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A “Digital Aquarium” is Coming to PS4. Wait…What?

Many of us probably have something we use, or some activity we do that helps us stay calm, relaxed, and centered in our daily lives. Some people meditate, some turn to spirituality, and some people like to watch fish swim in an aquarium – whether that be in a large public aquarium, or something small for a pet fish.

Here’s the thing, though…

It was recently revealed that Sony is preparing to release something that they’re calling Aqua TV. That’s right, it’ll be a digital aquarium for your PS4. This will give gamers the ability to watch underwater life swim around their TV sets, in a relaxing, cool blue setting. A gameplay trailer (“GAMEPLAY”?? REALLY, PlayStation??) was released on the PlayStation YouTube channel, those who get Aqua TV will be able to place different decorations, fish, and other things into their virtual fish tanks.

C’MON, SONY!!! Really?? I can’t think of a single one of my PlayStation-owning friends who’d rather use their consoles to look at fish, instead of winning car races in Forza Motorsports, scoring goals in FIFA, killing enemies in Call of Duty or Assassins Creed, or even decorating their pod in Little Big Planet! I mean, if a gamer happens to like fish as pets, there’s a good chance that they already have a pet fish or three. Something like this just seems like a stretch at a cash grab, rather than appealing to what your core fan base really wants: high-quality games that we can play for long periods of time, over & over again. Personally, I don’t think that a virtual fish tank is going to be something that really grabs the attention of gamers, and make them want to share the experience with their friends. Can you imagine?
“Hey, Billy! Check this out! I’ve got fish on my PS4!”
“Ok, Bobby. Whatever makes you happy, dude. I’m going to be over here sniping dudes, earning trophies, and actually having fun.”


Don’t get me wrong here, dear readers. I’ve got nothing against fish, or aquariums, or anything like that. I just really don’t see the point in turning one’s gaming console into a fish tank for the sole purpose of visual enjoyment. The only upside I could see (versus having an actual fish as a pet) would be one would not have to pay for water & food for these fish, or physically clean their tanks. Have we really become so lazy as a society that even caring for a pet has gone digital?? I mean, I come from the age when Tamagotchi was a thing. If you’re anywhere near my age, you may remember those little digital pocket pets that schoolkids used to obsess over in the late 1990s and early 2000s. However, even those required quite a bit of interaction in order to keep the little digital creatures “alive”. They had to be “fed”, “played with”, and checked in on every now and again, or the Tamagotchis would “die”, and the user would have to start over from scratch with a new one.

Aqua TV seems like even less interaction and effort than that. So, it’s a hard pass for me.

What about you, friends? Let us know your thoughts on Sony’s sojourn into the realm of digital aquariums by leaving us a comment down below. Remember, dear readers: this is just one gamer’s opinion. If you’re really that interested in getting Aqua TV, it’s currently available on PC for £3.29 / $4.43 and for £2.99 / $4.03 on Android devices. The “game” will make its formal debut and be available on PS4 from December 12th to December 13th. After that? Who knows?

About Doug T. (476 Articles)
A lifelong gamer, disabilities advocate, avowed geek, and serious foodie. Doug was born in South America, currently resides in Northern VA, and spends the majority of his time indulging in his current passions of gaming & food, while making sure not to take life or himself too seriously.

4 Comments on A “Digital Aquarium” is Coming to PS4. Wait…What?

  1. admittedly I can see myself purchasing this in the future as I love ‘games’ like this as background ambiance when I am blogging lol

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  2. Hi there,

    Bobby from EM Studios here – developer of Aqua TV.

    Thought I’d try to clear up some of the confusion around Aqua TV.

    It is absolutely NOT a game. It’s not intended to be a game, and not intended to compete with all of the amazing PS4 game experiences.

    As Mistress of Yaoi says it’s really more for background ambience.

    I think part of the confusion is that the format for the PS Blog page requires something called a ‘Gameplay Trailer’ – even if the title is categorised as an App rather than a Game (Aqua TV will be in the App section of the Store).

    Lastly, on price, we’re charging £7.99/$9.99 (with a 30% launch for PS+ members).

    This is more expensive than other platforms, but it is a one of payment with absolutely all content unlocked. On the other platforms the initial price lets you pick about 20% of the content available (depending on what you pick) and the rest is available through IAPs.

    I realise digital fish isn’t for everyone, but for those that do like it we believe the PS4 version is the best looking and best value one out there.

    I hope this has helped.



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