The slimmer and lighter PS Vita wasn't the only piece of hardware announced by Sony today — it has also confirmed the release of the PS Vita TV.

Measuring 60mm by 100mm, it's a micro-console which plugs into your TV and allows you to play PS Vita games on the big screen. It pairs with the DualShock 3 controller and comes armed with both a PS Vita game card slot and Vita memory card slot. It will allow you to play PSP games, PlayStation One classics and much more besides — for example, you'll be able to use it with video streaming services.

Functionality with the upcoming PS4 is also confirmed; the PS Vita TV will allow you to play Vita games on the new console, and will also offer PS4 remote play via a later firmware update — presumably next year.

A stand-alone version of the PS Vita TV is expected to hit Japan on November 14th, where it will be priced 9,480 Yen ($95 / £60). To get the micro-console, an 8GB Vita memory card and a DualShock 3 controller, Japanese buyers will have to shell out 14,980 Yen ($150 / £95).

There's no word on when the western release will take place, but we'll keep you informed once we know. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on this new piece of hardware by leaving a comment below.

[via uk.ign.com]