Sony has announced that a set of new applications will be available on the PS Vita through the PlayStation Store. Among the additions are Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and Crunchyroll.
Both Hulu Plus and Redbox are based around TV shows and movies while Crunchyroll is all about anime from Japan like Naruta Shippuden and Attack of Titan.
PlayStation is dedicated to giving our fans the best entertainment options on our platforms, and we’ll continue to bring epic entertainment options straight to you. – Jamaal Moore, marketing manager, SCEA
Along with the more popular apps, PS Vita will also receive Gaiam TV and Qello Concerts.
The apps definitely diversify the type of apps that are available for PS Vita, though the only major additions seems to be Hulu Plus and Redbox Instant.
Netflix, Crackle, Facebook, Skype, and many other apps have already been made available on the PS Vita, so there is not necessarily a lack of content.
Only some of the apps have been made available so far. Crunchyroll, NHL GameCenter Live and Qello are up for download, but Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and Gaiam TV will not be offered until sometime this Spring.
Sales of the PS Vita have recently experienced a major increase as a result of the PlayStation 4 release. In the UK, for example, sales were up 163% in late January and early February. Overall, however, sales of the mobile gaming device have not been very impressive.
The Remote Play feature available with the PS4 has likely contributed to the increase in Vita sales, since people with a PlayStation in their house can benefit from having a Vita due to the extra functionality.
Although the Vita has never been marketed as though it is a major gaming platform, Sony is continuing to expand its content selection and available services in order to keep current and future users happy.
Summary: Sony has announced that more apps will be coming to the PS Vita this spring. Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and others, are all coming within the next couple of months while other new apps have already been made available on the platform.
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