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The PlayStation TV is a Plug and Play version of the PlayStation Vita as a budget alternative for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is used for playing PlayStation, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable games, and also streams videos.
Why It Flopped
- Even though it has streaming features, the PS Vita versions of Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, will not work on the PlayStation TV, even though it is available on its store.
- In order to play, you will need a controller, but the models do not include one, meaning people will have to get controllers, even though some bundles like the Lego Movie bundle, which includes a controller, but costs way more money than a regular PlayStation TV console.
- It has a card slot, but only for Vita, which makes this a downgrade for cart/non-digital games for the PSP and PS1, no PSP/PS1 slots/discs due to hardware limitations and the design. Even sometimes a game you want to play on the big screen instead of the Vita, won't work because of compatibility issues, like the Vita has more buttons and features than a DualShock 3, like double cameras and a touch screen, so games that support two cameras and touch screen, and even game sharing\Ad-Hoc features will not work in the PlayStation TV.
- While it can be understandable if certain Vita games aren't compatible with it due to some games requiring the motion features and touch screen, some of them didn't make sense to be incompatible, such as Wipeout 2048 (which had optional touch features only for the menus)
- The PlayStation TV cannot output in 1080p or surround, which is disappointing due to hardware limitations, which is useless if you want to watch videos, instead, use a computer or a phone.
- Remote Play is very laggy in Wi-Fi playing mode, in which there are going to be tons of lags, frame drops, and bugs.
- Speaking of expensive stuff, it's flash storage is the same as the Switch, which relies on expensive memory cards, too.
- It's compatibility is not for all PS1, PSP, PS Vita games, with some games missing like Namco Museum Battle Collection, Toy Story 3, The Simpsons Game, and many more games.
- It has popular games that people like to play, like Namco Museum (PS1 series), Spyro the Dragon (PS1 series), several Persona games (Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 3 Portable, and Persona 4: Golden) and many more.
- Even with the launch price, it is a cheaper way to play Vita games.
- Nowadays, the console is sold for $60-70 at worst and around $10-20 at best, meaning that you can end up saving hundreds of dollars by buying it.
- If you play PS1, PSP, PS Vita games, that means you are playing the games legally, which is a good thing.
- You can connect using controllers like the DualShock 3 and 4.
- Connecting a DualShock 4 controller to a PS TV will also allow the player to utilize the DualShock's touchpad as a replacement to the Vita's touch screen, which can be used to unlock several features in some games.
- While it's not compatible with all PS1, PSP, and Vita games, You can hack your PS TV to run CFW (Custom Firmware), which lets you play all PS1, PSP and even Vita games.
- It can be a good secondary console overall for PlayStation fans that don't want to buy 3 different consoles along with a PS4 or 5.