PS3 'Remote Play' Also Coming To PCs (VAIO PCs, At Least)

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Last week's update to the PlayStation 3 did more than just make Sony's console 3D game ready, it also added future support for Remote Play content streaming on PCs—specifically Sony's VAIO brand of PC.

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PS3 firmware 3.30 updated the console with several Trophy enhancements and the ability to play stereoscopic 3D games, the latter expected to arrive some time this summer. According to release notes from the European PlayStation site, the ability to access your PS3 from your VAIO PC was also in there.

Here's the official word.

You can now select [PC] as an option under [Remote Play Settings] > [Register Device]. When you select this option, you will be able to use the remote play feature to operate your PS3 system from future models of the VAIO PC. Details of this feature will be announced on the official VAIO website at vaio.eu/playstation in May 2010.

The official VAIO web site doesn't offer much in the way of further detail on that promised VAIO support, other than it appears to be tailored specifically to hipster girls with giant non-prescription glasses and guys with great hair. But it does extend Remote Play support beyond the PSP and gets the Sony line of products closer to that great big PlayStation Network where everything Sony is talking to everything else Sony.

Update Features (3.30) [PlayStation UK via Electric Pig]

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Not only that, the EULA also stipulates that Sony may legally tinker with your unit any time they want even without your permission.

Here is a copy of Section 3, Service and Updates:

From time to time, SCE may provide updates, upgrades or services to your PS3™ system to ensure it is functioning properly in accordance with SCE guidelines or provide you with new offerings.

Some services may be provided automatically without notice when you are online, and others may be available to you through SCE's online network or authorized channels. Without limitation, services may include the provision of the latest update or download of new release that may include security patches, new technology or revised settings and features which may prevent access to unauthorized or pirated content, or use of unauthorized hardware or software in connection with the PS3™ system.

Additionally, you may not be able to view your own content if it includes or displays content that is protected by authentication technology. Some services may change your current settings, cause a loss of data or content, or cause some loss of functionality. It is recommended that you regularly back up any data on the hard disk that is of a type that can be backed up.