PlayStation TV, the game and media streaming device that was confirmed for a North American release at E3 2014, will arrive on October 14, 2014, as Sony confirmed on Twitter. The device competes with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV as a small, inexpensive set-top box for streaming media, but with one crucial difference: Access to a catalogue of over 1,000 games from PS Vita, PSP, and PSOne.
The PlayStation TV serves as the hardware front of Sony’s PlayStation Now game streaming service, which recently entered a limited beta on Sony’s consoles and select Bravia television sets. The box will cost $100, and it will also be available in a $140 bundle that includes a DualShock 3 controller, 8 GB memory card, HDMI cable, and a copy of the LEGO Movie: The Video Game.
More than just streaming games and Netflix, the PlayStation TV marks the next step toward Sony’s ambitions of creating an Internet-based streaming TV service. Given Sony’s established strong position in both gaming and television/film production, it might be the best equipped tech giant to actually bring this sort of service to fruition, putting another nail in the coffin of non-Internet broadcasting.
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