Sony brings gaming to US and Europe for $99 with Playstation TV

Sony announced this week that it has sold a staggering ten million PlayStation 4 consoles since launching the device last year. The news came after it recently emerged that the PlayStation 3 and 4 are together outselling Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One by over 3-to-1

The company will be understandably keen to extend its lead over Microsoft even further, especially as its rival has been working hard to close the gap, first doubling Xbox One sales with a lower-cost Kinect-free model, and adding new upcoming features for its latest console. But although it has apparently given up on its mobile gaming dreams, with the effective termination of its PlayStation for Android initiative, Sony is now poised to expand its living room presence instead. 

As BBC News reports, Sony has confirmed plans to launch PlayStation TV in the United States and Europe later this year. The device has been available in Japan since last year, but it will go on sale this autumn in other parts of the world. 

Unlike other streaming boxes - like Apple TV and Roku's devices - PlayStation TV can not just handle video streaming, but is also designed to support gaming, via the company's PlayStation Now game-streaming service. In the United States, gamers will be able to enjoy this feature on the PlayStation TV at launch, but PS Now will not be available in Europe until some time next year. 

The PS TV will go on sale in the US on October 14 for $99 USD, and in Europe on November 14 for €99 EUR, and will include a selection of free games. 

Wider availability of the PlayStation TV will expose a large gap in the Xbox range, particularly on the pricing front. The cheapest Xbox 360 still costs around twice the price of the PS TV, and is still ostensibly a gaming machine with entertainment add-ons. The PS TV may be positioned to target those looking for a primary entertainment device for the living room with support for occasional gaming, and at half the price of the Xbox 360, it may well find a sizeable market of potential buyers.

Microsoft was rumored to be working on an 'Xbox TV' low-cost set-top box a couple of years, but that device never materialized. 

Source: BBC News | image via Sony

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Now lets get reliable fast connections in the US! Oh, wait, sorry Comcast I shouldn't have said that PLEASE DON'T DROP MY CONN.......dns errors detected

Crisp said,
Playstation TV only supports 720p / 2ch. I would have picked one up for streaming movies otherwise.

It supports 1080i and 480p as well. If all you want is to stream movies though then a Chromecast is a better deal at $35 and it supports 1080p. For gaming 720p is fine since the thing plays Vita games and the Vita as < 720p and Remote Play from the PS4 only supports 720p.

Even though this seems like a good idea, I have to wonder who this product is for. I would think people who only want entertainment would go with Roku, Apple TV, or Chromecast while those who want the gaming would go all the way with a PS3 or PS4.

Stryker297 said,
Even though this seems like a good idea, I have to wonder who this product is for. I would think people who only want entertainment would go with Roku, Apple TV, or Chromecast while those who want the gaming would go all the way with a PS3 or PS4.

Those who want the gaming probably can't afford to buy a $400 PS4 for every TV in their house. That's the case with me at least. I have a PS4 in the living room but I plan to get the PlayStation TV for my other TV in the "office". If the gf is watching TV in the living room I can just stream my PS4 games into the "office" and play them without having to buy two PS4s. If she's playing the PS4 I can still play Vita games, PlayStation Now games, or use it for streaming media.

Innervisions33 said,
Or move your PS4 from one room to the other.... it's a great option to have!

Sure I could do that, but that doesn't cover the streaming entertainment and Vita game capabilities that the PS TV provides even if someone else is playing the PS4 in the other room. I live in a 3 story townhouse so it's also worth $100 for me to not have to constantly move my PS4 back and forth between TVs. I'm not saying it's for everyone, the OP asked who the product was for and I gave him an example. Maybe it's not for you, that's fine.

Sorry, my post was poorly worded...

Here is what you said: "If the gf is watching TV in the living room I can just stream my PS4 games into the "office" and play them without having to buy two PS4s."

My post was a continuation of that: ".... Or move your PS4 from one room to the other.... it's a great option to have!"

Sorry for the confusion!

This kinda reminds me of Android smartwatches where there's an extension in its specific use. But it's not even close to that, I know.