I’ve been a fan of the PlayStation brand ever since my parents got one for the house when I was a little kid. It sort of became mine since I played it the most, but that’s not the point. I’ve had a PSone, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS4, and a PS Vita. I’ve not had all of the many variations, such as the different sizes and whatnot, but console wise I’ve owned everything they’ve released. That is except the PS TV, which was originally called PS Vita TV. It’s a micro console that allows you to play Vita games on your TV, stream PS4 games to it, buy and download compatible games from the Vita and PSP and such, and it even lets you download games on the PS Now service. It sounded pretty cool to me so I elected to add it to my growing list of Sony consoles, today in fact, and give it a go. And I’m glad I did.
But before I say what I like about the console and my rating for it let me address something first: the fact that you don’t really need the PS TV. Everything the PS TV can do, as far as basic things is concerned, the Vita can do. It can play all Vita games, while the PS TV can only play certain ones. It can remote play with the PS4 too, and bring it portable if that’s one of your things. It can also play PS Now games. The PS TV is not needed for you in your life under most circumstances, so why would a person like me, who has a Vita, buy this device? Because of 2 major reasons, which I’ll list below.
1. It remote plays the PS4 more consistently. I don’t know about you, but I live in a home and area where I have great download and upload speed, and my Vita still has a habit of dropping the PS4 because the signal drops at times, which really sucks when I’m trying to do anything in the game, specifically fighting a boss or something like that. That’s not the case with the PS TV, when it’s connected through a cable anyways. I played Batman Arkham Knight on it, a graphically heavy game, and unlike my Vita the PS TV stayed consistent and never dropped the signal, whether I was fighting or just running around town in the Batmobile. I could never do that on my Vita through Wi-fi. I had hoped that using a cable would make a remote play difference and it did, it sold me on the device all by itself, even if it did nothing else.
2. You can play Vita games on the TV. Granted not all of them are compatible with the PS TV, as I stated already. But the ones that work on the TV look great and play just as well! I like it in this case because I wanted to buy the PS3 or even PS4 version of Final Fantasy X so that I could play a more powerful version than the original one on TV and now I don’t have to! I just put the Vita game into the console and I was able to play the game on the TV, which was really cool to me. It’s not always something I’ll like since I do actually like playing games portably, but it’s a plus in this case and I’m sure there will be other ways I’ll think of it as a great thing too.
Those are my two top points, that mean the most to me. I love being able to play away from the main TV on remote play and playing remotely with a Dualshock 4 is much more enjoyable than using remote play on the Vita and its controls, though those do work still. I love the fact that you can play Vita games on the TV, and I also like that you can access apps and the PS Now service, though I don’t see me taking advantage of it since I have other consoles that do those parts just as well. All in all I say this little console gets a 9/10. It’s awesome, and the price right now at your local Gamestop can’t be beat! I highly recommend it, especially if you enjoy remote play and want some portable games on the big screen.