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PS Vita TV will see wider Asian release in China, South Korea – no western plans says Andrew House

Thursday, 12th September 2013 22:48 GMT By Ewan Miller

Speaking to Nikkei’s Tech On! blog, Andrew House, the president of Sony Computer Entertainment has revealed the company has no plans for the Vita TV “in the US and European market at this point”. The box will be released in Japan first due to there being “no leading company in Japan’s video streaming market” then afterwards, China and South Korea.

In particular, Andrew House expressed hopes to find success in the Chinese market for both the Vita TV and other Sony products, primarily due to the expectation that China’s ban on home console sales will soon be lifted. He said that even if the ban is dropped in say, the free trade zone in Shanghai that’ll be a massive market opportunity for Sony.

Talking about the Vita TV itself, Andrew House said it was a better solution than simply adding HDMI out to the Vita itself, as that wouldn’t make it easy for people to play local co-op. On the other hand he argued multiple users connecting up Dualshock 3′s was a pretty good experience.

Of course this is an intrinsically awkward experience for developers, as it means they have to split their attention between creating a split screen multiplayer mode for their games which works on Vita TV and one which works on the Vita itself.

If you’re rusty on your Vita TV details or hardware specs, check out Dave Cook’s excellent write-up here.

Thanks, Gamasutra.

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  1. Ireland Michael

    “Of course this is an intrinsically awkward experience for developers, as it means they have to split their attention between creating a split screen multiplayer mode for their games which works on Vita TV and one which works on the Vita itself.”

    This is probably the main reason its not getting any sort of wider release outside Asia. The device itself creates a very awkward divide between the types of games you could make for it, like you said.

    My hope is that you’ll at least be able to use an imported unit with a western Vita, because there are a bunch of Vita games I’d absolutely love to play on my TV.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. dizzygear

    WTF. This thing and the cheaper Vita 2k is a great opportunity to get a bigger install base for Vita in the west which in turn could mean more games and more localizations.

    They might as well drop support for the Vita in the west entirely and give the dedicated portable market to Nintendo.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. pcbros

    @1 – “My hope is that you’ll at least be able to use an imported unit with a western Vita”

    But you don’t even need a Vita to use it. It’s a standalone unit. The problem will be if you have a western PSN account. I’m sure games linked to your account will not be available on an imported Vita TV.

    Also, couldn’t they have just added a TV out on the new PS Vita? That way we ALL have the option to play our games on the TV. And since the Vita can stream PS4, you could essentially play the PS4 on ANY TV in your home.

    Seems like Sony dropped the ball here.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. tracyis300

    I thought sony said they were all about the games and not on hardware propaganda?… They are really pushing that vita. Hope it turns out well

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @3 Right, yeah, good point. My bad. Hopefully it’ll work with western accounts then.

    #5 11 months ago