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Sony PlayTV unboxed: underwhelming compared to initial promise

Sony PlayTV unboxed: underwhelming compared to initial promise

Sony's PlayTV has almost begun to reach the hands of European gamers, and Stuff.TV is one of the first to have their opinions up.  The dual-tuner add-on to the PS3 has suffered many delays and, more ominously, a couple of significant feature cuts since it was first announced a year ago: both the ability to transfer recordings to PSP, PC or MemoryStick, and the ability to record OTA HD channels.

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Sony at work on PlayTV 2

Sony at work on PlayTV 2

Remember back in 2008 when we first started to hear rumblings about the slick Sony PlayTV? It's been a while since we talked about the PlayTV device, so we won’t be mad if you forgot. Basically, PlayTv is a free-to-air digital TV tuner and PVR add-on for the PS3. The thing launched in the UK a while back but has yet to appear stateside.

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Sony deny rumored PlayTV July launch & pricing

Sony deny rumored PlayTV July launch & pricing

TV addicts looking for PVR functionality on their PS3 will have to wait a while longer for Sony's PlayTV device, is the official statement from the company.  PlayTV, which is a twin-tuner accessory compatible with over-the-air digital TV - such as the Freeview system in the UK - was first announced at the Leipzig games show in Germany last year.  Amazon.co.uk recently put up a pre-order page for the gadget, pricing it at £59.99 ($118.82) for a July 31st launch; however, that has since been taken down.

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Sony Torne digital TV tuner for Japanese PS3 announced

Sony Torne digital TV tuner for Japanese PS3 announced

As well as the 250GB PS3, Sony Japan have also announced a new digital TV tuner peripheral for the console.  The Sony Torne will drop in March 2010, and offer Japanese buyers a way to watch digital terrestrial TV broadcasts on their PS3, together with PVR functionality that allows for recording content (either to the PS3's HDD or a connected USB 2.0 drive) even while the PS3 is being used for gaming, Blu-ray playback or just in standby mode.

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Sony Ericsson Satio and Aino finally hitting shelves

Sony Ericsson Satio and Aino finally hitting shelves

It's taken a while, but Sony Ericsson's Satio and Aino cellphones are finally hitting shelves, at least in the UK.  The two touchscreen handsets were first announced back in May - you can see our hands-on videos with each after the cut - and aim to deliver both entertainment and communication.  The Aino (seen here in its bundled dock) can stream content from a PlayStation 3 via the Sony Remote Play system, while the Satio (previously known as the SE Idou) packs a 16:9 3.5-inch touchscreen and 12.1-megapixel autofocus camera.

Video demos after the cut

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