Photo Editing on PlayStation 3?
You read that right. Sony announced today that it will launch photo editing software for the PlayStation 3 this week. The software, called “PlayMemories Studio,” is launched in anticipation of the cloud component called “PlayMemories Online” which will be launched in the upcoming months. The software allows users to manipulate photo stills directly on their gaming console.
The software will be launched Tuesday in the US at the PlayStation Store and will retail for $18. There is a 30-day free trial available.
Source - Sony to Lauch Playstation 3 Photo Suite This Week to Link With Cloud Service, PC World
With internet connectivity, significant processing power and storage capacity, top gaming platforms have the power to engage in a lot of computer activities. Traditionally, two limitations have limited development in this regard: first, the lack of a recording output option (not included in most platforms to discourage piracy of gaming software; and second, the limitations of game controllers as an interface (instead of mouse and keyboard). The combination of the photo suite with coming Cloud external storage for the manipulated images addresses the first issue. Hopefully, some creative options for interface will help with the second.
Still, this announcement reflects the continued convergence of digital media across platforms and uses.