Sony has announced that PlayTV will finally launch in Australia on November 26 at a recommended retail price of $169.95. PlayTV is a box that adds PVR and HD digital TV tuner functionality to your PS3.
It's been a long time since we first heard rumours of a late 2008 launch and nearly as long since it really did launch in Europe. But Sony told us at the start of 2009 that we'd see PlayTV by the end of the year, and they've delivered... just in time.
PlayTV lets you watch, pause and record free-to-air TV, even while you're playing a PS3 game. You can also use it in conjunction with your PSP to watch TV remotely. PlayStation Australia boss Michael Ephraim reckons it's a "must-have for every Australian family."
“PlayTV further extends the broad entertainment credentials of PS3,” says Ephraim.
“PS3 already provides the best High Definition gaming, Blu-ray Disc movie playback, VidZone music video streaming, video, photo album, web browsing and PlayStation Network content. With the introduction of PlayTV’s state of the art TV tuner and PVR functionality, PS3 continues to be the best choice for the home entertainment needs of the Australian family.”
PS3 owners, are you interested in picking up a PlayTV box?
AU NZ Note: Quick update for our New Zealand readers. Sony has confirmed PlayTV will not be launching in NZ this year. A Sony spokesperson told us: "PlayTV will not be launching in New Zealand in 2009. We understand that there is a lot of anticipation for the domestic arrival of PlayTV, and we are working hard to make it a reality for PlayStation 3 users in New Zealand in the future. Sony Computer Entertainment NZ will advise of further developments and announcements in 2010."