PlayTV release date announced; will record whilst playing games
- Posted July 17th, 2008 at 18:32 EDT by
- 42 Comments
The rollout of PlayTV in Europe will begin in just under two months time. The first country to receive Sony's clever little Freeview box will be the UK on September 10 followed by the rest of Europe by December.
PlayTV is Sony's digital video recorder with built-in Freeview for PlayStation 3. It will let you watch digital TV, browse what's on with its slick Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and let you record a different channel to the one you're watching. You'll be able to set it to record entire series of programmes as they're shown, as well as record whilst playing games.
That last part was a hefty challenge for Sony, but David Reeves, President of SCE Europe, said it was planned right from the start.
"It was very difficult for some of the tech guys but we had to include it in the firmware upgrade, 2.41, but it's done now."
So come September 10, and assuming you get hold of a PlayTV unit, you'll be all ready to go. Reeves has previously revealed that PlayTV will retail for €99, but a UK price has yet to be announced. Those of you in Australia and New Zealand will also be able to get your hands on the sexy device in January or February.
- 1:35pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
First, and why don't we get it here in America?
- 1:35pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
I'm hoping this will come out in the US eventually, sounds promising...
- 1:39pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Bhav - "as their shown" should be "as they're shown".
Anyway, sounds awesome. Definately going to have to buy this!
- 1:46pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
MY GOSH! Could it be UK finally gets something first? lol
I take back my previous insults Sony; you aren't total tw@ts :)
- 1:53pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
UK first? am I hearing this right... I'm just waiting for the postponed announcement next...
- 1:57pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
- 2:05pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
finally, some news worth preaching for the UK
- 2:22pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
psn id: gingo... this will be excellent to finally get and use now i really do need to get a much larger hard drive for my ps3, i reckon UK price miby about 79.99?
- 2:31pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
america got movies and tv shows to download, and europe gets playtv, eventually everyone will get everything just give sony some time
- 2:42pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Cheers Carl ;)
- 2:57pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Yay for Oz! I'll be picking one up when it's released early next year.
- 3:04pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
muhahahahahahah no luck america!!!!
- 3:13pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Nice about time they give Europe something first, and Im American! That is sweet cause I really need a DVR already, thought this was coming soon so I held out on tivo or similiar dvr's.
- 3:14pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Alright, I know this is cool and all but am I the only one who thinks Sony should put more effort into making the PS3 a gaming machine, rather than a total entertainment. I have cable and what not for my entertainment, and then I hav my PS3 to play games and watch movies.
- 3:34pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
cowkong, I like this kinda stuff with my games. Good games are coming and this stuff is just icing on the cake, though I am Canadian so i get neither the Movie download service or Play Tv as of yet..............sure would like it though
- 3:37pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
the US doesn't get because we're not digital tv... Play TV is. it suks! I live in the US and i want this, but at least it's cool for Europe who finally gets something 1st.
- 3:57pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
My question is will we be getting this in the US? We're doing the digital broadcast transition in Feburary 2009 so will we get it?
OMG I want this so bad! PLAYTV
Congrats UK :P
- 4:11pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Did it ever occur to you guys who says I wish Sony would concentrate on games has other divisions than just games and maybe, just maybe they have a dedicated team to work on additions such as these. I could've sworn KZ2, R2, LBP, etc. are still coming. Chillax!
- 4:34pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
wtf no us is gayness
- 4:35pm EDT - July 17th, 2008
Screw PlayTV where is the In-game XMB?!! Oh wait...
Sorry force of habit.
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