With the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4, few have noticed a quiet revolution taking place in Japan. Namely, the PlayStation Vita TV, a nearly palm-sized multi-media device that is Sony’s answer to Apple TV. Offering a limited, albeit growing, library of Apps and streaming services, Sony’s Vita TV also supports online access to PSOne, PSP, and PS Vita games, with plans to include PS 3 games in the near future. Although the Vita TV has several limitations, a 720p output, an occasionally ill-fitting display on larger TV sets, and the need to purchase a separate dual analog PlayStation controller, Sony’s attempt to compete against Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast is a step in the right direction given the strong possibility that stand-alone gaming consoles will be obsolete within the next decade.
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