Well nope :P
Or maybe.... :D
Jokes aside, I have always maintained that besides the core audience, gaming requires cheap hardware that also provides best of other entertainments too, like movies and so on.
Now, what we have here is a 100$ console (that is the Ouya price), with all PSP and most Vita games supported, plus your entire suite of digital entertainment in it.
Sounds good? That is the TV model that has been going around, with an added USP of playing a vast library of games. And it sells reasonably. Apple shifted around 2 million Apple TVs in Dec quarter.
Now, this field has, as expected lots of competition. Apple TV and other similar devices, not to mention smart TVs.
If Sony just creates a carbon copy, it’s DOA.
And they didn't.
What we have here is all those main dish for the device, coupled with the ability to play PSP and Vita games and of course, allowing PS4 remote play. However, whether they are a killer USP is anyone's guess. PSP is very old to be cared about and specifically Vita has horrible western sales numbers.
So, this is another failed exotic Sony idea that is an experiment and nothing more? Well, no in my opinion.
Its a good read. The TV market is heating up, with Sony seemingly making headway over its competitors. What if THIS is the only box that supports it?
Such service will only be most successful if its directly over the net with no hardware requirements, if it ever launches, but having such a (potentially) ground breaking service on this device for people with no internet connected TVs can be the killer USP for this product.
Also, people thinking this just an Apple TV competitor are not realizing its full potential.
Here is a great opinion piece about it from Gamasutra-
And another one-
Still here? Good.
PSVTV essentially has all the ingredients for success needed by a microconsole. It has the biggest game lineup out of all of them (and lot more indies incoming), it has the most powerful hardware amongst the competition, and it has the backing of a big corporate company.
So there you go, an Ouya/Gamestick potential killer. Although it should be noted that Ouya sales beyond abysmal, so microconsoles have not yet proved to be something big.
What is also commendable is that Sony didn’t think twice about PSVTV cannibalizing PSV sales (although it can be argued that both have somewhat separate markets).
Also, the device allows Sony to have an entire suite of home console hardware for all kinds of gamers.
PSVTV - 100$
PS3 - 200$
PS4 - 400$
In essence, what Sony has created here has the POTENTIAL to be disruptive, with this device being the cheapest complete entertainment box in the market. The strategy behind this seems all well and dandy , all that is left is the execution.
Apple TV + Ouya + PlayStation TV = Success?
We will see…