It’s bad news for Japanese gaming fans today, as Sony decides to stop the shipment of their famous PlayStation Vita TV to the Pacific-based island nation.
The company introduced their product on the Japanese market in November 2013 and, since it hasn’t been selling as well as expected, the Sony execs decided to pull the plug on this one.
According to official reports, today will be the last day of shipping for all PlayStation TVs in Japan. Therefore, if you’ve been a long-time fan of this product, but never got around to purchasing it, you should probably hurry up and get your hands on one, before they disappear off the shelves. You can still find it online for about £60.
We don’t know yet if this decision will apply for other countries, as well, as no further announcements were made on this topic. Nevertheless, the company representatives did say that in Japan the PS4 and the PS Vita are selling incredibly well, which leaves the PlayStation TV an unjustified product in this context.
The PlayStation TV is a microconsole that can be connected to the TV, allowing users to play Vita games or PS4 games on their televisions, through a Remote Play system.
Even though it was compatible with a large number of games from the PlayStation Vita library, it did not offer a Netflix streaming app, which represented a disadvantage for some users.
Nevertheless, the product did find a clientele in people who preferred playing video games on a wider screen and do it without having to pay too much for it.
Even though the visual fidelity of this product has been much appreciated, the mini-console does require a powerful Wi-Fi connection in order to use the Remote Play option.
It can be controlled through the DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 and it accepts a wide variety of PlayStation Vita games and applications. Nevertheless, there are certain features which are not compatible with the device, such as the microphone and the gyroscope.
In terms of hardware, the product is almost the same as the PS TV, the only difference being that it comes in white and not black, as it is in other countries. In the first week after its release, Vita TV sold just 42,000 units, much less than what Sony execs had expected.
The non-handheld version of the PlayStation Vita game console is still available in North America, Europe and Australasia, however users shouldn’t be surprised if shipments of this product will be discontinued in these areas, as well.
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