Japanese PS3s Get DVR Add-on

Posted Fri Jan 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM PST by

We’re still waiting for information as to whether we’ll be getting these in the US, but Japan finally got their DVR.

Torne is an adapter for Japanese PS3s that essentially gives the system DVR functionality. European markets were granted the privilege back in 2008, and Japan finally got it this week, but there’s no word on a US release.

Of course, it’s not just a tuner with recording capabilities. The Torne can schedule single recordings or series recordings like most DVRs but it also allows simple keyword searches of programs. When using Torne, you can set your PS3 to standby mode and it’ll pop on in time to record the show on the PS3’s internal hard drive, or onto an external drive connected by USB.

PSP owners get added functionality, as Torne can convert the video, for you to pop it onto a Memory Stick and let you play it right on your PSP. And of course, the PSP can be used to schedule and record shows through the remote play function.

It’s going for the equivalent of $110 in Japan. Don’t get excited about importing though, this isn’t going to work in the US.

Source: Playstation (Via Google Translate)

See what people are saying about this story in our forums area, or check out other recent discussions.

Tags: Playstation3, Sony (all tags)