Sony has finally announced the long awaited television tuner and personal video recorder for PS3 at the Leipzig Games Convention 2007 press conference.
Titled "PlayTV," it will let you watch and record your favorite shows on your console completely independently of each other. It allows you to not only watch a recorded show by your DVR, but allows for the DVR to record something while you watch another show.
You'll be able to choose programs to keep on your hard drive by selecting them from a guide, as shown in the picture, and even control it using your PSP. If you are on the go, you can just stream the show to your PSP and that'll work too.
It will use the Digital Video Broadcasting as the standard, and be able to display both native high resolution and normal resolution videos depending on what type of TV you have.
Sony is very excited by this additional feature, that will not only expand the love of entertainment for gamers, but for nongamers as well. Nongamers will be able to make the PS3 truly the center of their entertainment experience.
"The introduction of PlayTV really will extend the already broad entertainment credentials of PS3, and makes it an exceptionally attractive proposition for the whole family," said David Reeves, big cheese of Sony Europe.
Currently there are no plans to bring a similar service to North America.