Also termed Vita TV in Japan, the PlayStation TV is an asset possessed by Sony that is bound to earn it much name and fame on the international scene. A far more all-rounded approach is about to begin and PlayStation TV is at the center of the whole debate.
"PlayStation TV system is a sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available for you to stream, download and play. Whether as a second console for your bedroom or the primary gaming system in your living room, PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together," states Sony on official website.
The addition of Remote Play in the streaming game play firmware update has enhanced the system. What this means is that the same stuff can be used simultaneously in various rooms of the same home. The stats on the Remote Play state that while the image quality is average, it is better on the small screen.
"We've taken a more holistic view with our platforms," Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment head, said. "With Remote Play, Vita has now essentially become an extender or an enhancer for the main platform for other rooms in the house, or when someone else wants to use the main screen."
Vita TV from which the PlayStation TV derives is a Japanese phenomenon. Sony has completely overhauled the internal workings of the device so that it is bound to function closer to the heart’s desire of the user. The gadget is a smooth object of attraction which will be ready to undergo shipments soon in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
However, one thing is certain. The Remote Play function is the same whether in case of Vita TV or PlayStation TV. The set-up process for Remote Play is almost same on PlayStation TV and Vita TV.
The front-end of both PlayStation TV and Vita TV is same. However, DualShock controls "taking over from touch" input. The recent firmware upgrade of Vita TV "adds the essential PS4Link option," that allows you to access your PS4 device.
PlayStation TV supports both wired or wireless DualShock 3 and DualShock 4 controllers. And you can connect the two pads at once "with access to two different PS4 accounts." This feature will help all those who are remotely streaming split-screen games.
The PlayStation TV though offers you a few advantages over the manual version. These include full-fledged video stream service and an Ethernet port. This "full 720p video stream beamed over from the PS4 is rendered on-screen without any downscaling." The base technological matrix of the entire gizmo is very cool indeed.
The films and television shows that get relayed via the airwaves reach their desired destination in a matter of milliseconds. And you can play as many games as you like on it.
From Watch Dogs to Killzone and Call of Duty: Ghosts, you may manipulate and handle the objects on the screen as you prefer to. As for the pixilation and time frame per second of the images on the screen, much thought has gone into them.
Watch the official introduction video of PlayStation TV below.
But Digital Foundry checked the baseline latencies of PS4 and PlayStation TV by connecting both devices to an Asus PQ321Q 4K monitor. Eurogamer's Digital Foundry team "ran the PS4 at 720p resolution in order to match the amount of processing the display would need to do on the PlayStation TV signal, then filmed the screen with a high-speed camera at 120fps."
"With a direct WiFi connection, a disappointing 100ms to 116ms latency, with an occasional spike to 150ms. Remember, that's in addition to the game's inherent input lag and the latency in your display."
Next, they tried a second approach. The team "hooked up two high-end capture cards to our PC, using Open Broadcasting Software to composite the two images into the same stream, and captured that.
The same tests produced the same results - 100ms to 116ms delay between the exact same frame displayed on PS4 making its way via WiFi to the Vita - and the same occasional lurches in refresh."
And the team also tested connection techniques to get best Remote Play experience. The direct connection between PS4 and Vita hardware "may seem like the best option". However, the tests show that "it had the biggest impact on overall consistency."
The second option of "connecting the PS4 to your router via a LAN cable, then allowing the Vita hardware to interface via WiFi sees significant improvement here."
PlayStation TV's Remote Play feature is a good offer. But the fast action games will suffer as it cannot match "the virtually lag-free, full 60Hz Wii U GamePad."
However, all the latency perception does vary from one person to other. So the people who are happy with their existing handheld Vita TV devices, PlayStation TV will meet their expectations.
PlayStation TV is all set to hit U.S. and Europe this fall at price of $99. A bundle offer will also also be available for $139 that will include the device, a DualShock 3, HDMI cable, a 8GB memory card, and LEGO Movie: The Video Game voucher. Almost 1,000 games will be available to play at launch of PlayStation TV.