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PlayStation TV Dated For Mid-October

John Koller, VP of Platforms Marketing, SCEA, updated the PlayStation Blog with news that the PlayStation TV set-top-box will be made available on October 14. The device will cost $99.99 and will feature nearly 700 games to purchase and play on day one.

According to the blog, there will also be a bundled version for $139.99 that comes with an 8 GB memory card, a controller and The LEGO Movie Videogame. Meanwhile, Walmart plans to have an exclusive bundle of its own that includes Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, the controller and memory card for the same price.

"Our library will continue to expand, with other fan favorites like Minecraft and more. We're proud to bring such a broad array of content from multiple PlayStation platforms to PS TV, a small console at a great value," Koller said.

So what is PlayStation TV? It's a set-top-box that's about the size of a wallet, measuring just 2.6 x 4.1 x 5.0 inches. The device provides a PlayStation Vita card slot, one memory card slot, one USB port, an HDMI port and an Ethernet port.

The specs listed last year showed (pdf) that the device includes a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics, 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB video RAM. There's also 1 GB of internal storage, Wireless N and Bluetooth connectivity and a maximum rated power consumption of 2.8 watts.

So why does Sony think PlayStation gamers need this set-top-box? The biggest selling point is its ability to connect to a PlayStation 4 and allow users to remotely play a game. For instance, the PlayStation 4 may be in the bedroom and the user wants to play a specific game on the big-screen living room TV.

Another big selling point is PlayStation Now, Sony's upcoming game streaming service, allowing users to stream PlayStation 3 games on the set-top-box without having to purchase the more expensive PlayStation consoles. There's also access to PlayStation Classics and select PlayStation Vita games.

On the media side, PlayStation TV will provide access to movies and TV shows, making PlayStation TV a small-sized entertainment platform. Presumably, apps such as Netflix and Hulu will be offered as well as Sony Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited.

Games that will be made available on day one include the God of War Collection, Killzone: Mercenary, Metal Gear Solid, Twisted Metal, Borderlands 2 and many, many more.

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  • kawininjazx
    It's a neat idea, but a PS3 is so cheap now, and so are the games, that this is not really the purpose of the device. Most people interested in this have a PS3 or PS4 and it does all the smart TV stuff. Once this show up refurbished for $59 people will go crazy for them.
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  • agentbb007
    Ironic he would say "fan favorites like Minecraft" since Minecraft is now owned by Microsoft.
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  • egoods
    Most people interested in this have a PS3 or PS4 and it does all the smart TV stuff. Once this show up refurbished for $59 people will go crazy for them.
    I disagree... I'll be purchasing this as soon as it's available simply for the capability of streaming my PS4 to another TV... Certainly cheaper than any other options available.
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  • surphninja
    Most people interested in this have a PS3 or PS4 and it does all the smart TV stuff. Once this show up refurbished for $59 people will go crazy for them.
    I play games on my projector in the basement theater and on my living room tv, so I'm looking forward to playing ps4 games on both without having to lug the system back and forth.
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  • aztec_scribe
    That is a sweet price for a steaming and media box. I am considering it but really what I want is the Zotac Pico to be 99 dollars!!
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