The rumours have been flitting and flying around for a while that the PlayStation 3 would be getting some form of digital TV device and Sony has finally decided to make it official.
Sony chose to unveil the new PlayTV
device for the PS3 at Leipzig GC 2007. The PlayTV
device, which is a combined TV tuner and Personal Video Recorder (PVR), gets hooked up between the PlayStation 3 and the TV, allowing users to record one channel while watching another.
is confirmed for the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain and should be hitting shelves in Spring 2008, though Sony promise that "other PAL territories to follow in due course."
"Designed to reinforce PS3's rightful place in the Living Room at the heart of the home entertainment needs, 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 to the PS3 hard drive for viewing later on the family TV, or for transferring to the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) for remote viewing outside of the home."
Sony said in the official press release.
Tech-wise, the PlayTV
will be available on DVB-T format and will use a 7-day guide to provide navigation and programming for the system. The system is also HD-ready and will support 1080P, as well as offering connectivity with the PSP.
Will you be picking up PlayTV
, or is the PS3 still a bit expensive in your eyes despite all the wonderful extra features? Let us know in the forums