PS Vita TV streaming game box not coming to the UK or US

The PS Vita TV, a little grey box that connects to your telly and lets you play Vita games on the big screen, won't be coming to Europe or the US.

Sony's new set-top box is skipping the UK -- at least for now. The PS Vita TV, a little grey box that connects to your telly and lets you play Vita games on the big screen, won't be coming to Europe or the US, according to Sony's gaming boss Andrew House.

Announced last week , the Vita TV can stream from the upcoming PS4 to a TV in another room and works with the PS3's DualShock 3 controller. It can access Sony's online gaming store too, and play games for the PS Vita, PSP and PS1, with PS3 support possible .

Talking to the Nikkei's Tech-On website, House said the Vita TV was planned for Japan, China, Korea and other Asian countries, but not yet for the US and UK.

It's hitting Japan first, House says, because there's no dominant video-streaming company there, so Sony thinks its box's gaming chops can capture some viewers for its own movie service. The US and UK are well served by Netflix and other companies, such as Amazon's LoveFilm, so Sony would have a hard time attracting viewers if the Vita TV doesn't support those services.

The Vita TV is a nifty little gadget, just 6cm by 10cm, and costing a reasonable ¥9,480 (£60). A 'value pack', which includes an 8GB memory card and a DualShock 3 controller, goes for ¥14,280 (£90).

Sony's latest handheld, the Vita, recently got a price cut -- you can bag the Wi-Fi version for as little as £144 now, or a bundle with 10 games on an 8GB memory card for £169. My colleague Danny O'Dwyer recently did a cool video about the much-maligned system over at GameSpot. Check it out!

The company's top of the line PlayStation 4 hits the UK very soon too , on 29 November. It'll set you back £349.

Are you bummed about the PS Vita TV? Will you be getting the PS4 this year, or waiting for more games? Play around in the comments, or over on our playful Facebook page.

 

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