Sony takes on 360's Video Marketplace

Sony exec Phil Harrison has dropped a heavy hint that PS3 owners will be able to download movies and TV to the console in the not-too-distant future.

"I think PlayStation 3 needs to stand for gaming and digital entertainment in the living room pushing the envelope of high definition, pushing the envelope of broadband, and of course that includes more than just games," Harrison explained to when queried about plans for TV and movie downloads through PlayStation Network.

He continued, "We don't have the announcements that you're probably looking for today, but it is digital data. We have a hard drive, we have a commerce engine, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out we will have that on the network very shortly."

In the interview, Harrison also explained that the decision to include a hard drive in every PS3 was made "because we saw the long term benefit... The ten year plan of allowing people to download all kinds of digital content to their PlayStation 3 - not just games but movies, music, HD, standard definition TV, you name it."

Microsoft of course has already introduced a TV and movie download service for Xbox 360. Via Video Marketplace, 360 owners can download standard and high-definition shows and films.

February 16, 2007