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Sony's PlayStation TV coming to US on October 14th

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$99 for a box that plays Vita games and supports PS4's Remote Play

The PlayStation TV set-top box will make its US debut on October 14th, Sony announced today. The hardware itself is priced at $99.99, but Sony is also offering a bundle that packs in a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, and The Lego Movie Videogame. Known as PS Vita TV elsewhere in the world, Sony's little box allows owners to play a selection of Vita (both physical and digital) games and buy older PS One and PlayStation Portable games. It can also stream PlayStation 3 titles through PlayStation Now, the company's game streaming service, and offers PS4 users a super convenient way of playing their games in another room through the system's Remote Play feature.

Sony is clearly making an effort to widen availability of Remote Play; it's also included on the upcoming Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact smartphones. So even if the living room's occupied, you'll be able to play games on a smaller screen (in the case of Xperia phones) or another TV in your house with the help of PlayStation TV. Just make sure your PS4's powered on, and Sony says using Remote Play with PS TV requires a wired network connection. Microsoft doesn't really have any sort of answer for this functionality on Xbox One, so it's not surprising that Sony is trying to put the spotlight on Remote Play across its hardware line.