Why should you buy a Playstation TV?
I believe you already read many articles about why you shouldn’t buy a Playstation TV like this one. Here is one about why you should buy one.
First off, I should say if you plan to play vita games and watch/stream video, this is not the device for you. You will encounter many compatibility problems while trying to do either of these, so in the end even if it works for some games and for some restricted video streaming, it is just not worth the effort. So i won’t talk about these since they are already covered in many articles. What i am gonna talk about is great PSP compatibility and the future PS1 compatibility.
If you use eCFW on your Playstation TV (ARK for >3.20 and TN-V for 3.20) this tiny little device becomes a full-fledged PSP console. Any PSP except for the fat PSP 1000 and the cheap E1000 has TV output, but the output has black boxes all around because of the lack of a scaler. Thanks to the built-in scaler in Playstation TV, you will have full screen picture and as the video/audio is transferred with HDMI instead of component/composite cables like in PSP, it will be higher quality. Also you can use Dualshock 3/4 controllers on Playstation TV which really fits well with PSP games. Another extra is right analog stick of your Dualshocks is mappable to d-pad/L R triggers/face buttons. This can assign camera control to right stick in many games and transforms the cramped PSP control scheme to a better dual-stick setup. You will especially benefit from this setup for Monster Hunter series and other games which you need to change direction of camera simultaneously with character movement.
You can also use your Playstation TV for PS1 games. But unfortunately not for now. Do you remember the PS1 loader in the big scene leak? This leaked PS1 loader doesn’t work on a Playstation TV. Though TN-X (enhanced version of PS1 Loader) which will be released around spring/summer according to Total-Noob works on a Playstation TV. I happen to have a preview version of it and it works really well.
Also Playstation TV supports adhoc multiplayer with another Playstation TV/Vita/PSP. There are adhoc multiplayer enabled emulators (CPS1, CPS2 and Neo-Geo emulators to name a few) and they are great fun for local multiplayer if you have an additional Playstation TV/Vita/PSP.
So far, i love my Playstation TV with TN-V and TN-X. It is well worth the money for me. I bought it for $100 plus tax&shipping for the basic pack which was $39.99 recently and is $79.00 now. Though i would advise the $94.81 bundle as it is a better deal in my opinion.