Yeah, the PlayStation 3 is typically something that's
discussed in the world of The Cut Scene, but it looks like Sony is making baby
steps to turn the system into an even bigger part of the living room.
The company has introduced torne – a USB TV tuner that lets
users watch and record television through their PS3s – even when they're
playing a game or watching a Blu-ray film. The catch here is that the product
is only available in Japan at present – and Sony hasn't announced any plans to
bring it to the U.S.
It may be just a matter of time, though. Europe has its own
TV tuner for the PS3 – and many American consumers have been hoping they could
blend their PS3 with their Tivo since the system's launch. Now that the system is
sold with a significantly larger hard drive than it had at launch, the time could
be right to add tuner/DVR functionality.
torne will be available this March. The standalone product will
cost ¥9,980 ($108.78), while a bundled version with a 250GB PS3 will run ¥42,800