Sony Computer Entertainment today brings word that it is now possible to digitally record terrestrial broadcasts with a new dedicated peripheral called "torne".

The torne is a terrestrial digital tuner that connects to the PS3 via USB cable. Torne offers players an easy and colorful interface that lists programs. It's possible to look up programs and search the menu by genre or keyword. Using a timer, it's also possible to record in advance, and torne automatically records when the console is on stand-by or even while games/DVDs/Blu-rays are running. Besides recording directly to the PS3's hard drive, the torne can be used to record to an external hard drive as well.

There is a "search search" function for recorded programs. Torne gives viewers internet capabilities, while viewing recording, allowing them to search the internet.

Priced at ¥9,980 (US$109), torne will go on sale this March in Japan. The peripheral will also be bundled with the 250GB PlayStation 3 and available for ¥42,800 (US$467). A limited quality of these bundles will be available at launch.

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This latest product is not to be confused with another Sony product, the much smaller PlayTV, which is Sony Europe's HDTV tuner & recorder. It has been available in Europe since fall 2008.