No Plans for PS Vita TV in the West, Sony Reaffirms PS Vita 2000 LCD Screen Quality [Updated]
Written Thursday, September 12, 2013 By Lee Bradley
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Sony’s President of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has suggested that we may be getting news of a Western PS Vita TV release soon.

"For people wondering about PS Vita TV outside Japan, we are just saying now 'PS Vita TV releasing first in Japan'. Stay tuned," he tweeted.

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Sony currently has no plans to release the PlayStation Vita TV in the West and has claimed that the LCD screen featured on the new PS Vita 2000 is just as good as the OLED screen on the original unit.

Let’s start with PS Vita TV. According to SCE president Andrew House, the newly announced microoconsole is currently intended for the Asian market only, particularly China where the sale of traditional consoles is banned.

The country made the move in 2000 over concerns about potential harm to the physical and mental development of children. The last news on the subject came in July, when it was suggested that China may lift the ban provided that hardware is made in the free zone of Shanghai.

Should this come to pass, Sony is hoping to flood the market, with the PS Vita TV being an attractively cheap entry point to the PlayStation brand. Similarly, the PS Vita TV is in a position to sew up an unclaimed corner of the market in Japan too.

"The reason why it will be launched in Japan earlier than in other countries is that there is no leading company in Japan's video streaming market,” House told “The company is planning to sell the PS Vita TV in China, South Korea, etc, but not in the US and European market at this point.

"In the Asian market, SCE has high hopes for the Chinese market. This is not limited to the PS Vita TV. This applies to all of SCE's products. At this point, the Chinese government prohibits the sales of home-use game consoles, but we expects [sic] that the prohibition will be dropped."

"So, if the sales of home-use game consoles is permitted in, for example, the free trade zone of Shanghai, it will create a big business opportunity. We have high expectations for that."

Announced during the SCE Japan Press Conference 2013 earlier in the week, the PS Vita TV is a small home console that accepts Vita cards and offers access to a range of gaming and media content through the PlayStation network. 

"The PS Vita TV was developed mainly for those who have fun with contents with family members in a living room,” said House. “The concept of the PS Vita TV was created in about August 2011, four months before the release of the PS Vita. After that, SCE discussed it many times and started the development of the PS Vita TV in earnest about a year ago."

Also announced at the SCE Japan Press Conference 2013 was a new PS Vita, with a model name of PS Vita 2000. 20 per cent thinner and a fifth lighter than the original unit, the PS Vita 2000 has 1GB of built-in storage, an LCD screen and is available in a range of colours.

It’s the LCD screen that has got people talking though, a cost-cutting measure that has lead some commenters and consumers to express concern over its potential quality. Surely it can’t match up to the original PS Vita’s gorgeous OLED display? Sony reckons it can and has moved to calm fears.

Speaking to journalists in Japan following the handheld’s reveal, Andrew House reaffirmed the platform-holder’s belief that the LCD screen matches the quality of the OLED screen in every way. There is no dip in quality.

Until such time as we get our hands on the PS Vita 2000 we can’t say for sure. Indeed, all we have to go on is the picture below from Twitter user Hiro. It’s hardly the most reliable of images, but it seems to show that the original PS Vita (top) is brighter and more colourful than the PS Vita 2000 (bottom). But like we said, it’s inconclusive.

Just like the PS Vita TV, Sony currently has no announcements to make about the release of the PS Vita 2000 in the West. So for now, we wait.


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Comment #1 by Goldjit
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:04:46 AM
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Come on! People are genuinely happy for PS Vita TV and you're not even going to give it a chance?

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Comment #2 by QDawg187
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:09:29 AM
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Obviously quality difference is obvious

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Comment #3 by Pookaprince
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:14:08 AM
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Meh i'm fine if it's not being released outside of Asia to be honest.

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Comment #4 by BTbuster
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:24:00 AM
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this is horrible news i still think it will come at some point thou

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Comment #5 by LordMaceX
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:24:05 AM
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If there is a big enough demand they will do it, if there is not they won't. They are a business after all.

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Comment #6 by ChaoticKnuckles
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:40:32 AM
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The article says the PS Vita 2000 is the brighter and more colorful one but it actually looks the opposite to me based on that picture.

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Comment #7 by LeeBradley
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:44:28 AM
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woops, miswrote. correcting now.

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Comment #8 by Rhasget
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:46:06 AM
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It can be a good thing for the Vita in general. There are more than a billion people living in China. If Sony breaks the market by being first with this kind of product they can sell alot of machines. With a bigger installbase, more companies will be interested in making games for the Vita.
And I think the Vita TV will make it's way to the west eventually. Somewhat depending on the success it gains in the east.

I will definitely get one for my bedroom as a mini mediacentre when/if it does.

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Comment #9 by Psycho-DioXx
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 10:47:06 AM
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nice sandals XD

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Comment #10 by johnnyhotrocks
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:00:26 AM
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shame but there is always the import option anyway :)

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Comment #11 by AverySegaw
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:05:02 AM
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Based on the image, the PSV 2000 model's screen looks more...yellow-tinted, or the colors aren't as true. Mr. Bradley, I know you see that difference.

I feel that Sony's trying to take the easy way with PSVTV, or rather they are afraid of the competition of releasing in NA and EU. It's understandable when almost every new device is built with streaming capabilities making this seem redundant, but people are already showing interest in the PSVTV in the markets they don't plan on releasing in. Sony has the potential to enter the electronics race with Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft but Sony keeps pussyfooting with moves like this. It's a shame to see the once-mighty Sony reduced to a second-rate electronics company that only does video games well.

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Comment #12 by darkrequiem7
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:33:23 AM
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Hopefully it will come to NA/EU at some point. Japan gets the PS4 a few months after NA/EU, so if we have to wait a bit for the Vita things that's okay too. Maybe they are measuring the world's reaction and will respond at the Tokyo Game Show.

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Comment #13 by TrophyBoost
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 11:52:23 AM
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this really sux

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Comment #14 by QDawg187
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 12:52:41 PM
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I just hope anyone that was thinking about buying a vita but was holding off and gets a 1000 while they still can

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Comment #15 by Cinderkin
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 01:29:00 PM
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Oh wow Sony has got to be kidding me. That was the highlight of the press conference. The Vita TV was an instant buy for me when they announced it. It's gotta come to the West! It has too!

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Comment #16 by ryandavison
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 01:50:50 PM
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well that really sucks, like everyone else i was really looking forward to the vita tv, but now sony's shattered my hopes, ironic it comes just before friday 13th, it seems the bad luck is starting

i really hope they change their mind

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Comment #17 by VazzVegas
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 02:40:54 PM
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The Vita 2000 looks bigger and bulkier. Weird.

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Comment #18 by i mak3 big boom
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 03:04:33 PM
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Shit I would have bought the Vita TV. :(

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Comment #19 by auskye
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 03:10:17 PM
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I'd prefer a Vita TV that plays more of its library. Though aren't the PS4 remote play features useless in China? I think a DualShock 4 could imitate more features and maybe those features are why they're waiting on the West. LCD OLED I don't care but I wouldn't mind a lighter model. P.S. The Vita, thus TV, is region free.

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Comment #20 by Nightwing
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 03:23:56 PM
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I really want this to come to NA asap. I really don't want a handheld & I would love to play some of these Vita games on my tv

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Comment #21 by mjc0961
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 03:37:41 PM
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No sweat off my ass. I'd rather buy a $15-$20 video out cable for the Vita I already own than pay hundred(s) of dollars for a second, gimped Vita that doesn't play all the games.

Really Sony, get your shit together. Put Vita TV in the garbage and just give us a video out cable that plugs into that unused port next to the game card slot.

Also, HAHAHAHAHA at claiming an LCD screen is the same quality as an OLED screen. The whole reason you pushed OLED in the first place is because it's a better quality screen than LCD. I'm sure the LCD screen on the Vita 2000 will look just fine, but there absolutely will be a quality dip.

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Comment #22 by dementedlullaby
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 03:42:21 PM
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Not selling this in NA is stupid. Aside from that Playasia offers free shipping and it's region free anyhow so....go nuts.

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Comment #23 by skibadee
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 04:04:37 PM
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we are just saying “PS Vita TV releasing first in Japan” :)

— Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) September 12, 2013

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Comment #24 by ninuchin
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 04:05:18 PM
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Vita TV? A true become fantasy

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Comment #25 by DMCV
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 04:42:49 PM
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Sony. I won't buy a Vita. Ever.

But I would buy a VitaTV. so do it.


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Comment #26 by CressDX
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 04:45:37 PM
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Will the VitaTV work if i import it from japan?
Or is it regionlocked to the Japanese PSN?

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Comment #27 by GizM0 The Great
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 05:08:03 PM
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Missing out on a huge market opportunity there. I had already planned to buy this straight off. I love my Vita, but playing the games through my TV would be great. Alas, us in the West miss out again.

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Comment #28 by Naps
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 05:33:24 PM
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Well EU and NA gets the PS4 first... can't get them all I must say...

... as for China getting the PSVita TV first? Wait till you see them being sold on eBay since they are being made in China... Quite small and light to ship via post! Not sure if they will all be "genuine" though hehe... But I'm sure you'll get it cheap!

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Comment #29 by XxSTMELVINxX
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 07:03:16 PM
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if it's not region locked, I'll import one. not releasing it worldwide is a bad idea.

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Comment #30 by TheUnlockable1
Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 08:01:41 PM
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Then what was the point of releasing a English trailer on the PS Vita Tv featuring a half white half Japanese family?

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Comment #31 by Beanietheman PST
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 01:36:43 AM
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GIVE ME MY VITA TV...NOW!!!! come on guys you could of blown competition (ds) out of the water with this

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Comment #32 by conquerator2
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 04:59:53 AM
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If the upper.display is OLED and the lower is LCD...
Oops, there is a dip

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Comment #33 by ZACHSP8
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 06:12:24 AM
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Original vita looks better picture quality and smaller unit, so it's win win for the original Vita.

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Comment #34 by GAZDAN
Friday, September 13, 2013 @ 01:01:41 PM
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I like the idea of Vita TV but I don't want to buy a new unit. Maybe they will make a cable or something for the current Vita to make play on your TV.

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