Sony adds VOD to PS3: Japanese users to get high-definition video service

Sony Computer Entertainment plans to launch an on-demand high-definition video service in Japan for PlayStation 3 early next year, according to Japanese press reports.

Japanese PS3 owners with Internet access will be able to download content onto their PS3 hard drives. The first offerings will be motor-racing vids and a BBC car documentary that Sony hopes will interest owners of its "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue," which bows Dec. 13. Each download will cost about $1.85.

To kick off the service and promote the launch of "Gran Turismo 5 Prologue," Sony is offering free downloads of "The GT-R Legend Inside Story I," the first of a three-part docu about Nissan's GT-R racing car. Users can download the docu free through Dec. 6. The other two parts will go online after the game's launch.

Sony plans to add to its online service lineup with pics and other video content from SPE and other companies.

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v1c1ous3887d ago

this service won't be available to everyone since japan/korea's average internet speeds are hella high.

not everyone in the US has the bandwidth to use this service.

felman873887d ago

hopefully we'll be offered regular definition shows too.

jiggyjay3887d ago

what are you talking about.. the 360 offers this service! welcome to the next gen Sony!

Jinxstar3887d ago

Time to get POWER BOOST! hahaha.

Cool though. Probably trying to streamline it for US. Gonna be a while though I'm sure. Good times.

DRUDOG3887d ago

Please bring this to NA!

lou3887d ago

I wonder if I log into my Japanese account can I download the video.

PS3PCFTW3887d ago (Edited 3887d ago )

thats it. im packing up and heading to japan.

WAR_MACHINE773886d ago

been mulling that one over since W took office

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