Sony Turn PS3 Into Personal Video Recorder

At the Leipzig Games Convention Sony has announced the introduction of PlayTV, a combined TV tuner and Personal Video Recorder PS3. The new device will be available in UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain early in 2008, with other PAL territories to follow in due course. The devices will include a the twin channel TV tuner peripheral and PVR software turns PS3 into a state of the art TV recorder, allowing users to watch, pause and record live TV. PlayTV will also record individual programmes or whole series (using a 7-day Electronic Programme Guide) to the PS3 for viewing later. Also, the option of transferring recorded programs to the PSP for remote viewing outside of the home will also be available.

Sony boast that PlayTV uses an incredibly quick and easy to use 7-day Electronic Programme Guide EPG2 that provides the navigation for programming the PVR features of PlayTV. Also, PlayTV’s two TV tuners are High Definition ready and are able to view, record and play back High Definition signals in 1080p.

The introduction of PlayTV really will extend the already broad entertainment credentials of PS3, and makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition for the whole family,” said David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “PS3 already provides High Definition gaming, Blu-ray Disc movies, music, video, photo album, web browsing and PLAYSTATION Network support. With the introduction of PlayTV’s state of the art TV tuner and PVR functionality, PS3 is now the best choice of home entertainment hub for the whole family.