Hirai Presents "Life With PlayStation"
Nintendo Wii owners are well aware of its weather channel feature, and it seems Sony desired one, too...but they wanted to take it to a whole new level.
According to Gizmodo, Sony boss Kaz Hirai revealed "Life With PlayStation" at a recent press conference; it's a full weather application that boasts high resolution imagery, global weather satellite images, and even local/global news items (perhaps courtesy of the AP). Hirai wanted to make it clear that you're actually seeing real weather with this program; it's not just a simple forecast like you see on television. Hirai also spoke further about an impending photo function:
"For the primary version the application sticks to the present time but in the future we plan to build a system that can visually present stored photos and movies according to their recorded time and place, allowing users with their friends and family to enjoy the visuals in chronological order."
Er...that might be a little over the top, but hey, it's added functionality for the PS3. It's a neat idea, but we're relatively certain that most gamers just want games. "Life With PlayStation" is a cool bonus, but we can't see it being a bona fide system seller.
6/26/2008 Ben Dutka