Sony Unveils PlayStation TV, Sets Fall Launch in North America

/ Jun 10, 2014

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At E3, Sony announced plans to release PlayStation TV in the US. The streaming box, based on the PS Vita TV device the company already sells in Japan, allows people to stream both videos and games from their PS4 to another TV in the house.

Targeted for a fall release in the US and Canada, the streaming box will be available for $99.

That wasn’t the only video-related news from Sony to come out of E3.

The company said it’s also bringing YouTube to the PlayStation Network, enabling more efficient multi-player game-recording. With Let’s Play videos as a hugely popular endeavor (and a lucrative one, for a lucky few), Sony plans to turn social gaming into an even more regular and easy occurrence.

Though the share button on the PlayStation 4 controller has gotten plenty of use, this addition increases sharing capacity by paving the way for easy YouTube uploading. Once users have uploaded their recorded gaming sessions to YouTube, their friends can see the videos in the activity feed on the user interface of their gaming consoles.

Further connecting PlayStation to the web, this feature allows players to watch friends’ gaming sessions through Twitch and Ustream. Access to other people’s games via Twitch, for example, lets viewers interact with players, letting the gamers know in real time if they need to watch out for a hard-to-spot obstacle.

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