Sony is not planning to offer the PS Vita TV set-top box in the US and UK “at this point”, for now it’s remaining a Japanese exclusive.
According to Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) President and CEO, the PS Vita TV will not be arriving on British or American shores in the near future.
“SCE will release the PS Vita TV in Japan November 14 and in other countries after that,” said House. “The reason why it will be launched in Japan earlier than in other countries is that there is no leading company in Japan’s video streaming market. The company is planning to sell the PS Vita in China, South Korea, etc, but not in the US and European market at this point.”
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for gaming enthusiasts outside Asia, as President of Sony Worldwide Studios for SCE Shuhei Yoshida said details of a worldwide PS Vita TV release date are coming soon.
“For people wondering about PS Vita TV outside Japan, we are just saying now ‘PS Vita TV releasing first in Japan’. Stay tuned,” he tweeted.
The PS Vita is a set-top box that connects to your TV via a HDMI cable and allows you to play games developed for the PS Vita, PlayStation One, and PSP.
“In the future, SCE will offer games developed for the PS3 to PS4 and PS3 by using a cloud-based game distribution service. Technically, the PS Vita TV can support such games. Therefore, SCE is considering providing PS3 games to the PS Vita TV by using the service in the future.”
Sony is targeting casual gamers and families with its PS Vita TV, which will complement the PS4 for core gamers.
“For casual gamers, there is the “PS Mobile” game distribution service for smartphones and tablet computers. In other words there are two ‘entrances’ to the PlayStation platform that SCE offers for casual users. Of the two entrances, the PS Vita TV allows [you] to enjoy the PlayStation world more in the true sense. It is because game controllers such as the DualShock 3 can be used.”
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