Having now finished rolling out its PlayStation store update one would hope Sony could set to work churning out some decent, compelling content to persuade PS3 owners to use it. A hope that seems set to be fulfilled if a post on the PlayStation Blog by Senior Vice President of Marketing and PlayStation Network, Peter Dille, is anything to go by.
While the majority of the post does refer to gaming content, as one would expect given that is what's currently offered, Dille also talks about video content.
"We'll be offering a video service for PS3 in a way that separates the service from others you've seen or used. Ultimately the goal of the PLAYSTATION Network service will be to break through the overwhelming clutter of digital media to give you the TV, movies and gaming content you want. More on this very soon…"
In the UK at least the forthcoming PlayTV tuner would go a large way towards fulfilling those TV pretentions, and the eventually-coming BBC iPlayer would go the rest - in my humble opinion anyway. On the film side of things, though, we've yet to see anything other than trailers on the PlayStation Store. On the plus side, Sony does have the advantage of having a long history in the film industry, so adding another medium to its distribution network.
While the PS3 does have Blu-ray for playing HD content, there are doubtless many PS3 owners who would appreciate, and prefer, the option of downloading films. And of course it would remove one of the Xbox 360's arguable advantages over the PlayStation. Okay, so I may be getting a bet ahead of myself, and Sony, here, but official word confirming that these features is much welcome.