Sony Officially Reveals Downloadable Movie Service For PS3
Are you an avid movie renter? Do you take out ten movies a month from Netflix? Do you own a PlayStation 3? Then you're on the right track to future movie nirvana...just get rid of the Netflix subscription.
Sony has always said they want to increase the PS3's overall functionality and capabilities, and while some of those upgrades are a little ho-hum to most gamers (like "Life With PlayStation"), this one's a biggie: according to the Associated Press, Sony has officially revealed that in addition to "strengthening" the Network over the course of the next few months, they will also introduce a downloadable movie service in the US this summer. Both Europe and Japan will receive the same service at a later time, and Sony should announce those expansion details some time next month. Next to the Store, this will be the single biggest addition to the console to date, and is an immediate selling point for consumers.
We don't yet know the specifics of this service - i.e., how much it will cost, how many movies we can rent, how long it will take to download each, etc. - but we expect those to arrive within the next few weeks; probably at E3. We'll keep you updated on this, as it's certainly one of the most important announcements for Sony's next-gen console thus far.
6/27/2008 Ben Dutka