PlayStation to record digital TV

PlayStation 3 (PS3) users in Europe will soon be able to record and playback digital TV on their console. Sony has unveiled a TV tuner which plugs into the PS3 and turns it into a personal video recorder like Sky+. The company has held a press conference at the Leipzig games show in which it highlighted key multimedia capabilities for the PS3 and handheld PSP. More than 200,000 gamers are expected at the German show, playing some of the year's biggest games. Games on display at the show will include Halo 3, Mass Effect, Super Mario Galaxy, Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, Crysis, Warhammer Online and the new expansion pack for World of Warcraft, The Lich King.

PlayTV for PS3 is a twin TV tuner that will launch in early 2008 in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain with other countries to follow. Recorded programmes can be streamed over a wireless internet connection to the portable PSP or transferred permanently to the handheld console via a USB cable.

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Well that's fairly useful... maybe I'll buy a £400 console to use as a £100 PVR.... but where are the GAMES!! Sony.

PS3 is only 330 GBP from shopto.net (sorry for the plug, but it's a great deal, and people on many forums say the retailer is very reliable)

Nice idea, but I'll reserve judgement when I see it. I'm surprised how keen they are on it after the PSX.

So the debate begins: PlayTV for PS3 or IPTV for Xbox 360?

This is certainly the right direction for consoles to be going in. Most people have their console under their main television, so a digital TV add-on makes sense.

For me, though, the XBox 360 still has the advantage because of Windows Vista Media Center, which has the ability to stream TV/video/music/pictures from my PC to my TV. My PC has the dual tuner digital TV card (a Hauppauge Nova-T 500) rather than the console, but the end result is the same: a console PVR.

Steve.

sjgore said,
For me, though, the XBox 360 still has the advantage because of Windows Vista Media Center, which has the ability to stream TV/video/music/pictures from my PC to my TV.
Steve.

Sorry?? In what planet have you been?? PS3 can also do that from the 1.8 firmware...
And is not exclusive to a windows pc, the server (or the program that shares the files) only has to be compatible with Dlna specs.

God I wish for the days when consoles were just meant for games and nothing else. I already have a computer that can do all this other crap. When I buy a console I want to play games, not watch and record TV.

But, I guess that's just a pipe dream at this point.

So is the tuner for digital tv or regular analog signals wich will die in a few years.

and if they're for digital, does it support MPEG4 (wich Norway will use among a few other nations, over mpeg2) and does it support card readers for pay channels.

How about satellite TV, HDTV...

The tuners support DVB-T, the digital transmission standard through most of Europe.

As for codec support, since the PS3 is a multi-purpose media device, codecs can be added as services that use them become available. That's what Sony mean when they say it's "future-proof" for HDTV - HDTV terrestrial broadcasting happens over DVB-T, so any DVB-T tuner can get them (even the freeview box you have now). The reason you can't use your existing box for terrestrial HD transmissions is because they can't uncompress the signal (from H.264, VC-1, whatever). The PS3 is a flexible system, so using the same tuner, Sony could add codec support for any of these formats via firmware updates.

You guys are retarded. Sony does not publish all the games for the PS3. We're waiting on Konami (MGS4), Rockstar (GTA4), and other such publishers. Only reason I see to complain is if you're waiting for the beloved God of War 3.

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