On October the 23rd Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia held a press event in Tokyo to formally introduce the PS Vita TV to several Japanese media outlets. The result is that today the Japanese internet lit up with tons of detailed pictures and information about the upcoming TV-based variant of the PS Vita, that will hit the shelves of the archipelago of the raising sun on November the 14th.
First of all, below you can see a large batch of pictures of the console, its power brick, its controller, its user interface and settings, and how it looks playing Knack in remote play with a PS4, playing God Eater 2 on a normal TV and on a fantastic 64 inches BRAVIA X9200A 4K TV (you can distinguish it from the rest of the screenshots because it’s enormous, especially compared to the diminutive size of the Vita TV, and the sky in level showcased on the screen has a reddish/orange hue) and even on the new HMZ-T3 head mounted display by Sony. You can even see how PS1 classics look and a size comparison with an iPhone and a journalist’s breast pocket.
First of all, we learn a few interesting pieces of info from the settings menu. The console can support up to two DualShock 3 controllers simultaneously and there’s even a setting for plugging in an external keyboard. We can also see the setting for the screen resolution(atomatic, 480p, 720p and 1080i) and the display area setup. What’s most interesting is that there is a setting to use the L3 and R3 inputs on the controller as a “virtual touch”, corresponding to the back touch panel and the front touch screens of the portable PS Vita.
The reports of the journalists involved in the press events are quite glowing: the picture on the screen is defined nice and crisp, and even in remote play with the PS4 it’s hard to notice the difference with the original console despite the lower resolution (720p). There’s also no noticeable latency.
You’d imagine that, when played on a 4K TV, the quality of the picture would be quite poor, with pixels as big as your thumb, but according to the reports this is not the case. Of course the Vita TV is not nearly able to output the picture in 4K resolution, but the upscaler built into the TV managed to display a crisp and clean picture.
From all the sources I could find, looks like the Japanese press is definitely impressed with the PS Vita TV. Now all we need is Sony to announce a western release, because I really, really want this little gem. What about you?