Amongst the various E3 gaming convention announcements is news that Sony intends to bring PlayStation TV to US shores this fall. Introduced in 2013 as PlayStation Vita TV (review), Sony appropriately drops “Vita” branding given its generally poor mobile market reception and the PSTV’s broader capabilities. Part TV streamer, that will surely replace Sony’s unsuccessful line of Roku competitors, and gaming system, PSTV will be priced at Fire TV equivalency: $100 for the base system, add $40 if you’d prefer the gaming controller upsell.
But is there room in the market for yet another television box? According to BBYInsider, Best Buy doesn’t think so and has no plans to carry PlayStation TV alongside the Rokus, Fire TVs, Apple TVs, and more lucrative “real” gaming consoles. Of course, we’re still several months from launch and Sony has yet to announce likely app partners like Netflix and Pandora. Further, PSTV’s native and PS3/PS4 streaming game capabilities may ultimately win over both Best Buy and consumers. Will you be picking one up this holiday season?