The PS TV (aka Vita TV) was a very promising device when Sony initially announced it. I even called it Sony’s best idea in years, based on what I thought the product would be. I was wrong. The PS TV was, and still is, a nice little device, but it almost seems Sony intentionally crippled it for no good reason.
The main culprit is the game limitations, such as the infamous “whitelist” that prevents people from playing more than 80% of the PS Vita’s game library, despite the majority of these actually playing fine on the PS TV. The same was true of PSP games, with only a fraction of PSP games supported on the PS Vita and its sister the Vita TV, most likely due to licencing issues. The other issue was, of course, the lack of decent video/music services on the device (the PS Vita supports Netflix, the PS TV does not. This almost seems backwards).
The recent release of HENkaku hack for the PS Vita and the PS TV make the device interesting again: the whitelist can now be extended to support a majority of Vita games (and yes, this should support Netflix too in theory), VHBL gives you access to a variety of PSP homebrews (including emulators which vastly increase the game library on the PS TV), and there’s a growing list of native Vita homebrews (including emulators) that work on the PS TV as well. Some people also hope that a PSP Kernel exploit could make the situation even better for tinkerers.
And with the possibility to easily swap PS Vita memory sticks, this gives additional possibilities to run several accounts on multiple devices.
Maybe more importantly, the PS TV is now extremely cheap, and that alone makes it a good reason to get one. A Certified refurbished PS TV will cost you $29.99, less than your typical game! Those who really want it new (I’d personally recommend the refurbished version) can now get a new PS TV for $45 or less.
The PS TV was launched for $99 less than 2 years ago in the US, and you can now get it for $29.99. To put things in perspective, that’s as if you could find certified refurbished PS4s for about $130 today.
For those who were on the fence, now might be the right time to get a PS TV, set it up for homebrews, and enjoy.
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