Is There Room For Playstation TV? (Best Buy Doesn't Think So)

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?

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  • "PSTV’s native and PS3/PS4 streaming game capabilities"

    Well that needs extremem clarification. Can stream Playstation Now which is a service to launch in the future that will support only PS3 games initially, with possible future plans for PS1/PS2 games. No plan for any PS4 games to be streamed.

    It CAN stream your PS4 console over the Internet/LAN(Router)/wifi(direct)/ethernet(direct) to the PS TV much like the VITA. So, they are separate things. Makes it sound like this will either be able to stream the PS3 to the PS TV or PS4 Games through the direct PS Now service. As of now, both are incorrect.

  • Put it in a 'stick' format that plugs directly into a HDMI port (powered by a USB cable) like the Chromecast and we'll talk.

  • Seems like they are late to the party, and I don't think bundling video games will be enough in the end to push them over the top in America. Time will tell though...

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