PS Vita TV is Sony's new spin on streamingSony's new micro console plays Vita games and streams PS4 games, Microsoft gets ready to reveal new Surface tablets, and Xbox Music expands to more devices -- right before iTunes Music launches.
Move over Ouya and watch out Apple TV. Sony has a new type of streaming box for gaming. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. Sony unveiled a new device for your television that streams movies, shows, and games. It's the PS Vita TV, and this box plays PS Vita games. You just need a PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 controller to operate it. It has a slot for Vita games, and it also includes a USB port, Bluetooth, 1 gig of internal storage, Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port. This box can also stream games from a nearby PlayStation or it will stream video services like Hulu. There was no US launch date given yet. It arrives in Japan on November 14th, and it costs about $100. This is an interesting product because we are seeing more streaming video game devices, but none that offer PlayStation quality games. Streaming both video and games is an area right for growth. Even Apple is looking into plain app games on the TV. Sony also showed off a new version of the Vita handheld console. It's called the PS Vita 2000. It's 20 percent thinner, 15 percent lighter, and comes with 1 gig of on-board storage, and it also comes in 6 different colors. Sony also says it improved the battery life. It's first going on sale in Japan in October, priced at around $200, which is the same as what the current version costs. If you're in the market for a tablet or a new PC, you might wanna hang tight for a few weeks. Microsoft is announcing new versions of the Surface tablet on the morning of Monday, September 23rd, in New York City. We're expecting these upgraded versions to go on sale when Windows 8.1 launches on October 18th, and right before Apple launches iTunes Music, Microsoft announced Xbox Music is now available as an app for iOS and Android devices, and it's also available for free streaming on the web. The music service was previously only available for Windows users and through the Xbox 360. For $10 a month, the Xbox Music Pass gives app listeners access to 30 million songs. The free web version comes with ads. The next time you're shopping for a home appliance like a dishwasher vacuum or even a smart toaster oven, be sure to do some research on CNET because we are now your source for appliance reviews. We are entering the age of the Internet-connected kitchen and laundry room, but many smaller appliances are also going high tech like thermostats that learn your habits and door locks you can control with a smartphone. Many of these things may sound cool, but we're here to make sense of it all and make sure you upgrade wisely. That's your tech news update. For more on these stories, you can head to CNET.com/update and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.