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Sony Surprised by West’s Interest in Vita TV, Thinking about Western Launch

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Posted on September 20, 2013 AT 12:57pm

The level of Western interest in the PlayStation Vita TV comes as a surprise to Sony, and they are very much considering a Western release for the device, the company told Eurogamer.

“Of course we are thinking of launching [PlayStation VIta TV] in the U.S. and Europe, “Sony Japan’s Masayuasu Ito said to Eurogamer during Tokyo Game Show.

Sony unveiled the PlayStation Vita TV last week, during a pre-TGS event. The device allows gamers to play Vita and PSP games on their television using a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controller. It also supports PlayStation 1 games as well as music and video apps, including Hulu and Music Unlimited.

“The reason we wanted to launch PlayStation Vita TV in Japan first was because we think that there is a significant gap in this market even for a pure streamed TV Box,” Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Andrew House told Eurogamer in a separate interview. “There really isn’t a competitor [in Japan] that’s staked out a claim. And frankly, in my own view, Japan is a little behind the adoption curve in video streaming services.

“So we thought we could have an opportunity in Japan to really establish a leadership position by having an additional differentiated killer app—which is having our huge library of streaming games content.”

Source: Eurogamer

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