PlayStation TV Lands In North America

$99.99 Device Debuts With Small Video Streaming Lineup
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The PlayStation TV, Sony’s $99.99 gaming and media streaming device, went on sale in North America Tuesday with a small streaming video lineup in tow.

According to Sony’s blog post about the debut,  the device launched with apps from Crackle (Sony’s ad-based VOD service), Crunchyroll (Japanese anime and Korean content),  and Qello (full-length HD concert films and music documentaries), with a promise of more entertainment content down the road.

The Kotaku gaming blog discovered that the Netflix app for the PS Vita app can be found and downloaded via the PS TV platform, but also learned that the app is not compatible with the PlayStation TV, at least not yet.

Sony has not announced if the new PS TV will be compatible with the CE giant’s coming pay-TV service, which has a deal salted away with Viacom, and reportedly will cost up to $80 per month.

Sony’s also selling a PS TV bundle for $139.99 that comes with the device, a DualShock 3 controller, an 8 Gigabyte memory card and a voucher for The Lego Movie Videogame.

The PS TV’s Remote Play feature will also let users play games for the PlayStation 4 (Sony has sold more than 10 million PS4s worldwide) from a different room, and supports titles from the PS Vita, PSone, PSP, PlayStation 3 (via the PlayStation 4 service, with access to more than 150 titles early on).

According to this FAQ, the PS TV sports an HDMI out connection (supporting 480p, 720p and 1080i video), one USB 2.0 port, integrated 802.11 b/g/n, and 1GB of internal memory.

The PlayStation TV launches in Europe on November 14.