PS3 Gets Ready to Rumble With DVR

Prototypes of the new rumble-enabled PS3 SixAxis controller are already in the hands of numerous Sony developers, according to industry insider site Inner Bits - via Next-Gen.biz. A blog on the site where "game developers speak out" says that "new versions of the Sixaxis controller are quietly replacing the original controllers launched with the console." As well as being rumble-enabled, new controllers will allegedly have improved motion sensitivity. Sony is to launch a digital tuner for the Playstation 3 in early 2008, offering DVR-like functions to users of the console, reports Gameindustry.biz.

Warwick Light, sales and marketing manager for Computer Entertainment New Zealand, revealed the details to local website The Press, promising to "transform the PS3 capabilities so as to meet people's changing entertainment needs."

"We're also hoping next year – about the same time that Freeview launches its terrestrial broadcasting service – to release a digital tuner for the PS3, turning it into a programmable TV recorder," said Light. Freeview services are expected to launch in New Zealand next March.

News source: theinquirer.net

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The DVR would also be good in Australia. It'd save needing a digital set top box that's for sure. And it'd free up a HDMI port on my near-future receiver (Which i'd hope to use for a dvi-to-hdmi PC).

new versions of the Sixaxis controller are quietly replacing the original controllers launched with the console

Yet another reason given by Sony to wait before buying the PS3. That's what I hate nowadays with video game systems: they release a first faulty version for a very high price and then, they improve it white cuting the price meaning that the hardcore gamers who bought the first models are just completely getting screwed.

Yeah, but you can't put the blame on them for your own lack of common sense. The way I see it is: the games I'm waiting for aren't out yet, the price is still high, and they most likely haven't worked out all the bugs yet. The only thing buying it on release gets you is.. what? Bragging rights? Pfft. Looking stupid seems to outweigh the bragging rights if you ask me.

That's what I hate nowadays with video game systems: they release a first faulty version for a very high price

Sytems?
The PS3 has had an excellent quality record.
Plus you can still buy the new rumble controllers separately.
You can even change out the HDD.

Unlike the 360's horribly flawed design. You can't add HDMI either.

maybe Sony can release the new PS3 with digital tuner and rumble-enabled controller for $800, then tell us all how stupid we are for not paying that much for the system.