Slightly longer to wait, slightly less to pay. You win some, you lose some.
PlayTV has been a pretty long time coming, but come next month we had thought those delays would be ending. It turns out, though, that the 10th of September release mooted by David Reeves isn’t happening any more. Making up for that, though, the device is seeing a small price drop from what we expected.
In the UK at least, the device will now cost £69.99 rather than the €99 (~£80) we had previously heard. The release delay isn’t that extensive either, slipping back a mere nine days, to (you guessed it) Friday the 19th. I doubt we’ll see queues outside shops for this launch, though.
In case you aren’t familiar with the concept, PlayTV is Sony’s forthcoming PVR attachment for the PlayStation 3. Not only does it pack two digital tuners allowing the recording of one programme while watching another, but Sony’s developers have magic-ed the latest firmware updates to allow recording while playing games. The decoders are even capable of decoding HD MPEG-4 streams, should anyone ever decide to broadcast some.