Television may be a serious business, but Sony has just made gaming hardware an important player in the next generation of TV. Last week, the company announced that the PlayStation Portable (PSPT) has a new firmware upgrade that will allow it to receive audio and video content through a LocationFree Base Station.
Sony’s LocationFree lets users access their entertainment content around the house using a wireless network connection. It also lets them access the same content remotely, across a broadband Internet connection. This announcement means that you can now use a PSPT as a LocationFree display. So the same device used for games can also be used to play back broadcast TV, DVDs, or shows that you’ve recorded on a digital video recorder.
This is an important step in the move toward a major change in how we think about TV. Instead of being tied to a specific place and time, we will be able to watch what we want, when we want, and where we want. That’s how we think about music these days; take your tunes with you and listen anywhere. Soon, we will think the same way about video content.