Is the PlayStation 4 only 18 months away? Although the rumour is certain to be scorched by Sony, web reports have surfaced that suggest a revised version of the PlayStation 3 designed specifically to act as an audio-visual hub, perhaps even a home entertainment server, is under development.
This would not be the first time that Sony has tried to spin a sibling product from PlayStation technology; its ill-fated PSX hard drive recorder never made it outside of Japan. However it remains conceivable that the CE division of Sony sees an opportunity to exploit the work already done by SCEE and the formidable power of the PS3 Cell processor.
A Sony source is quoted as saying “We have looked at a home server based on PlayStation technology. This would allow consumers to connect home automation devices to the server while also delivering online gaming and access to an extensive movie and music library.” The news follows cryptic comments from departing PlayStation guru Ken Kutaragi, who indicated that he embraced a network vision for PS4 and beyond.