PlayStation 3 to pick up PVR capabilities

According to Warwick Light, Sony’s Computer Entertainment’s head of marketing in New Zealand, the PlayStation 3 will gain PVR capabilities with the release of a digital tuner accessory next year. The tuner’s release will apparently be timed to coincide with the launch of New Zealand’s Freeview terrestrial digital television service, so it’s unclear when it could pop up in other regions. It seems unlikely that such an accessory would be limited to New Zealand, especially given how Sony has trumpeted the PlayStation 3’s home theater credentials.


Freeview’s terrestrial service supports high definition formats, so the PlayStation 3’s tuner could be an HD unit. If so, it will be interesting to see whether Sony imposes any restrictions on high definition recording, and whether those recordings will be encrusted with DRM. It’s possible that Sony could allow homebrew applications running under Linux on the PlayStation 3 to access the tuner, as well.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Sony has dabbled in console-driven DVRs. The company’s ill-fated PSX combined a PlayStation 2 core with a hard drive and TV tuner way back in 2003. However, the PSX didn’t catch on and was only available in Japan. Thanks to Joystiq for the tip.

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    • green
    • 12 years ago

    this seems just an extension to sony’s idea of an all in one system targeted at the japanese market
    cd / dvd / bd / tv / pvr / web / ps2 / ps3
    the next step would be to chuck in voip

    • Prion
    • 12 years ago

    I remember when that acronym on a tech site stood for PowerVR. Hell, I still don’t know what it stands for now, other than being a generic term for TiVo.

    • Vrock
    • 12 years ago

    As a PS3 owner who uses it almost exclusively as a HTPC, I’m intrigued….now if there was only anything on TV worth owning a PVR for. 😉

      • poulpy
      • 12 years ago

      /[<"Unfortunately for Microsoft, the PS3 and Wii turned out to be two of the best consoles ever made while the Xbox 360 is mediocre at best."<]/ I was about to reply seriously but after reading this I just can't stop laughing.. Thanks man you made my day 😉

    • SGT Lindy
    • 12 years ago

    Edit….reply to #16…..Now post game sales…….its reverse probably.

      • provoko
      • 12 years ago

      IPTV still sounds great, but where the hell is it going to arrive.

    • somegeek
    • 12 years ago

    Sounds fine but it doesn’t look like Sony’s going to need additional features to help sales.

    Estimated worldwide sales for July:
    Wii: 953,000
    PS3: 343,000
    Xbox 360: 228,000

    Peter Moore didn’t bail out for nothing.

      • Namarrgon
      • 12 years ago

      Be interesting to see what the August figures are like, when the 360 gets a spike from /[

      • Wajo
      • 12 years ago

      You have to take into account the fact that the PS3’s “pricedrop” increased sales considerably. As the 60GB-SKU supply wanes, sales will go back to their normal trend, with the Xbox 360 beating the PS3 and the Wii humiliating the other two.

      • poulpy
      • 12 years ago

      Could you also post your sources?

      • MorgZ
      • 12 years ago

      Wonder how many years it would take Sony to catch up with the 360 install base if they only sold 100,000 more a month. This is assuming that this trend continues and:

      – Your source is reliable
      – The 360 doesnt benefit from a price drop when it comes
      – The 360 doesnt benefit from having a cracking few months of game releases coming up

      I think this might also be due to the PS3 outofdate system clear out (aka the “price drop”)

    • Sargent Duck
    • 12 years ago

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    • Fearless Leader
    • 12 years ago

    Does the PS3 have a slot for cable card?

    Otherwise, it’s pretty useless to me…unless I get HD antenna.

      • mattsteg
      • 12 years ago

      That seems a bit excessive. They could potentially release a dongle to take a cablecard, even if the PS3 itself doesn’t have a slot.

        • Namarrgon
        • 12 years ago

        They won’t. It’s impossible to get CableCARD outside of a pre-built full system, by order of the networks.

      • albundy
      • 12 years ago

      even the HD antenna is useless, unless you like watching cr@ppy reality tv all the freakin time. Cable cards also have limitations me thinks, so your best bet is to use your digital cable box. analog tv will be cut in a year anyways, so i guess atsc tunning would be the only option.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 12 years ago

        Umm. A large number of sports on on broadcast TV. Sports is where high-def shines.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    Hopefully this will happen and push MS’s hand into releasing something similar for my xbox 😉 I mean, I’ve already got the 120gb of space.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 12 years ago

      Yeah, I thought MS already announced ipTV. The only problem I see with that is that the market fragmentation of their user base could throw a monkey in that wrench.

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 12 years ago

        They did, back at CES 2007. Supposedly it will be here by year-end. We’ll see.

        • SPOOFE
        • 12 years ago

        The need for an optional add-on didn’t seem to hurt, say, online gaming for the PS2. If a feature is good enough, people will pay for it.

        • Namarrgon
        • 12 years ago

        There’s not much fragmentation. 80% of 360s already have a HDD, the remaining 20% can add one, and have many other good reasons to do so.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    P=personal, D=Digital.
    Pretty much they are used interchangeably now since there are very few common non-digital VR’s.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    What’s a PVR?

    Is that different than a DVR? Typo?

      • BKA
      • 12 years ago

      PVR = Personal Video Recorder

      • albundy
      • 12 years ago

      all are really marketing acronyms. you can call it whatever you’d like. they all mean the same.

    • Shinare
    • 12 years ago

    Wow, a feature that was cut almost at the very beginning is now making its way back in? I might have to reconsider my love-loss for the PS3…

    • notfred
    • 12 years ago

    Well, if you load Linux on it then I’m sure it will run a MythTV backend with an HDHomeRun connected on the network, so you could already use it as a PVR backend. Problem is with the playback, I don’t think they are allowing full access to the video chip so it’s probably not capable of playing HD under Linux to act as a MythTV frontend.

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