As part of the Game-Modo team, I am of the opinion that the PS Vita TV could stand to receive some improvements before making its way to the west. Richard happens to have a different opinion than I, which is OK. I think the device is sound, but it could be the “game changer” that everyone likes to clamor for if it just received some proper attention. Not being the type to just gripe without a solution, my solutions are provided below. All Sony has to do, is lay out some products and services on a table, and realize the potential their PS TV (what I will use, as PS TV is a much better name) could have.
The PS TV play PS Vita, PSP, and PlayStation games. It will let you watch movies, TV shows, & video services. You will be able to remote play PS4. It can be used as a second Vita device, enabling those with a Vita to play ad-hoc multiplayer games at home with friends.
My problem with the PS TV is that it sells itself short. It can do most Vita games, which may be worse for the Vita than the PS TV. It also has intentions of streaming video, without investing too much effort. Lastly, is going against not only other companies without guns blazing, but is at odds with its own company. Sony has also just announced the Bravia Smart Stick, which I will address later. Here’s a software and a hardware problem, and how I would address each:
Hardware Solution: Merge the PS TV and Bravia Smart Stick. Fewer products doing more is always better. Merging the PS TV and Smart Stick would link the Vita, PS4, and TV, obviously, as well as the rumored PS3, and also eliminate an extra product from the shelf. Take a look at the recently-announced device, which is described as follows:
“The BRAVIA Smart Stick features a slim form factor, 8GB of on-board storage, and plugs directly into the MHL port on the back of 2013 Sony BRAVIA TVs, with a USB cable to provide its power source. In addition, the BRAVIA Smart Stick comes bundled with Sony’s award-winning, voice-activated remote control, giving viewers a variety of ways to interact and control their entertainment. Priced at $149.99, the BRAVIA Smart Stick is available now at Sony Stores and select retailers nationwide.”
What would remain is the stationary PlayStation gaming systems, the mobile gaming system, mobile devices that support PS Mobile and Near, and a bridge device that supports content found on all others. Merging the PS TV with the Smart Stick. I know what you’re thinking – a DualShock 3 and a voice-activated remote? Yes. Sell the PS TV, with all the software capabilities of the Bravia Smart Stick bundled with the DualShock 3. Heck – sell one later with the DualShock 4, in an exclusive color. Just make sure to also sell this cool remote as a PlayStation accessory that works with any Bravia television, as well as any television connected to a PS TV. As much as I like my DualShock 3 controller and look forward to the DualShock 4, a remote control is likely to be more accepted by the masses for watching TV shows and movies. Why not sell it along with the other high-quality accessories in the PlayStation line?
The PS TV is a good product. It would likely see some justified success in the West. What I’ve outlined above, however, would make it a truly revolutionary product that would not just to stand stronger alone, but also strengthen the rest of the PlayStation brand.