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Sony’s PlayStation TV Launches Today

   Foster City, Calif. — Sony’s much-hyped new PlayStation TV goes on sale in North America today at a $99 expected retail, or $139 for a bundle including a DualShock 3 controller, memory card and “The Lego Movie” video game.

Sony’s device, which is already available in Japan, is a mini console that attaches to a TV set or PC monitor via an HDMI connection.

The device essentially has the capabilities of a PlayStation Vita console, allowing gameplay of most titles available on the handheld Vita gaming device.

According to reports out of Japan, the only streaming services the device seemed prepared to deliver on launch day were Crackle and anime service Crunchyroll, with more expected to be added over time.

The PlayStation TV is also supposed to provide streaming movies and TV shows via the PlayStation Store and Video Unlimited service.

When first announced at E3, the device was said to be able to connect with Sony’s latest PlayStation 4 console to play PS4 games remotely on a secondary TV in the home, and will let users play older PS3 titles via the PlayStation Now service.

The system will also support most PlayStation Vita titles and “classics” originally developed for PlayStation and PS2 generation consoles.

It also offers Bluetooth 2.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11n connectivity, and it comes with HDMI, Ethernet, USB ports and Sony’s proprietary Vita memory card slot. Both DualShock 3 and 4 PlayStation controllers are also supported by the device.

Sony also announced at International CES in January that it plans to offer a new over-the-top pay-TV service that will be accessible by its connected PlayStation family of devices.