Ouya isn’t the only company that thinks a $99 video game console for bringing mobile games to your TV is a good idea. Sony has unveiled a tiny game console that lets you play games designed for the portable PlayStation Vita console on a big screen.
It’s called the PlayStation Vita TV, and it’s expected to go on sale in Japan in November for about $100.
Not only can you use the little guy to play PS Vita games on your TV, but it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to bring the internet to your TV.
It supports the Sony Music Unlimited and Sony Video Unlimited subscription-based media services, as well as Hulu, Twitter, Sony Reader (for eBooks), and some other Japanese media services including Tsutaya TV and Nico Nico Douga.
If you have a Sony PlayStation 4 in one room of your house, you can also use the PlayStation Vita TV as an extender, letting you play PS4 games in a different room.
Not every PlayStation Vita game will run on the Vita TV. Games that involve touchscreen controls, for instance, won’t work because the DualShock controller doesn’t have a touch surface. You can find a list of supported titles at the PlayStation Japan website.
The PlayStation Vita TV measures about about 3.9″ x 2.4″ and features Ethernet, USB, HDMI, and memory card slots. You can use an ordinary PlayStation controller with the tiny console, or you can pay a little extra (around $150) for a bundle that incldues a storage card and a controller.