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Sony Releasing A Streaming Media Box In Japan.

Nasne, Torne and PlayStation.

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.

Source: MCV

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  1. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    So this is basically Sony’s Apple TV?

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:15.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      Everything AppleTV does is built into Sony or any brands TVs…
      The advantage to this is a PVR

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:35.
  2. gideon1451
    Since: Nov 2009

    Nasne & Torne must be names which sound better in Japanese or something.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:19.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      I quite like them. Much better than all that Q-related nonsense like Qore and Qriocity. That was proper Qrap.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:33.
      • Youles
        Since: Feb 2011


        I like that it looks like a mini-slim. But to get all the benefits you’d have to have quite a lot of money to have bought a lot of Sony’s hardware

        Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:38.
  3. Watchful
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Oct 2008

    Nice idea, but only 500GB? I guess its down to Sony wanting you to stream data from its network services rather than store too much locally.

    Perhaps I’m an outlier on the curve but my PS3 can see 4TB of external drives normally and has a 740GB HDD installed. And that’s before I switch my PCs on and it can see the content on those.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:35.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Eurogamer reports to increase the storage, you can add an external HDD to nasne.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:58.
  4. Grey_Ghost13
    Since: Aug 2009

    Looks like someone sat on a verticle PS3!

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:39.
    • coruscant
      Since: Oct 2010

      Yeah it looks really strange to me…

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 13:17.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      Yeah it does :-}, not the best looking bit of tech I’ve seen.

      Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 13:18.
  5. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    Knowing Sony’s pricing of this kind of hardware, I imagine most people would just set up their laptop/PC as a media centre and stream it all from there.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 12:59.
  6. ron_mcphatty
    Since: Sep 2008

    Yay! Now my dad can flog his Ps3 too! Shotgun.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 13:01.
    Since: Oct 2008

    My mums had a Sony digital box not too dissimilar from that (albeit square shaped) for quite a while. Like a digi-box-come-media-hub, it’s storage is expandable with external HDD’s as well.

    What’s the difference?

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 14:12.
  8. JaffaMan24
    Since: Jan 2010

    If it does HD freeview I’m sold! Play TV is pretty damn good and one of the best PVRs i’ve seen and used. The menu system and fast forward/rewind puts Sky+ to shame. Just a shame the UK one doesn’t support our HD format.

    Comment posted on 17/04/2012 at 19:26.

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