Sony to Offer Movie, Music Download Services for PS3

Sony Computer Entertainment Incorporated is planning to launch a movie download service for the PlayStation 3 owners, effectively making the console an entertainment machine. "I think PlayStation 3 needs to stand for gaming and digital entertainment in the living room pushing the envelope of high definition, pushing the envelope of broadband, and of course that includes more than just games. We don't have the announcements that you're probably looking for today, but it is digital data. We have a hard drive, we have a commerce engine, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out we will have that on the network very shortly," said Phil Harrison the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, in an interview with 1UP web-site.

Currently there are no details concerning movie downloads via the PlayStation Network, but Sony is going up some solid competition: Microsoft's Xbox Marketplace and Apple's iTunes store. "The ten year plan of allowing people to download all kinds of digital content to their PlayStation 3 – not just games but movies, music, HD, standard definition TV, you name it. And that was a significant investment, but it was absolutely the right thing to do," said Mr. Harrison. Hopefully Sony will remember that there are non-Sony devices that PS3 users may want to use with the downloaded content.

News source: Xbit Laboratories

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Not complete entertainment console till it interacts with my PC Media. Great progress non-the-less. Online network is moving along nicely i'd say.

im no expert here but, isnt a 60GB HDD a tad small if we are gonna be talking downloading HD movies? then we i have the question... is their a way to save the movie to another location? i mean say you download a HD movie at 40GB... you can then only have one movie at a time, and if you paid for it... i cant exactly see people wanting to delete it for a new movie! then... the sheer amount of time it will take to download that movie will be crazy! tbh id rather just go out and buy a blu ray movie if i had the ps3 :p

but im sure some people will enjoy this feature

Microsoft offers an HD Movie download service via Xbox Live, and 360s only have 20GB HDDs. The average size for an HD movie on Xbox Live is about 5GB, and you can only watch the movie for one 24 hour period of time, so you'll end up deleting those large files rather quickly.

Whoop-dee-do. Who cares. Instead of focusing on making the PSN better, the PS3 not as costly, and everything else that needs to be fix, they focus on other stupid things.

Why does it surprise some people?
Why offer a 60GB hard drive version if there wasn't going to be a ton of multimedia to store in the future.

PeterTHX said,
Why does it surprise some people?
Why offer a 60GB hard drive version if there wasn't going to be a ton of multimedia to store in the future.

Because of 3 GB demos since they don't like compression software.