In the never-ending debates of the format war, Microsoft has come out ahead on one key point: digital distribution. While this may seem like a given, with the likes of Xbox LIVE Marketplace providing hundreds of hours of video content and rentals to consumers, it should actually come as quite a shock, especially given the fact that Sony owns a movie studio. This may all be remedied in the near future, however, as rumors are floating about that Sony will dive into the digital distribution space in the form of their very own movie download service via the PS3. Sony definitely needs to take this opportunity to place themselves even with 360’s LIVE service in terms of direct download media that is accessible at any time, from anywhere.
“Many of you have been hearing rumblings about a video service that will allow you to download full-length TV shows and movies via PlayStation Network for North America,” writes Peter Dille, senior VP of marketing for SCEA, “While I don’t have any new announcements here for the PlayStation Nation, it’s already been confirmed that we’ll be offering a video service for PS3 in a way that separates the service from others you’ve seen or used. Ultimately the goal of the PlayStation Network service will be to break through the overwhelming clutter of digital media to give you the TV, movies and gaming content you want. More on this very soon…”
So that seems to confirm the speculation, while also completely leaving us in the dark as to any kind of specifics about the service itself. Oh, don’t you love the world of corporate speak?