[Interview] SCE President Speaks of PS Vita TV

2013/09/12 10:26
Tadashi Nezu, Nikkei Electronics
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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCE) offered a round table interview with SCE President and CEO Andrew House to reporters Sept 10, 2013.

Responding to the reporters' questions, House spoke of the "PlayStation (PS) 4" next-generation stationary game console, a new model of the "PS Vita" portable game console and the "PlayStation (PS) Vita TV," which can be connected to a TV for using video services and playing games.

PS3 games might be distributed for PS Vita TV using cloud computing

House: The "PS Vita TV" is like a small set-top box (STB) that allows to play various games. It is connected to a TV via an HDMI cable. With the PS Vita TV, it is possible to download not only games developed for the PS Vita but also games developed for the first-generation PlayStation and PSP via the Internet.

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.

In addition to games, web browsing and e-mail, the PS Vita TV supports video distribution services, flat-rate music distribution services and electronic book distribution services.

Targeted at families, casual gamers

House: Google Inc's "Chromecast," Apple Inc's "Apple TV," etc are considered as rivals to the PS Vita TV. As an advantage of the PS Vita TV, SCE emphasizes that it allows to use a variety of games.

At this point, more than 1,300 titles of games in various categories can be played. They have a wide price range, making it easy for users to buy them. With the lineup and prices, we can reasonably expect that the PS Vita TV will gain in popularity.

The PS Vita TV was developed mainly for those who have fun with contents with family members in a living room. The concept of the PS Vita TV was created in about August 2011, four months before the release of the PS Vita. After that, SCE discussed it many times and started the development of the PS Vita TV in earnest about a year ago.

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