Could this be the answer to Microsoft's Xbox Music Mixer?
Today Sony was demonstrating one of its new upcoming services -- PlayStation BB. Sony hopes that gamers will view that PlayStation as more than just a gaming console, as PS:BB aims to take you on a multimedia adventure like no other.
Teaming up with AOL, Sony is offering all kinds of streaming content from reality TV shows, music, and music videos. You're presented with an interface similar to the one showcased a few E3's ago when Sony then had a partnership with Real Networks. You can browse through all of that day's streaming content, pick something (e.g. CBS's The Bachelor) and be on your merry way.
If that doesn't suit you, you can hook up your Eye Toy, snap a few pictures on canvases featuring some of the PS2's more popular games, and send them to your friends and family. Still not satisfied with the multimedia potpourri? Don't sweat it, simply hook up your USB headset and start a conversation using the ever-popular Voice Over IP technology. Added to all of that, Sony plans to feature downloadable game demos on the service, so that gamers can check out upcoming titles before they decide to buy.
The Sony representative kept acknowledging the fact that this was just a small portion of all of the things that the PS2 was capable of, so there's no telling how much further Sony plans to expand on the idea. The HDD is a required peripheral to take advantage of the PS2:BB technology along with the Sony Network Adaptor. Judging from what I've seen so far, the Microsoft Music Mixer -- which is a similar product -- is leaps and bounds above Sony's offering. We'll have addition details at a later date.
The Eyetoy was pretty cool looking at the press conference.
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