What Would I Need?
To choose the PlayStation TV as an alternative to the PlayStation Classic, you’d only need a relatively simple starter set up.
- PlayStation TV console
- 2 DualShock 4 controllers (DualShock 3 can be used but we’d recommend the DS4 if you plan on using PS Vita games)
- 32Gb memory card. While a 64Gb card would be better, smaller cards are easier to find and they can be swapped as needed.
- A PlayStation Network account (which I assume you’d already have as a PS Vita owner)
Assuming its a second hand console just perform a factory reset once you get it, insert the memory card and format that as well. Link the console to your existing PlayStation Network account and you’re ready to get started.
What About The Games?
For those of you with an existing digital library of PS Vita games, you’ll be able to download all of these to the PSTV giving you an instant games library. If you don’t own a PS Vita, you may still have games that you don’t know about thanks to Cross Buy. Many digital PlayStation titles are available as single purchases allowing you to download the same game on two or more PlayStation formats. You could well find that you have hundreds more games in your collection than you realise – certainly enough to get you started!
But it’s the original PlayStation that we are interested in. In the online PlayStation Store you’ll find an incredible assortment of games ready for downloading straight to the PSTV. These include the aforementioned Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, and Ridge Racer Type 4 (in a bundle with the original Tekken). Not enough? How about a further FOUR Final Fantasy games, several Crash Bandicoot titles, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider… the list goes on. Prices start from £1.99 a game but with games frequently reduced and being able to choose exactly what you want to download you can customise the set up to what you want.
Still not convinced? What about adding PSP games? The Store has another 250+ PSP games to choose from, most of which again are PSTV compliant. While we can’t guarantee compatability of everything the majority do work. If JRPGs are your thing you’ll have an unrivalled selection to choose from. Retro arcade games? Classics from Sega and Capcom will on hand in compilations from both publishers.
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