Sony Computer Entertainment will release nasne in Japan on August 30 of this year as a networked recorder and media storage device retailing at 16,980 ¥ (about $207, includes tax). To put it simply, it’s a network where you can watch or record live television from several Sony devices and store data such as photos and music. With a 500GB hard disk drive and access to digital terrestrial and satellite television broadcast, it packs a lot of memory other devices do not have. As Sony’s president and CEO Kazuo Hirai says, it ” will give users more freedom to enjoy television in new ways by enabling them to watch programs on various Sony products through dedicated applications.” A weakness of the product is devices can only be used with the same home network as nasne, giving not much space for on-the-go entertainment. Also, one nasne device can only record one television program at once, not distinguishing it much from other DVRs. One will be able to use nasne with Sony computers, smart phones, and gaming consoles. Below are Sony devices that can be used with nasne.
PS3 users can watch and record television via a LAN cable using an upgraded version of ”torne” which will come bundled with nasne. Up to 4 nasne units can be used at once on the PS3.
PS Vita will use an application that will allow watching and recording via Wi-Fi connection. The application will be available sometime this year.
“VAIO TV with nasne” will allow watching and recording live TV via Wi-Fi or LAN cable, the application will come out concurrently with nasne and be available to Windows 7 PCs via “VAIO Update,” a free update service for VAIO users. Many other things can be done via the PC. The recorded programs can be transfered to DVD or Blu-ray disc or stored in the PC’s HDD or SSD. A maximum of 8 nasne devices can be connected to VAIO PC and keywords can be used to look up television programs.
Television can be watched via Wi-Fi. The application “G GUIDE TV OUKOKU CHAN-TORU” will allow to schedule recordings.
No word yet on whether it will be available in countries other than Japan.