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Sony Sounds off on Western Reception of the PS Vita TV
According to Eurogamer, Sony has admitted that Western reception of the recently-announced PlayStation Vita TV has been stronger than the company expected it to be.
Sony’s Masayasu Ito spoke of the Vita’s reception at a round table discussion, adding that the company has plans to release the Vita TV device in Western territories, but not until after the company has had a chance to ” identify what other services are available in the US and Europe” and whether or not these services should be included in a Western release.
There’s no say exactly what “services” the company is looking into, but it’s likely that services such as Netflix and other services tied to certain regions have been discussed.
Sony’s Andrew House also spoke about the Japan-only release, saying that there were simply too many streaming boxes in North America for a western release to make sense at this time, while the Japanese streaming market is much less saturated than that of Europe and North America.
“The reason we wanted to launch PlayStation Vita TV in Japan first was because we think that there is a significant gap in this market even for a pure streamed TV box”, said House, adding that, in his view, the Japanese are a bit slower to adopting streaming services than the Western world.
He echoed Ito’s words about looking at services to add to the Western release of the Vita TV, stating that they needed to take a closer look at the marketplace and how they would go about marketing the device.
The PlayStation Vita TV was announced only a few weeks ago as a miniature console that would connect to a television through an HDMI cable and would allow for handheld games to be played on a TV using a DualShock 3 controller. At this time, Sony only has plans to release the box in Japan on November 14. Stay tuned for any more news surrounding a European or North American launch of the PS Vita TV.