Playstation TV Promised A Lot But Primarily Fails To Deliver

Jan Omega - Author

Oct. 19 2014, Updated 10:58 p.m. ET

A lot of Sony fans were very excited when they heard all about the PlayStation TV. Considered to be the answer to those who wanted to play PlayStation Vita exclusives without having to purchase the PlayStation Vita, users had high hopes for the system. The Inquisitr reported on the many timely updates and the awesome price tag of only $99. However, there were some reports that it would be quite slow too, primarily because of its size.

Now, the PlayStation TV is out and fans will experience all the benefits it promised. Problem is the system is underutilized and under-delivered. In simple words, it is failing!

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According to an article by IGN, the PlayStation TV lets you play PlayStation Vita games – both physical and digital – and PSP/PSone classics all on a big screen television. It also has the ability to play as a remote play hub for a PlayStation 4 system in which the PSTV receives content from the PS4 via transmission. This is great for gamers who love to play in local multiplayer parties, yet don’t desire to utilize two systems. Finally, the PlayStation Now service gives gamers the opportunity to play PlayStation 3 titles via digital. That is a lot for $99 right?

Theoretically, this is an amazing amount of content for such a low price. Unfortunately the PlayStation TV proves to be a clutch and fails to deliver. Many of the PSVita games simply don’t work on the PSTV and that includes the handheld’s biggest hits. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, and Lumines: Electronic Symphony are just some of the heavy hitters that didn’t work for the PSTV. However, the games that DO work are very nice on a big screen, albeit some loss of detail due to blown-up images. Killzone Mercenary is so far the best game for the PSTV with updated controls for a console. As for the remote play for PlayStation 4 feature, it is reported to be so slow at times that it isn’t even worth the $99.

GameNGuide provided a review roundup from some of the bigger tech websites which includes IGN. For some of them, there was no point in even scoring the system, and the ones that did gave the system grades considered failing if we were to go with public school system numbers. IGN gave the PSTV 6.5 out of 10 while CNET gave it 5.7 out of 10. The fan reviews on Amazon, Gamestop and others reflect the same sentiment too.

Let’s hope that Sony can patch all the problems this system has because it surely has a lot of potential. Personally, I look forward to playing Soul Sacrifice Delta with some of my friends. They are willing to dish out $99 for a micro-console over $300 for a handheld… despite the fact the handheld is far more superior!


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