Any reason why the PS4 doesn’t have bluetooth microphone support yet?

  • Referring to the line, Can PS TV and Vita users play online together. So vita and PS TV users are in separated during online play ?

  • Will there be support for playing videos and music from usb in the future, and also will there be an update for elite headset support?

  • Excited to pick this up. I do hope that more games will be compatible down the line– I’d like to see Atelier Rorona Plus and Disgaea 3 get onto the compatibility list, for instance. There will definitely be future updates to the compatibility list, right?

  • i dont have a bluetooth!!! i bought the gold wireless thinking it would be the definitive headsets across all playstation platforms, please change this..i really dont wanna buy another headset.

  • “Does PS TV offer sub-accounts? How do they work?”

    “Yes. Click here for information about sub-accounts.”

    Does this mean that I can have content from two different accounts on the same memory card??

  • i have already pre-ordered my copy at amazon.i just wish that i could play neptunia rebirth on it

  • Ok, so PS TV can support multiple accounts, but my Vita don’t… is it so hard to implement this?

  • Forgive me if I missed it, but can a Vita be used as a controller for those who want access to all of the Vita’s features while playing on the big screen?

  • PS TV support the Pulse Headphones? Can you plug the receptor on the USB port?

  • How do you release a product that doesn’t support your own headsets?!?! That makes absolutely no sense. Sony, you need to fix that pretty quick IMO.

  • No PS3 remote play? I was actually looking forward to that. Having both units wired into the network, I suspected, would have helped to combat the lag.

  • So do Bluetooth headphones work with this thing?

  • Will definitely be picking one of these up with a huge memory card on day one. I’ll finally be able to play all those Vita games in my Instant Game Collection backlog ?. PS Plus for life.

  • Can two psn accounts access games on the same memory card for trophies? I have many games for vita but as far as i know each memory card for vita is tied to one psn account. Has this changed for playstation tv, vita, or both?

  • Can we sign-in to the NA PSN account with our Japanese/Asian PS Vita TV?

  • Yes, PS TV outputs video/sound to a TV via HDMI cable. But what type of sound? 5.1, stereo, mono? 5.1 is a must for streaming video.

  • Assuming both use the same account, can we simply remove a memory stick from a Vita, plug it into the Vita TV, and play supported games/applications just as if it was on a Vita, then switch back whenever? Or does the Vita TV require its own separate memory card?

  • Now this is awesome, SONY it is time to release Bluetooth Headset that works with all of your devices:
    PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and Playstation TV (PS TV)

    Also I hope this will entice Developers to start creating more Games for PS Vita PS TV ecosystem.

    What is the full list of supported Apps?

    When will we see 64GB or 128GB Memory Cards?

    I am assuming that no 1080p support is limited to the Hardware because in essence PS TV is a stripped down PS Vita is that correct?

  • One other question, why we are unable to Stream Blu Ray movies?

    Is this related to copyrights or hardware limitation?

    Why is PS3 Remote Play not available, limited number of available titles vs dev effort to implement that feature?

  • All right. time for my two questions:

    1. You say streaming media from a PC is not a feature. Currently the Vita can stream video and music from a PC using the Content Manager Assistant. Is this no longer the case on PSTV?

    2. Is online multiplayer then limited to just between PSTV users? In other words, if you’re playing Killzone Merc online, a PSTV user can only play against other PSTV users? The games aren’t cross-play?

  • @capn sniffies: yes you cantake it out of your vita put in the pstv and then put back in your vita

  • Wait a moment.

    “Users who purchased PS Vita games that are compatible with the PS TV system will be able to download these titles, some of which feature enhanced graphics or improved features, to their PS TV system for no additional charge if they are using the same SEN account.”

    These improved features can go beyond just upscaling? I thought PS TV would perform exactly the same as the PS Vita, but if other technical settings can be “unlocked” for better performance (like a higher framerate, for example), it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have both systems..

  • I came here looking for the answer to a very popular question: Will there be Netflix?

  • This is great. I originally wasn’t going to pick one of these up, but after reading this FAQ I’m seriously considering it. There are many Vita and PSP games that I’ve been wanting to play on a big screen. Also, I imagine that they will add compatibility for more games in the future.

    I do have one question, however. I don’t believe that the FAQ mentioned the format of memory card that the PS TV accepts. With that in mind, does it take a standard memory stick duo, a PS Vita memory card, or some other/new format? Thanks in advance.

  • 1. Will the PS TV have a sleep timer on it?

    2. Will it support Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, etc?

    3. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection & MGS Portable Ops compatibility?

    4. If we have a game on our memory card that isn’t specifically “compatible” with PS TV, will the PS TV still recognize it, even if it’s not on that master list for some arbitrary reason?

    5. Does the user interface look exactly like the Vita? Can we see it in action?

    6. For PS+ online storage, does PS TV get its own category and it’s own 1GB of space, like the other consoles? Or does it use the same storage as Vita? I’d actually prefer if it used the Vita’s space. It would make things so much easier if the save files were all the same, and I could start a game on Vita and resume it on PS TV, and vice versa.

  • Why we can’t remote play to a PS3?, I want this and DLNA support, Please..

  • Copy/pasting myself from the EU blog:

    With TV apps being one of the focuses for PSTV, will we see those same apps for Vita. The hardware is the same after all. Anything Vita TV can do, Vita should be able to do (barring obvious differences).

    With PSTV having access to PSP and PS1 classics, does this mean we’ll see more of a push for more classic content? I know I keep going on about this, but classics aren’t where they really could be (especially when compared to North America) on PS3 and Vita.

    Will DS4 compatibility be considered for Vita Remote Play? PS4 games are meant for a PS4 controller and Vita, what Sony are calling “the ultimate companion” to PS4, is the only Remote Play enabled device that can’t use a PS4 controller.

    On a similar note, is it possible for Vita to act as an extra controller for PS4?

    Will Vita and PSTV be receiving the PlayStationn app? If Vita truly is PS4′s “ultimate companion” then why do phones and tablets have more synergy with PS4 than it does?

    Will physical Vita games be marked so that consumers know what is compatible with PSTV? How will the average consumer be able to tell which games are PSTV compatible?

  • I really hope VitaTv is really successful so that way we can get more Vita exclusive titles like God of War,Motorstorm,Ratchet and Clank,Heavenly Sword and INFAMOUS.

  • Looks pretty good piece of hardware! Can be a good Stream Box or even a media player later and a game machine for 139.99$. GL on holding against competitors ;)

  • Don Mesa:

    Please read this.

    I have a japanese Vita TV, since 3.30 update i am allowed to use my north american PSN account and enjoy my digital games, yet the news app and psn store are still in japanese, it says that is not allowed in my region.

    I can’t activate PSM apps either

    I have reported this to Yoshida and he said thanks for the report.

    It will be a fix for this? :(

  • Don Mesa:

    Please read this.

    I have a japanese Vita TV, since 3.30 update i am allowed to use my north american PSN account and enjoy my digital games, yet the news app and psn store are still in japanese, it says that is not allowed in my region.

    I can’t activate PSM apps either

    I have reported this to Yoshida and he said thanks for the report.

    It will be a fix for this? :(

  • Why is PlayStation Mobile excluded from the “What type of game content can PS TV play?” section?

  • Please support PlayStation Mobile apps, there’s a key based game i like pretty much!

  • Wut. “PS TV will not support the Gold Wireless Headset”

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