The ultimate PlayStation TV FAQ

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The ultimate PlayStation TV FAQ

All your questions about the new micro-console answered

PlayStation TV‘s European launch is set for 14th November 2014, 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 finalised, the below FAQ covers a range of topics about this super 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 line-up, differences from PlayStation Vita, and much more.

We would also like to announce the Network Media Player app that will be coming to PS TV and PS Vita soon, which will allow you to access media servers over a network. The Network Media Player can be used to view photos and stream music and videos from a media server located on your home network. You can also copy photos, music and video files from the media server to your system. Further details about this app will be shared at a later date.

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.

PS TV: The ultimate FAQ



PlayStation TV System Details


How much does PS TV cost? When does it come out?
The PS TV system will retail for €99.99/£84.99 AU$149.95 RRP when it debuts on 14th November, across PAL regions. PS TV across PAL will come with a digital download voucher for three PS Vita games – Worms Revolution Extreme, Velocity Ultra and OlliOlli.

When does PS TV come out in the SCEE region?
14th November 2014

What comes in the PS TV box at launch?
PlayStation TV system, HDMI cable, AC adaptor, AC power cord, printed materials, digital download voucher for three games – Worms Revolution Extreme, Velocity Ultra and OlliOlli.

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. You will need a separate memory card for those games that require game saves or have downloadable content with larger data.

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 the PS Vita?
The following table highlights the feature differences between the two Remote Play 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 (DS3 or DS4) 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*.
(Reference 1) – Online users guide for the touch pointer feature here.
(Reference 2) – [OPTIONS] and [SHARE] buttons on a DS4 will be assigned to [START] and [SELECT] button on a PS Vita system.
(Reference 3) – 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 colour at launch is black.


What screen resolutions will PS TV support?
PS TV will support 480p, 720p, and 1080i via HDMI output. PS TV will output PS4 Remote Play content in HD at 720p.

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? How will system updates work post-launch?
Upon 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.

Which PS TV features will be available at launch?
Features already available on PS Vita, such as Party and PS4 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 details and instructions about using sub-accounts.

Does PS TV offer parental control options to restrict content to younger users?
Yes. With PS TV, users can set the system’s control level for playing a game, video, or application, as well as for using the internet browser and PlayStation Store. Play duration can also be set by minutes/hours in 15-minute increments for each day of the week.

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.

How many SEN accounts can be connected to PS TV?
As with PS Vita, only one SEN account can be connected to PS TV at once.

Is there a limit to how many PS TV’s I can activate on my SEN account?
You can activate up to three PS Vita or PS TV devices. For example you could activate 2 x PS Vita and 1 x PS TV, or any combo of the above.

If I have purchased PS VITA from Japan or PS TV from North America, can I use my European SEN account?

From a customer services and compatibility point of view, we recommend that you purchase PS TV in the country you are based.

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?
The Network Media Player (coming soon to PS TV and PS Vita) can be used to access media servers over a network. The Network Media Player can be used to view photos and stream music and videos from a media server located on your home network. You can also copy photos, music and video files from the media server to your system.

When will PlayStation Now launch on PlayStation TV?
PlayStation Now is not yet available in the PAL region. Further details will be confirmed at a later date.

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PlayStation TV Game Line-up


What PS TV games will be available at launch across PAL?
There will be hundreds of games supported at launch. You can check this url for the official list:

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, and PlayStation Minis.. As with PS Vita, PS TV supports PS4 Remote Play, allowing PS4 users to continue playing a game on a PS TV system in another room such as their bedroom.

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 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 PS Vita system be transferable to a PS TV system?
All PS Vita titles that are PS TV compatible will be available on the platform. For example, a selection of popular digital titles including Hotline Miami, Spelunky, and Sound Shapes will be available to purchase on PS TV after launch. Gamers who purchased these titles for the PS Vita systems will be able to download the PS TV versions of these titles, some of which feature enhanced graphics or improved features, to their PS TV systems 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.

Why are there differences between the regional compatible games lists?
While Sony Computer Entertainment is a global organisation, as a business we take every measure to provide for the local requirements of individual markets. As such there may be variations between game lists in different regions.

Are games region locked?
Gamecard and downloadable versions of games are not region locked. However, we would like customers to buy games which are sold in your country from a customer service and guarantee point of view. Also, there is a possibility that some of third party games may be region locked.

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PlayStation TV Peripherals and Accessories


What accessories will be available at launch for PS TV?
Standalone Memory Cards will be available at launch, providing plenty of options for storing games and saving data, videos, music, photos, and more. Additional DUALSHOCK 3 and DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controllers can also be purchased and used with PS TV.

Can I use my PS Vita memory card with PS TV or do I need to purchase a separate memory card?
You can use the same memory card if you have the same SEN account on your PS TV as on your PS Vita.

Will the Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 and PULSE Wireless Stereo Headset work on PS TV at launch? What about other wireless headsets?
PS TV will not support the Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0, Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset or the original Wireless Stero Headset. 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.


How can users charge DUALSHOCK 3 or DUALSHOCK 4 controllers? Does PS TV include a charge cable?
Users can charge the DUALSHOCK 4 controller on PS TV using the USB micro charge cable (included with PS4 and available for purchase separately. The DUALSHOCK 3 controller can be charged using a USB mini-B 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. The DUALSHOCK 4 controller will work as normal when using PS4 Remote Play.

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. A maximum of two controllers can be used during PS4 Remote Play. 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.

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PS4 Remote Play


What is PS4 Remote Play?
PS4 Remote Play will enable users to stream their PS4 gameplay to their PS TV system via the network, freeing up the main television in the home 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 PS4 Remote Play work best?
For the best PS4 Remote Play experience, set up a wired connection to your home network. This will give you the fastest and most stable connection. If you’d like to play wirelessly, make sure there is a strong signal on your home network. A wireless connection 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.

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.

Can I play different games at the same time on PS4 and PS TV during PS4 Remote Play?
No. The content shown on PS TV during PS4 Remote Play will match the content shown on the PS4 that you are connected to.

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PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus, and other digital entertainment


Can two people use my account’s content on two different PS TV systems at once?
Yes, this is supported.

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 (services vary by country). Netflix will not be launching for PS TV or PS Vita in Europe. Check PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation social channels for further news and updates.

Will high definition movie and TV episode content for PS TV be available to purchase from the PS Store?
No. Movie and TV episode content available from PS Store for PS TV is standard definition only at this time.

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:

  • Monthly Games  – 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.

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  • “Does PS TV offer sub-accounts? How do they work?”
    When I read that, I thought for a second we would get user account on the Vita, but no luck…

  • The VitaTV could save the PSVita if Sony will advertise is correctly. Since both PSVita and Vita are the same, we can play all the games that the VitaTV can. If the Vita games end up selling good with the launch of the VitaTV (such as KZ:M etc) we COULD see First Party Games on the Vita + VitaTV again.

  • Where’s Netflix Europe then, or Amazon Prime? Or Crunchyroll – If they’re not there, then what’s the point? A network media player doesn’t help much!

    • This. The FAQ is not ultimate until it clearly addresses availability or absence of the Netflix app for the PS TV and Vita.

    • Netflix, Amazon AND the possibility to stream content without any playstation services, some kind of DLNA support is very important for me …

    • Exactly! How many times has this been asked and yet it’s claimed this is all or questions answered. Scee just continue to bury their heads in the sand with every inadequacy they bring to the table

    • OK, The DLNA/Streaming support is confirmed:

      “Will PS TV support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?
      The Network Media Player (coming soon to PS TV and PS Vita) can be used to access media servers over a network. The Network Media Player can be used to view photos and stream music and videos from a media server located on your home network. You can also copy photos, music and video files from the media server to your system.”

    • Still waiting for Netflix to appear on the Vita, looks like it’s never going to happen though, the new Media Server App launched today is totally useless, it won’t detect any of my Media servers on my PC except Windows Media Player, which is totally crap and not used by anybody, it wont detect the PS3 Media Server or the Universal Media Server, which are two of the best media servers around.

  • Any chance of Iplayer?

  • is there any chance of adding emulated touchscreen controls in the future for games such as wipeout 2048 and lumines that only use touchscreen for their menu interface and making them pretty much useless to PSTV

  • If I use a Dualshock 4 with the PS TV, can I use the 3.5mm headphone jack on the controller? For example, with my PS4, I use my V-Moda LP2 as my headphones and use the built in mic to talk to people online. I just plug the headphones in my Dualshock 4, can I still do that with the PS TV?

    • “If I use a Dualshock 4 with the PS TV, can I use the 3.5mm headphone jack on the controller?” – No, you can’t as of now (firmware 3.30). I’m using a DS4 controller with my Vita TV right now.

      But, who knows, maybe they’ll release an update or something.

  • So THIS “console” launch boasts Day One, out of the box, Mp3 playback???……….. gotcha…..

  • If PS TV and PS Vita get media server access does that mean it could make its way to PS4?

  • Hi James :) will we be able to play Japanese and American games on the european PS TV if a game support PS TV?

    • I don’t know about you guys, but I can play certain imported physical US and EU Vita games on my JP account PS Vita TV perfectly fine. I’ve personally tested Persona 4 Golden (US), Deception IV (EU) and Disgaea 4 (EU).

      I’d say the likelihood for you guys is high.

  • ‘If I have purchased PS VITA from Japan or PS TV from North America, can I use my European SEN account?

    From a customer services and compatibility point of view, we recommend that you purchase PS TV in the country you are based.’

    So is that Yes or No?

    • from what I heard

      last Vita update allowed people adding their EU accounts to JP Vita TV.

      So probably YES,

    • I own a Japanese Vita TV and the 3.30 update enabled PSN accounts from most if not all countries that PSN services. The X and O buttons are reversed as usual.

  • There is a question which I haven’t found in the FAQ:
    Does the release of PS TV mean that SCE 1-st Party Studios will once again create titles for PSV/PS TV? Or will you guys just “let” us play japanese-made games, F2P titles and indie?

    • Guess why they changed the name to to Playstation TV? :)

      For them Vita is now part of their shameful history, they want to forget it as fast as they can. Thus they got rid off “Vita” part from the name of this device.

      Don’t worry though! Vita will be fine with support of publishers like NISA.

  • Does it support video playback? If I could plug my hard drive in and play my downloads, I’m all over this.

  • 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 because of the focus on using a TV screen).

    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? Would be a neat feature that would strengthen the correlation between systems.

    Will Vita and PSTV be receiving the PlayStation 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? It’s all well and good having lists on the internet, but if someone who doesn’t really know is in GAME and they buy a Vita game, thinking it will work on PSTV but it isn’t compatible then how will they know? How will the average consumer be able to tell which games are PSTV compatible?

    • And one more question!

      Is it possible to buy a PSTV without the added games? Because they’re pretty useless to a consumer who already owns them, being digital codes. Sure, we can do whatever we want with the code and give it to someone else, but still. It’s adding unnecessarily to the price of the thing for those that don’t want the software.

    • If you want a better deal you sadly have to import.

      You can buy the US solus pack for just $60 (will work out as about £45 after tax)
      Or you can get the megabundle which includes the console, DS3 controller, HDMI lead, memory card and Lego Movie: The Game for $130 (will work out about £90 after tax)

      Europe really got screwed this time around, (we get screwed all the time, but this really bad) double price hardware and when SCEE submits to the pressure regarding the price hike they offer 3 mediocre download titles that could be bought for about £15 in the last Vita sale. Very poor show there from SCEE, I’ll be waiting for a retailer to offer their own bundle deals or a price drop.

    • I was reading through the rest of this mornings gaming news and notice that the US price has changed, it’s no longer $60 for the standalone box, it’s now $100, which is about £65 in real money, so that sort of balances our prices as we have those three games. Would still be nice to have a true standalone without those games as I’m not really that interested in any of them.

  • So with remote play it says pic up where you left of from room to room. If im streaming to twitch in my living room and then move to bedroom via remote play. Will i still be streaming to twitch? Anyone know?

    And also to clarify. I can play COD & Fifa etc online still via remote play as if i hadn’t even left the room the PS4 is originally in?

    If yes to both questions then i seriously cannot wait for this.

    Thank guys

    • Yes to both your questions mate. Remote Play on PS4 isn’t like PS3 where it makes all images only onto the Vita, it’s completely seamless. When I connect up to my PS4, nothing on the PS4s menu or current gaming screen changes whatsoever, it’s just on the Vita that it’s showing a “Connecting” type screen.

      Then when it’s connected, bam, it’s exactly what’s on the tv screen from PS4 and I can just use the Vita as a controller if I wanted.

      My point is it’s completely seamless. You can connect and disconnect without anything affecting whatever game you have running on your PS4. I just advise you pause it maybe before you do it.

      However, although all that IS possible and Remote Play is mind boggingly amazing (I use it when I went to a relatives for a weekend almost 270miles away without any issues) it’s not recommended you use it on games like COD online. Fast speed twitch dependant gaming isn’t suited to it. It doesn’t matter how fast your internet or what device you’re using, to stream games over any kind of connection means latency and latency just isn’t suited to games like COD online no matter how small that latency is.

      Single player COD might be ok. But online? Nah.

      But for every other kind of game, it’s been absolutely sensational for me and really does back up Gaikai’s claim that Sony now has gamings fastest network.

    • Ahhhhhh, actually, just realised you asked about twitch streaming. Nah, that’s not possible in Remote Play mate. You’re already streaming to your Vita/PStv see? Game capturing/sharing is still all available n unaffected.

      But no, streaming isn’t compatible during Remote Play

  • I have one question:

    When you will let people buy Vita – TV cable? We know that Vita 1k has the ability to be connected to TV. The so called “mystery port” exist for that single reason (you got rid of it in Vita 2k). The only missing thing is 1. cable 2. system update.

    To others.
    Before you order Vita TV in EU please consider importing one from JP. Just take a look at this:

    It is old limited edition of Vita TV including: Dualshock 3 , Danganronpa 1/2 and marvelous looking Vita TV.
    ALL OF THIS FOR THE PRICE OF JUST 83 EURO! It cost only 83 EUR in one of the most expensive countries to live in. That’s right! There is no good justification for making people pay 100 EUR. Sure there is risk of paying customs, but still you will pay about 100 EUR for versions which are far better (I mean those limited edition) than any offered by SCEE.

    You can import via Amazon JP standard edition of Vita TV for ¥11,300 (80 EUR) anytime you want with delivery costing only ¥1000 (7 EUR)

    Don’t let them rob you! Support your own wallet not SCEE.

    • Edit: aha just in case, the one I gave link to was limited edition you can no longer buy it. But probably as JP knows how to treat their customers they will have more of those nice looking limited editions. Be patient :)

    • If I remember correctly, if you import VitaTV from Japan or US, you can’t use your EU account on it and play your games that are PAL versions. So it’s not that easy to just import it.

    • @Nazar_Ops
      That was true untill Vita 3.30 update, I heard that it allowed adding NA/EU account to Vita TV

    • I kinda wish I could get a “Vita TV” instead of a “PlayStation TV”, really. I’d be all over that Danganronpa special edition Vita TV if, on top of those slim 83 euros, I wouldn’t be charged of fat customs duty, which I will, should I chose to actually import that thing from Japan… *sigh*

    • Thought I’d chip in another great deal here. In the US you can pick up the PSTV Megabundle which includes the console itself, dualshock 3, HDMI lead, memory card and a copy of Lego Move: The Game for just £90 or just the console itself for about £45

      I want see an American and a Japanese gamer show up in these threads and thank us for paying our price hike so that they can both enjoy this gens games at last gens prices, not to mention being able to buy new hardware at a reasonable price while we pay almost double.

  • On the US Site it says “network media player” will not be coming to ps tv or ps vita, but here it does strange


      Jokes aside, perhaps SCEA isn’t going to mention it until the feature’s actually rolled out. I don’t see why system software functionality like this would work within one region and not another.

  • Since your own FAQ doesn’t answer one of its own questions, does the Media Player support DLNA?

    YES or NO

    “Will PS TV support media servers or DLNA support in order to stream videos or movies from a home PC?
    The Network Media Player (coming soon to PS TV and PS Vita) can be used to access media servers over a network. The Network Media Player can be used to view photos and stream music and videos from a media server located on your home network. You can also copy photos, music and video files from the media server to your system.”

    • To answer my own question, I went and looked at the slightly more succinct US blog post which says “no”…

      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.

  • What about remote play party chat? As it stands, on PSVita you can’t party chat on PS4 whilst in remote play (big disappointment). The PSVita kicks you out of the party app as soon as you start remote play. What they’re saying now is that PSTV is the same principle, you have a party app. The way I see it, PSTV is just a PSVita but with HDMI output and DS support.

  • Will you be restocking the 32GB memory cards to retailers for launch? or at least officially launching the 64GB memory card for PAL territories.

  • What audio modes will the PSTV support over HDMI? 7.1, 5.1, Stereo?

    Also, will the Media Player App be released for PS4 too?

    • For native Vita games on the PSTV it’s stereo only; after all, I don’t think they would make any Vita games that utilise 7.1 sound, when the handheld Vita only has L and R speakers.

  • Once again a Vita TV skips the really bug question. Why is it twice as expensive in Europe as it is in the US? And why do Sony think 3 games that were available in the latest Vita sale for a combined cost 18 quid (with 20% being the biggest reduction) makes up for 40 quid price hike?

  • Saying it again since anyone missed it on last Playstation TV post:
    My Playstation Mobile games are hopefully duelshock 3 and 4 compatible, these games are under the developer name ‘StephenAllen’ and currently are a 3D Horse game, Raptors, Ocean crafting, Managa horror and hopefully another one before PSTV is released.
    Its likely these games will get an update too as soon as i get my hands on a Vita Tv just to polish the controls and make sure i have not missed anything :)
    Thanks for reading! – Steve.

  • We have two PS4 consoles in the house, neither in the lounge, can two separate ps4 consoles and hence accounts use the same PStv?

    • I imagine it’ll work like Vita remote play and you have to pair it a PS4 first. So yeah, I’m gonna say it’s possible but you’ll have to go through that pairing process every time you switch from one to the other.

      Might not be ideal.

  • We can play God of War Collection in PS TV. What about Jak & Daxter HD Collection, Ratchet & Clank Trilogy and Sly Collection? Theye aren’t in the list…

  • Does the PSTV include a memory card for the 3 games? If so, which type?

  • Do I have to pair my PS4 controller to my PSTV and PS4 every time i need to switch between one or the other?
    Is there a quick way to do this, or do I have to have a separate controller in the bedroom for quick access?

  • Why are you guys so against allowing multiple user accounts on the Vita? :(

    It’s really disappointing.

  • If this had supported multiple user accounts, I would definitely have got one. (I still will, if it’s added later.) But for now you can count me as a lost sale, sadly.

  • Why are there differences between the regional compatible games lists?
    While Sony Computer Entertainment is a global organisation, as a business we take every measure to provide for the local requirements of individual markets. As such there may be variations between game lists in different regions.

    Sorry, but this doesn’t wash.

    The only reason a game should not be compatible is due to touchscreen issues. Any game that works on a US model should work on a European model. I can understand you not including niche Japanese titles that have never been released outside Japan on the Western lists, as only hardcore importers are likely to have them.

    But really – can we have an explanation as to why these massive International releases, some of the biggest games on PSP/Vita are not listed as compatible on the EU list.

    Soul Sacrifice & Soul Sacrifice Delta – listed as compatible in Japan.
    This is one of the biggest first party games on Vita that you’ve released. You cannot tell me that this will work in Japan only, and that Western gamers will get a big “non-compatible” error screen.

    Final Fantasy 1 to X/X-2, Tactics and Dissidia – listed as compatible in both the US and Japan
    The biggest and most popular RPG series ever produced, and only two of these games have touchscreen controls, minimal and non-essential at that. Moreover, this has been listed as compatible for the American market.

    Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together – listed as compatible in both the US and Japan.
    One of the most popular and biggest strategy RPGs on PSP. This is a classic title, so there should be no compatibility issues whatsoever.

    Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – listed as compatible in Japan.
    Shot straight to the top of the PSN charts on release, and with virtually no touchscreen controls. There should be no reason why this popular game shouldn’t work.

    There are others, but these are the most glaring omissions.

    This should not be a licensing issue, as this is not a new console, it’s just a Vita slim with the screen removed. There should be no PSOne or PSP classic titles that aren’t compatible, as none of them have touchscreen issues. For Vita games, as the US and EU game files are invariably identical, and patches are region free, so the only games that shouldn’t work are games such as Gravity Rush, which rely on touchscreen controls.

    Please confirm that these omissions are simply errors, and that these titles aren’t being deliberately disabled for Europeans.

    • Very well said, I will be very disappointed if games that work on the US PS TV wouldn’t work on the European model.

  • Please implement multiple account support. I have no interest in this otherwise.

  • Please add Netflix and Amazon. Add Triple A Vita Games Mike unchartet vor wipeout with the Ds4 we have touch controlls. At least loser the price for memory cards. Thank you. Stop false advertising…its Vita TV.

    Otherwise i have to buy an AppleTv.

  • I’m worried this might be Sony’s answer to media streaming, forcing people with ps4s who want media streaming on their ps4s to buy this instead, I want my ps4 to do all this, not some other random box that’s costs to much.

  • For the PS4 remote play do you need a Dualshock4 or does the third one suffice? In case the later does the job, how do you emulate touch pad clicks (open menu in Diablo 3 or wake up ghost in Destiny)?

  • The FAQ says that party chat is supported during remote play, which is not a working feature on the Vita. Is this a typo or is this accurate?

  • No Netflix, no buy.

    What is the use of such a small streambox when EU doesn’t have the Netflix app? Besides PSTV we finally need to get it on our Vita’s too. Why does USA have it and EU still doesn’t have it? Makes no sense.

    Will you finally answer questions on Netflix, until now I’ve only seen mods dodging questions about it. Its time to speak up Sony now that PSTV releases. It needs Netflix, pronto

  • Quick question, maybe I missed it. Does the PSTV stream DTS and Dolby Digital while playing games vis PS4 remote play? Or is it just 2 channel stereo? Thanks

  • It is mentioned, that with Dualshock 3 we can use touch features, but how will that work? Will it be like holding R2/L2 will make analog sticks to move as fingers on front/rear touch pad and then X button will “touch” or what? Or it’s just a typo in FAQ above.

  • Will I be able to use the PS4 an PS TV at the same time with different accounts? So me and my brother can play together, using our own monitors?

  • I didn’t see this addressed above and I’m pretty sure the answer is no, but: does the device support multiple profiles (like PS3/PS4)? I’ve yet to find a concrete answer anywhere, but I get the feeling it’ll be limited to a single user like the Vita itself, which would be quite unfortunate.

  • Quote” If I have purchased PS VITA from Japan or PS TV from North America, can I use my European SEN account?

    From a customer services and compatibility point of view, we recommend that you purchase PS TV in the country you are based.”

    I have the JP Vita TV & account. But I want to know if I can use my NA account after US release?

    • You can use your US account now but you have to restore the Vita TV to default settings disabling the JP account. You can’t use the PSN store yet though.

    • “I have the JP Vita TV & account. But I want to know if I can use my NA account after US release?” – You already can, as of firmware 3.30. I have a friend who is using his US account on his Japanese Vita TV.

      There’s no US PSN store yet, because they haven’t made a US storefront for the Vita TV at this stage. This will change once the device is actually released in the US.

  • this is a joke.. i do not understadn the point of this… if sony had put an SD slot to the vita, the sale would have been better, but no proprietary format to make a lots of money … 100 euros for 64 Gb.. what a joke … sony put a bullet in their foot taking this option, too bad because the vita is a great device on it’s own, ( not talking about the second joke wich is Ps vita 2000.. )

  • Uh, as a Vita owner, is there a reason for me to buy this device?

  • If I purchase a digital copy of assassins creed rogue will I be able to play this through the PS TV?

    • If it is on a memory card that is linked to the same account as the PS TV then you should be able to use that memory card on the device (if the game is compatible as per their list).

  • Does remote play work over the internet similar to my vita?

  • I must have missed it but can the PS TV play my physical Vita games?

    • As long as they are on the compatibility list it should – they apparently have a Vita game slot (it is a Vita TV in all but name after all).

  • The only question I actually have wasn’t answered :(

    Will the DS4 audio port work with PS TV the same way it does with the PS4? This pretty much decided whether I buy one or not…

  • Will games compatible with the US version work on the European version of PS TV? As titles such as Borderlands 2 and Final Fantasy X HD aren’t listed on the European games list.

    • I tried FFX and I can confirm to you that it didn’t work. On the other hand, P4G works because it’s on the list. My guess is that SCEE need to enable the games in further firmware updates. However this is unacceptable as the US compatibility list is heaps bigger than the EU/PAL list. They need to fix this or they will lose customers.

  • will it pick up local tv stations like playtv?

  • Still using proprietary memory cards I see… guess I won’t be getting one after all.

  • Can I use remote play outside my home network?
    If I connect the PS TV at another house and use their internet, can I connect to my playstation at home and remote play it?

    Same question for the ps vita? Can I remote play using a different internet connection outside of home network?

    • Yes – some of them will run slow depending on connection speed etc (as someone noted above multi-player CoD is a bit iffy this way).

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