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PlayStation TV finally has a release date, hitting U.S. and Canadian store shelves mid-October with “nearly 700 games” available day one, according to the official announcement. If you’re looking for a different way to get your gaming fix, this might very well be the tiny console you’ve been looking for.
According to the PlayStation Blog, gamers can look to hook up a PlayStation TV to their, um, TV, starting Oct. 14. SCEA VP of Platforms Marketing, John Koller, said that the box will retail for $99.99, and feature games like the first-person shooter, Killzone: Mercenary, as well as Persona 4 Golden and PSone Classic, Metal Gear Solid.
“Our library will continue to expand, with other fan favorites like Minecraft and more,” Koller added. “We’re proud to bring such a broad array of content from multiple PlayStation platforms to PS TV, a small console with great value.”
If you’re looking to spend a little bit more cash on launch day, you can also snag a bundle for $139.99 that includes the PS TV system, a Dualshock 3 controller, an 8 GB memory card and The Lego Movie Videogame. Walmart will offer the exact same bundle at the same price, too, as well as a copy of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for a limited time.
If you’ve already got a PlayStation console, then this new gadget might not be all that appealing to you. Then again, as an inexpensive way to introduce an extra console to your home, maybe what you’re seeing here will pique your interest. I could see the PS TV also serving well for parents who don’t want to dive into the deep end of console gaming with their kids, as well as those who have yet to buy a PS Vita or PSP but are interested in some of the consoles’ landmark titles. Along with those games mentioned above, playable games on launch day will include the God of War Collection, Dragon’s Crown, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, Patapon and Spelunky, just to name a few.
While loads of games can be downloaded directly to the PS TV (so you’ll probably want to upgrade that 8GB memory card before diving in), select PlayStation Vita games can actually be inserted into the console like normal. Other console lineups include games from the PSP, as well as the original PlayStation home console.
With PS Now coming to PS TV at some point in the future, you’ll also be able to stream PlayStation 3 games directly to the console. And, similar to the PS Vita itself, PS Tv will allow you to stream PS4 content via Remote Play. So, if someone wants to watch live TV in the living room, where you just so happen to have your PS4 hooked up, you can stream your games to the PS TV in the bedroom, no problem.
Look for PlayStation TV to hit store shelves Oct. 14.