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PlayMemories Studio Brings Photo Editing to PS3

Posted by Sammy Barker

Out this week

If you’ve ever had the urge to edit photographs on the PlayStation 3, then there's a chance you might have some serious mental health problems. But alas, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not alone, as Sony has announced that the PlayMemories Studio – originally revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January – is headed to the PlayStation Store this week.

For £15 you’ll get access to a host of photo and video manipulation tools, including the ability to add sound and video effects to captured footage. The application will use the upcoming PlayMemories Online cloud service to allow you to share projects across multiple devices, including the PSP and PS Vita.

It sounds solid for what it is, but we’re just not convinced there’s a market for this kind of application on consoles. Thankfully, Sony’s announced that a free 30-day trial will be available for those that aren’t sure whether they want to crop photos of Daniela Hantuchova with a DualShock 3.


User Comments (3)



Ichabod said:

Agreed. For the price (after the trial period), I don't seem much in the way of want/need from the consumer. There's just so many other (free) methods that allow you to do this on your computer with a much easier interface.

I like the interest Sony is showing towards other demographics, but you wonder if that talent could be used elsewhere.



Ginkgo said:

I actually think that there is a market for this, which is sitting on the couch with the family and showing your home movie and photos. Even the title play "memories" suggests that is their intended audience.

If you use your PS3 as a media server then this is a natural next step. Why not plug in the camera and be able to rotate, crop resize etc directly on the PS3. I agree that I can't see anyone doing serious editing on a console, but tweaking the family snaps? Sure.

I agree that the problem is the price. I can do all this for free on the PC. Why would I pay to do it on the PS3?



get2sammyb said:

@Ginkgo I think that's a fair appraisal. I wonder if the single purchase unlocks the application across multiple devices? Sony seems pretty keen to have its applications on everything these days, and if this was essentially a PC/tablet computer application that also worked on PS3/Vita, the price would be easier to swallow I think.

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