The PlayStation TV was pegged as a low-cost way to dig into Sony’s gaming ecosystem, with access to Vita games, streaming PS3 favorites, and in-home PS4 mirroring to a second TV. But limitations in all respects ended up diminishing the tiny box’s appeal.
Now, just four months after its November release, Sony has acknowledged its slow embrace by the gaming public by dropping its price down to £45 in the UK - that’s £40 off the original price, and darn close to being half off. Sadly, it still doesn’t come with a controller, so you’ll need a PS3 or PS4 gamepad handy.
Is it worth the price now? Well, that depends. Is your home hard-wired for Internet? If so, it’s definitely a lot more appealing, as you’ll be able to use Remote Play with a PlayStation 4 elsewhere in the home, or tap into PlayStation Now to stream PS3 games via the cloud. On a wireless connection, the quality can suffer significantly on both counts.
If you’re eager to play PlayStation Vita games and classic PSone and PSP titles, also know that the selection is limited - lots of great titles, even weirdly headline ones, can’t be played on the PlayStation TV. We’re talking Gravity Rush, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Lumines: Electronic Symphony, Assassin’s Creed Liberation, and so many more.
Granted, a lot of games are compatible - in fact, we picked out the first 12 you should play, should you end up with the tiny box. If you’re intrigued, now is probably the time to pounce. We have a feeling, what with the quick price drop, that the PlayStation TV won’t be a longterm focus for Sony.