Sony launched the PlayStation TV streaming media player this week, a device that’s almost comparable with Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV. We say “almost” because what Roku and Apple TV were mainly designed to do; stream video, media and music from services such as Netflix, Hulu, and iHeart Radio — the PS TV doesn’t do, at least yet. The PlayStation TV could be more closely compared with Amazon’s Fire TV because of the media player’s gaming possibilities in addition to streaming video and music. But where the PlayStation TV trumps all competitors is in the game options. Not only can the device allow you to play select PS Vita games, and select PSOne and PSP games, it also allows you to extend your PS4 via Remote Play to multiple rooms and play PS3 games via the PlayStation Now service. With that said, we’ve found there aren’t as many compatible games as we expected when Sony first released the list of PS TV-compatible titles. For example, some PS Vita games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and indie game Super Crate Box are not compatible, nor are PSP classics such as Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. But if you want a cheap way to extend your PlayStation game collection, and play PS Vita games on a big screen TV (minus the HD resolution found on PS3 and PS4 games), the PS TV is a nice little device. Want more info? Here’s a link to our previously published spec comparison between the PlayStation TV and Fire TV.
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