Even though Sony’s micro-console is essentially little more than a PS Vita with a HDMI output and support for DualShock 3 / 4 controllers, frustratingly as we have said elsewhere on this site there are many key PS Vita games that don’t run on the PlayStation TV. With fan favourites such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, or any of the HD collections of old PlayStation favourites such as Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper and Jak and Daxter, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t anything worth playing on the console and that there isn’t any reason other than Remote Play for buying one.
However, there are some great games that DO work on the system and that we feel not only look stunning when played on a television set but really take advantage of what the PlayStation TV has to offer, making excellent use of the DualShock controllers in addition to the bigger display. But what games really benefit from this and are the titles that may change your mind into taking the all-important plunge into buying Sony’s latest offering? Well, in alphabetical order, here’s our pick of the Top 20 PlayStation TV Compatible Games…
Top 20 PlayStation TV Games List – Updated 12th June 2015
Crash Bandicoot (PS One Classics)
It has to be said that despite being regarded as classics in their day, looking at them now many PS One games show their age rather badly and ignoring the outdated visuals are hampered with frustrating controls or limited gameplay. That can’t be said of Crash Bandicoot who, quite rightly, went on to become an iconic character for the PlayStation and what helped developers Naughty Dog on their first steps towards videogame stardom. The game hasn’t lost any of its charm or playability and is one of the finest examples of PS One platforming around.
Dead Or Alive 5 + (PS Vita)
There’s no denying the popularity or quality of the Dead Or Alive series but everyone was stunned at just how good it was when it came to the PS Vita. It looked and played just as strongly as its counterpart on the PS3 and while one or two of the game’s features (the touch mode for one) aren’t functional when playing on the PlayStation TV, this is still a surefire winner. There’s no denying that this is one of the best looking fighters on the PSTV and PS Vita and is worthy of buying for the main game modes and it’s playability alone. Visually it can hold it’s head up high and really showcases the Vita’s power admirably.
Disney Infinity 2.0 (PS Vita)
A newcomer to the system, but this blend of arcade action and 3D open world sandbox creation tool really does come to life on the PSTV. While the visuals don’t benefit from the graphics upscaling of the microconsole, the DualShock 4 makes the core game more comfortable to play, the creation tools are far easier to use (especially for prolonged periods of time) and it’s certainly easier to make use of the Infinity Base in front of a television than it is with your Vita in the palm of your hand!
Final Fantasy VII (PS One Classics)
No-one can deny the fact that Final Fantasy VII is one of the PS One’s crowning moments. One of the most influential games of all time and one of the best J-RPGs ever released. While it plays brilliantly no matter what system it is run on, this was just meant to be played on a TV set…
Final Fantasy X/X-2 (PS Vita)
A ground-breaking title when it was first released, being the first game in the FF series to feature voice over work, this HD remaster has taken the superb PS2 graphics and taken them to a whole new level. It’s a massive game, not only filling an entire PS Vita gamecard for Final Fantasy X but also needing a further 3Gb to store Final Fantasy X-2 which comes as a download code, but it’s worth it for an incredibly deep, engaging storyline, a great combat system and incredible graphics and sound.