At $143, the PS Vita TV is a complete non-portable variant of the PlayStation Vita console system. Instead of featuring a display screen, the console connects to a television via HDMI. Users can play using a DualShock 3 controller, although due to the difference in features between the controller and the handheld, certain games are not compatible with PS Vita TV, such as those that are dependent on the system’s touch-screen, rear touchpad, microphone or camera. The device is said to be compatible with over 100 Vita games, as well as various digital PlayStation Portable, PlayStation and PC Engine titles. Continue reading for a video and more information.

The PS Vita TV matches the Apple TV on price while offering a far more robust gaming proposition. Apple is rumored to be planning significant software enhancements for its set-top box that could possibly come at Tuesday’s press event, but these are so far not expected to involve gaming.

If Sony can offer a similar content lineup for the PS Vita TV in the West – the initial announcement is focused on Japan, which exists in an entirely different media landscape – Apple may have a serious new competitor on its hands.

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