Torne Turns A PS3 Into A Digital Recorder

By Spencer . January 13, 2010 . 11:23pm

imageSony is about to release a PlayStation 3 add on that turns the console into a digital recorder.


You connect your TV to Torne, the device, and plug that into your PS3’s USB drive. Torne saves shows to the PlayStation 3 hard drive and can automatically convert shows/movies/whatever for use on your PSP.


Sony says Torne will have an easy to use interface, a TV guide, and allow online access while watching shows.


Torne will retail for 9,980 yen ($109) when it comes out in Japan in March. A 250GB PlayStation 3 bundle with Torne will also be available for 42,800 yen ($465).


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  • zhemos

    wonder if we’ll get this in the states?

  • Randgriz

    I wonder if itll be possible to record gameplay too

    • That would be a good idea, although quite a few people do that already. The more the merrier.

  • Chow

    Show of hands, everybody who read that as “TOME” until they saw it spelled out on the boxart.

    EDIT: (I access this by RSS, hence me not seeing the thumbnail image on the main page)

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    Need a PS3 first. If this Torne-device ever comes to the EU, I might consider it.

  • Aoshi00

    I don’t have cable, wonder if it works w/ over the air antenna. If it comes to the US and costs $99, I would totally get this useful device since I never had Tivo.

    • Chow

      From the looks of the set in one of the pictures, it uses coaxial cable. You probably relay it to the TV the same way a VCR would. But I don’t have much experience with anything other than VCRs, so I can’t say for sure.

      • Aoshi00

        You’re right, I looked the picture, it’s on the Jpn Sony site too I haven’t read the details yet, but I think it works w/ the coaxial cable from the wall, so antenna should too. Hopefully we would have the device here too, since they seem to have these services in Europe and Jpn alrdy, even though I don’t watch that much TV, I got tons of space too, just upgraded to 500 gb when I got the Slim.

  • It’s not a bad idea, but at $99, it may not find that much of an audience here in the states. That and if it needs cable, then most of us are pretty much screwed.

  • Soma

    This seems pretty handy, especially for us Canadians (since Canadian cable providers have little to offer).
    However, I would rather not fill up my PS3 hard drive with television episodes.

  • If this effectively turns your PS3 into a PVR, I’ll be all over this.

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