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June 10, 2014 - Dave Hecei
The television might just become the next battleground. Bringing entertainment, information, communication, and gaming is something that has been sought after for a long time. Recently, Amazon brought out their own set-top-box unit to compete with boxes like the Apple TV and Roku. Amazon's unit was unique in that it brought Apps, something that Apple or Roku does not do. Now we have another one and it might be the killer box. That's because it's coming from Sony. Apple may have been caught sleeping.
Sony introduced the new Playstation TV this week during E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). The Playstation TV (PSTV) is new to the US but it has been out in Japan for a little while. This little Apple TV-like box can work either as a stand-alone box or it can work with a PS 4 to game on a remote television in the house (obviously on the same high-speed network).
According to Sony, the PSTV will be able to launch with access to 1,000 games via the Playstation Network and Playstation Now. These look to be PS 1, PS 2, and PS3 games along with PS Vita games. The PSTV will launch in the fall and is to be priced at $99. For $139 you can get a full package with cables, a controller, and memory card. It will also have a voucher to get a free copy of The Lego Movie video game.
I don't know about you, but the Amazon Fire TV didn't really worry me much, but Sony's Playstation TV does. If Apple is smart, and I think they are, they should start to sweat. If this doesn't get Apple off the pot and introduce a new Apple TV unit with its own App Store and developer tools then nothing will. Ok Apple, flinch!
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