The price for PlayStation TV, Sony’s microconsole that recently launched in the United States, has dropped substantially at major US retailers, according to GameSpot. While the device was originally priced at $100 alone or $140 bundled with a DualShock 3 controller and The Lego Movie Videogame, Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, and Walmart all list it for $80 alone and $100 bundled. These new prices are shown as the list price, rather than a sale, indicating that this is the new baseline.
Sony, however, still carries the original prices on its own store. Representatives confirmed to GameSpot that the price cuts are retailer-specific, and are not representative of an official price drop.
PlayStation TV, launched in October 2014 in the United States, supports nearly 700 games initially. PlayStation Vita games can be downloaded or inserted directly for those that have physical media. Titles for PlayStation Portable and the original PlayStation can be downloaded. PlayStation 3 games can be streamed via the PlayStation Now subscription service, which recently launched officially on PlayStation 4 and is in open beta for PS TV. Finally, PS4 content can be streamed to another TV through the device.
PlayStation TV and PlayStation Now will soon be joined by PlayStation Vue, Sony’s TV streaming/recording service that is set to launch in 2015. Sony, with its strong foundations in electronics, content production, and digital infrastructure, is perfectly poised to make this cloud-based living room entertainment ecosystem a reality. But will it compete with Dish’s Sling TV? That remains to be seen.