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PlayTV interface makes XMB look outdated

Europe's exclusive PVR service, called PlayTV, looks to be a winner. So much so that Americans (like a majority of the PS3 Fanboy team) are jealous of their friends across the Atlantic. If the features and services provided by PlayTV weren't incredible enough, it utilizes a genuinely sexy interface that (dare we say?) looks better than Sony's XMB. Watch this "leaked" footage from Leipzig to see for yourself.

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1. Wow..

Living in Europe has a plus point!

Posted at 11:15AM on Aug 29th 2007 by JarOfFlies

2. It's Tomb Raider's inventory, sorry. They should at least attempt to sync with the XMB's interface a little more, design consistency and all that. As it is, it's not bad though. The PlayTV stuff really adds to the sense that Sony Europe's President (Reeves?) is competing with the U.S. and Japan, instead of working towards a common goal.

Posted at 11:15AM on Aug 29th 2007 by apease

3. Finaly something good for us here in Europe!

Posted at 11:26AM on Aug 29th 2007 by Miltos

4. There are reasons that Europe is getting this right now and not the USA and they are not Sony Europe's fault.

Posted at 11:32AM on Aug 29th 2007 by DownwardMonkey

5. They ripped off the FrontRow interface from Apple which is really a shame. Sony went out of their way to create a unique and innovative interface with the XBM but now decided to throw it all away and opted to clone another company's interface. But I am still jealous that Europe gets this and North America will most likely never see it unless all the cable and satellite companies come together and share a common standard that opens up the doors for 3rd parties to bring unique and innovative products into the living room ( ROTFLOL!!!!! ).

Posted at 11:36AM on Aug 29th 2007 by chris.westermann

6. As pointed out in the first post, if anything, front row ripped off Tomb Raider's inventory interface. My point being that I bet the devs didn't even know what front row looked like when they came up with the interface.

I still like the XMB better.

Posted at 11:41AM on Aug 29th 2007 by gullum

7. I want, badly.

Posted at 12:01PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Murry

8. This interface is pretty nice, although the design of the XMB is alot more intuitive.

My main problem with this interface is the same problem I have with Media Center with Windows Vista:

Recording TV shows or keeping videos in your video library usually implies that you have NEVER seen that particular video before. So, instead of listing the videos by text, they use screenshots from a random point in the video. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT A PARTICULAR VIDEO IS IF I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE AND HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ITS SCENES LOOK LIKE?

This is a SHITTY UI design decision. Microsoft sucks and so does Sony in this respect.

Posted at 12:13PM on Aug 29th 2007 by mangs

9. I highly doubt that developers at Apple were playing Tomb Raider, and said, wow this interface would be great for multimedia compiling software. I can however see sony developers seeing the advantages of brining Apple's software to a tv set. I must say, this is what the AppleTv should be able to do.

Posted at 12:19PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Rottok

10. sony will take over the world

Posted at 12:25PM on Aug 29th 2007 by wh1ttle

11. Yeah, this looks cool. The interface is just modified from the XMB. They could add this as an option in the settings on both PS3 and PS3, it is just a matter of time, and it does look a lot like the Tomb Raider Inventory menu. I'm more impressed about the live TV on both units, that would be awesome.

Posted at 12:37PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Mike

12. Very nice. Will close captioning still work?

Posted at 12:38PM on Aug 29th 2007 by drawallday

13. WOW this is amazing how can any of you say negative stuff about this?

And to those who think this won't make it to NA i dont see any reaosn why not,. I mean sure you probably won't be able to use it in place of your cbale providers Digital Box or Satellite receiver, but it can be connect to the receiver, the problme with North America,. Canda anyway dunno about the states, is companies like ROGERS calbe and STARCHOICE satellite Make you use their Hardware. Like my TV for example it has all the abilites to be able to receiver digital signals from a cbale line or a Satelite dish but Starchoice simply doesnt support it. Guess their afriad they'll lose money cause people with HDTV's likes mine would simple have no need to buy their Hardware and then they lose out ,. go figure,.

Posted at 12:42PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Tim Parsons

14. mangs,

They do actually show you a 15 sec sneak peek of the clip/movie...I mean, If you haven't really seen the clip/movie, then why get pictures at random times? the 15 sec skeak peek is a great decision!

Posted at 12:57PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Noshino

15. The UI is nice, but there's really only one killer app on this thing - watching it on your PSP with remote play.

TiVo works just as well for straight DVR stuff.

Posted at 1:08PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Nate

16. That looks amazing. I'm so jealous that EU gets this and not the US. Its our shoddy tv networks. We're not up to speed yet. Though we got Warhawk bishes! See ya online on the 30th DolphGB.

Posted at 1:20PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Kosmocrisis

17. Sorry, here i thought i was buying a game console when i bought my ps3.

Posted at 1:28PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Sam

18. I prefer the XMB. It allows for more features to be added much more easily, it's faster to navigate, and it's just sleek.

Posted at 1:34PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Xoonaka

19. i think its a ps3 entertainment system.
the aim is to replace all that crap under your TV with a ps3.

Posted at 1:44PM on Aug 29th 2007 by GRANTED

20. I never cared for the XMB in the first place.

Posted at 2:28PM on Aug 29th 2007 by Doug

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