PlayStation Vita TV will play PS3 games through Gaikai

Since Sony acquired cloud-gaming company Gaikai, it hasn't done anything with the technology at its disposal....


Since Sony acquired cloud-gaming company Gaikai, it hasn't done anything with the technology at its disposal. However, this is set to change with the upcoming PlayStation Vita TV. According to Eurogamer, the PS Vita TV will be able to stream PlayStation 3 games to the home console version of the Vita by using Gaikai's technology and infrastructure. The company revealed this during the ongoing Tokyo Game Show. However, Sony still hasn't revealed when the PS Vita TV is making its way outside of Japan.

"We'd like to offer a variety of games because the fun of server-based services like Netflix is you just want to browse through," Sony's Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer. "Like movies, you can start to watch five minutes and if you're bored you can move on to something else. [Also,] we have to make sure the games work through the internet. We have to go through certification for each title. So we'll start with a selection and then work from there."

 PlayStation Vita TV will play PS3 games through Gaikai

The Vita TV can play PS3 games by streaming them using Gaikai's tech

 

Sony stealthily unveiled the PS Vita TV earlier this month. It has the same hardware as the Vita, but lacks a display. Instead, it is hooked on to a TV. This lets users play their Vita games on a TV without having to plug it into a PlayStation 3 or 4.

With a size of 6.5 x 10.5 cm, Sony boasts that the PS Vita TV is the smallest device bearing the PlayStation moniker that can connect to a TV. It also allows access to high quality video services such as Tsutaya TV, niconico and Hulu. Along with this, users will have access to the more than 1,300-strong PS Vita game library along with all the perks that come with a PlayStation Vita subscription. How the company will deal with games that need the Vita's touch screen or touchpad on the back on the Vita TV is yet to be seen.

The Vita TV is hitting Japanese markets on November 14, with the rest of the world seeing a release some time in early 2014.


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