updated 03:20 pm EDT, Wed August 1, 2007
Sony PS3 Digital Tuner
Sony may turn the PlayStation 3 into a digital video recorder sometime in 2008, claims the company's New Zealand marketing head Warwick Light in comments to a national newspaper. The executive noted in an interview that his company hoped to release a DVB-T tuner add-on for the PS3 sometime next year that would tie Freeview over-the-air digital TV into the console, allowing gamers to schedule and capture HD shows to the system's hard drive.
"We're also hoping next year -- about the same time that Freeview launches its terrestrial broadcasting service [in March] -- to release a digital tuner for the PS3, turning it into a programmable TV recorder," Light said.
While the official did not explain pricing or which regions would pick up the option, DVB-T and Freeview are also available to varying degrees in Australia, Britain, and parts of Europe, opening the possibility of the same adapter going on sale in these areas. Japan, Korea, and the US would require separate tuners due to their use of the competing 1Seg, T-DMB, and MediaFLO standards.