Sony Launching PlayMemories 5GB Cloud Photo Service Next Week

Sony will be launching a cloud photo-sharing service next week called PlayMemories Online. The service may sound familiar as it was announced back in March and Sony had also previously (two years ago) introduced a 3D photo application for the PlayStation 3 simply called PlayMemories. This time around the focus is on being able to store and share your photo memories online. Photos can be uploaded from various devices, including Android smartphones, tablets, and Sony's own PlayStation Portable and Vita handheld gaming consoles.

PlayMemories Online appears to be Sony's attempt to enter the cloud media and storage arena and to tie together all of its various products through an online platform. The service would allow its customers the ability to sync and access their photos and other media across all their devices. For instance, the photos can be viewed using Sony's Bravia TVs or digital photo frames, while Sony's WiFi-equipped cameras can send images and videos directly to tablets and smartphones to be uploaded to the PlayMemories Online service.

Sony also recently announced a new photo editing suite for the PlayStation 3 that can be used together with PlayMemories Online, meaning users can manipulate their photos directly through the gaming console. In fact, users can also edit their photos via the PS Vita and the PSP.

The service will kick off on May 25, offering 5GB of free storage. It will launch initially in six countries, including Japan, the US, Canada, Germany, France, and the UK. The service will work with Sony cameras using a PlayMemories Home software for Windows or Mac and will work on smartphones and tablets using an Android app that will be available on Google Play.

[via Engadget]