PlayTV for Playstation 3 launches

Sony's PlayTV, a recording device that can be run in conjunction with a Playstation 3, launches next week.

Playstation users in New Zealand can use the PlayTV device to record any Freeview digital video in high definition, and watch either on their TV or on their PSP, Sony Vaio laptops and Sony Ericsson AINO mobile phone.

Because of PlayTV's Remote Play feature, users will also be able to watch live TV from their mobile devices, as long as they have a WiFi connection and their PS3 at home is turned on and connected to the internet. They will also be capable of programming shows to record from their Sony mobile devices. This will be a great addition for anyone who has ever left the house and belatedly remembered that they forgot to programme their TiVo.

Like with MySky or TiVo, users can pause and rewind television shows as they are watching them. Video can be recorded while the PS3 is being used for other functions such as gaming or Blu-ray. However Sony has admitted that game play may be adversely affected, and the feature is not available while playing PS2 games.

PlayTV connects to the PS3 via a USB cable and features a 13 day programming guide.

The device costs $200, but has no ongoing subscription costs.

Sony spokesperson David Hine said the service delivered all of the features that other recording devices on the market did, at "a fraction" of the cost.

"The game really is just the start of the home entertainment experience with Playstation 3," he said.

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