A while ago, my dad bought a PlayStation 3 solely for its media capabilities. Sure, he plays Fallout 3 and Gran Turismo 5 on it from time to time but the reason he spent hundreds of pounds on it was so that he could plug it into his HDTV and use it for PlayTV and to play videos.
Sony has, of late, quietened its marketing of the PS3′s media capabilities, instead focussing on the superb games line up it has. That might be about to change though, with Sony Japan announcing a new standalone streaming box with 500GB of storage. The box, which will be released this summer and retail for the equivalent of roughly £130, pushes media to Sony’s network capable devices.
It’s called Nasne and it works with PS Vita, PS3, Vaio and Sony’s tablets. It also comes with the Torne digital TV and DVR suite that Sony has been selling in Japan for a while now – it’s their kind of equivalent of PlayTV. The device is compatible with digital and satellite tuners and is capable of pushing recorded content, even before it has finished recording, to Sony’s other devices.
There’s no news of a western release but hopefully this product indicates Sony’s willingness to move into this area even further. I’d love an update for PlayTV.