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CNET First Look
PlayStation TV is essentially Vita for your TVIt's Vita for your TV, and while that might sound great on paper, PlayStation TV suffers from lackluster performance and features.
Hey everyone I'm Jeff Bakalar. Right now I'm checking out the Playstation TV. So if you don't know what exactly PS TV is, it's a little box that can play Vita games directly off of those old Vita game cards. Or play games off of Playstation Vita memory cards. It can also stream Playstation 4 games over your home network using a Playstation 4 and the remote play feature. Anything you've ever downloaded for your Vita, even TV shows and movies, you can also watch and they'll work on Playstation TV as long as you're signed into your Sony account. Basically this little guy right here is a Vita without a screen but instead it's got an HDMI port and an ethernet port that instead plugs into your television instead of carrying around a Vita with you. It comes in two different SKUs, a $100 one for just the system. An $140 bundle that also includes Dualshock 3 controller, an 8-gigabyte memory card, and a Lego Movie game voucher. Both SKUs also come with an HDMI cable, which is pretty great. Like I said, this is mostly a vDesk. Even the onscreen interface is nearly identical to a vDesk. You can play your own media from a memory card on the Playstation TV as well, but what you can't do, and this is a big can't, you can't use streaming apps like Netflix or Hulu Plus. There's other apps that are missing, and for right now you can only use apps like Crackle and Crunchyroll, and that's what's gonna be available for day one. Another feature of Play Station TV is the Play Station now service, which allows you to stream games over the internet with a legacy of Play Station 3 and Play Station 1 titles. That works right out of the box as well, and you can also use a dual shock four if you have one for your PS4 with the Play Station TV. And that just about does it for Playstation TV. I guess what you have to ask yourself is do you want a Beta for your television that can play only some of those crucial media streaming apps. That's the big decision. So, in the $140 bundle the DualShock 3 is included in that. You will need a controller to operate the PlayStation TV. You can also use a DualShock 4 with your PlayStation 4 and stream PlayStation 4 games. So that about does it for PlayStation TV. I guess you have to ask yourself, do you want Evita for your television. That actually can't play some of those crucial media streaming apps. That's what you gotta ask yourself. For cnet.com, I'm Jeff Bakalar. This has been PlayStation TV. [MUSIC]