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Reasons why you should buy a PlayStation TV instead of the Vita

playstation_tv_handWe previously explained why you should buy the Vita 2000 over the PlayStation TV. Now let’s take a look at the other side of the argument. The television device does have a few redeeming features, depending on your wants and needs, that may make it a better purchase than the handheld. Take a look at several factors below if you are still undecided whether or not to pick the television device over the handheld.

Better Remote Play with PlayStation 4 Games

While the Remote Play performance for PlayStation 4 games is practically the same on the Vita and PlayStation TV, the television device does hold an advantage when it comes to controller options. The handheld is missing important buttons such as L2, L3, R2, R3 and the touch pad. As a result, developers often have to come up with less than effective ways to remap certain inputs.

With the PlayStation TV, you don’t really have to worry about the control issues as it supports the DualShock 3 and, more importantly, the DualShock 4. So you will be able to play PS4 games the way they are meant to be.

Play Vita and Other Games on the Big HDTV Screen

As good as the Vita screen is, especially with the original OLED model, a lot of gamers still prefer playing their games on the big HDTV . The PlayStation TV will bump up the graphics of Vita games to 720p or 1080i, depending on your preference. You can also download and play compatible PSOne Classics and PSP games at high-definition resolutions as well.

Not to mention that you will be able to play these games on the DualShock 4, which is a step above the original DualShock as well as on-board buttons of the PSP and Vita systems in terms of ergonomics and performance. As a result, using the PS4 controller should feel more comfortable and be less straining as the other products. If you are looking for the best way to play these types of games, you should definitely take a look at the PlayStation TV in addition to the DualShock 4 controller.

Cheaper than PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation TV also has a significant price advantage over the PlayStation Vita, even if you take into account that you may have to buy a DualShock 3 or DualShock 4 controller if you don’t already own a compatible gamepad. Sony removed the touch screen, back touch pad and buttons from the hardware, allowing them to sell the television device at a much lower price.

Of course, the PlayStation TV does have its fair share of criticisms, perhaps the biggest of which is the lack of compatibility of games. With that said, if you simply want to play certain games on the big screen HDTV, then the device should make for a great purchase. Just make sure that the titles are actually compatible beforehand. Vita games like Killzone: Mercenary and Persona 4 Golden in addition to digital classics such as Final Fantasy VII, Jeanne D’Arc, Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil will certainly work. You can find the full list here. The PlayStation TV can be purchased from Amazon here.