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Yoshida: Stay Tuned for PS Vita TV Plans in Western Regions

Posted by Sammy Barker

Don't turn that dial

It had to happen, didn’t it? You take a week out of the office, and the entire complexion of the PlayStation ecosystem changes in the early hours of the very first day. This particular author first learned about the newly announced PS Vita TV during a scratchy telephone call back to head office amid the cavernous nothingness of the British countryside – but that’s dedication for you. How many of you can claim that you’ve discussed Sony’s smallest system while wearing walking boots and ambling up rocks in order to obtain a better mobile signal?

Regardless of how you heard about the device, it’s fair to say that it’s been causing a bit of a stir. The micro-console has already sold out on Amazon Japan, and the demand has been fairly high overseas. But despite claims that the platform holder has no plans to release the system outside of Asia, likeable Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has indicated that there’s still a good chance that the gizmo will make its way onto North American and European store shelves eventually.

“For people wondering about PS Vita TV outside of Japan, we are just saying now 'PS Vita TV releasing first in Japan',” he clarified. "Stay tuned." The pun is delicious, but the insinuation is even tastier: Yoshida’s comments certainly don’t offer an out-and-out confirmation that the teensy platform is set to follow in the Village People’s footsteps and go west, but we reckon that it’s only a matter of time. After all, comparable gadgets such as Ouya and Google Chromecast are proving popular around the globe.

For those out of the loop, PS Vita TV is a teensy widget that plugs directly into your television and allows you to access the entire Vita operating system on a big screen. As a consequence, the unit can be used to play thousands of PlayStation games, stream video, browse the Internet, and much, much more. Would you be interesting in purchasing one of the miniscule machines for your home media centre if it released outside of Asia? Broadcast your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via twitter.com, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (15)

Cirno

#4

Cirno said:

Step 1: Get in the west

Step 2: Get Project Diva over here in ol' Blighty.

THANK YOU BASED VITA I NEVER DOUBTED YOU BETTER THAN 3DS *** POKEMON X/Y WHO NEEDS THAT

Ginkgo

#8

Ginkgo said:

@get2sammyb : Yes, as always you were missed! The Japan announcement turned out to be a little more epic than people were anticipating.

Gamer83

#10

Gamer83 said:

It was always inevitable that Vita TV will reach Western markets, Sony has to focus 100% on the PS4 launch for now though.

mibtar

#11

mibtar said:

If you don't have a vita please buy this. So all of us vita owners can have more and more games!

Cirno

#12

Cirno said:

imma be serious though, this thing could be just what I need now that my PS3 is gone. Considering the Vita has perfect ports of games such as PS All Stars and Rayman Legends, plus a smattering of sweet looking games such as Gravity Rush, Ragnarok Odyssey and Soul Sacrifice, it's a pretty tempting option.

Alpha

#14

Alpha said:

I would for one by this in a heart beat. lots of good Vita games, and they can be played on your tv, except a few games that require the touchscreen and such.

@get2sammyb Welcome back, you have been missed by a lot of people lol

rjejr

#15

rjejr said:

"You take a week out of the office" - serves you right ;-) And you just took a weeks vacation after E3 mere months ago. NL most offer better benefits than you used to give yourself. Damo filled in admirably BTW.

"allows you to access the entire Vita operating system on a big screen."

Somebody commented on here after the announcement that this might not play games like Uncharted and Gravity Rush due to the lack of front and back touchscreens on the DS3. Something you might want to look into now that your back.

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