If you’re looking to dive deep into the PlayStaiton family of consoles, or perhaps just gain access to your PlayStation 4 from two rooms in the house, then there is a promotion at GameStop this week that you might want to take a look at. In short, it gives you a free PlayStation TV with the purchase of a PlayStation 4.
To be crystal clear here, the ad actually states that you need to buy a PlayStation 4, as well as a year subscription to PlayStation Plus, in order to net your free PlayStation micro-console. Then again, if you’re planning on picking up a PS4, you’ll probably want to grab a PS Plus subscription, too, so it’s not like they’re really shoehorning some random accessory into the deal here.
The PlayStation TV actually cost 80 bucks on its own so, if you’re planning on getting a PS4 soon anyway, that’s not exactly a bad deal. You’ll have the big console ready to roll in the living room, then the tiny console ready to play some old school games and stream PS4 content in, say, the bedroom (Or bathroom, if you’re rolling in TV-in-the-bathroom money).
For those of you unfamiliar with the PSTV, it’s a palm-sized console that can be used to play games purchased on PSN, as well as digital versions of PlayStation Vita games. There’s also a Vita card slot on the side of the device, if you’d rather save that hard drive space for PSone classics like Resident Evil or downloadable games like Stardust.
Along with all of that, you’ll have access to various apps and services like PlayStation Now, giving you streaming access to even more games from the PS3 era, like God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us or the Uncharted series.
If you still don’t have enough content to play on that tiny device, you can also use the PSTV to stream content from your PS4 which, assuming you’re using this GameStop promotion, you just purchased. Congratulations. So if someone wants to watch TV in the living room, you can still jump into a game of Destiny from the other room, beaming your PS4’s signal to the PSTV.
There is one more small catch, though: You need a PlayStation 3 controller to use the PSTV. I know, it’s obnoxious that it doesn’t use the PS4 controller, but there you have it. Thankfully, one of those can be found for pretty cheap these days, assuming you don’t already have one lying around the house.
While I see this as a pretty cool deal, it also speaks volumes for how well (or unwell, I suppose) the PlayStation TV did here in the States.