Sony today announced that it will launch Sony nasne (CECH-ZNR1J), a new networked recorder and media storage device with built in 500GB hard disk drive and digital terrestrial and satellite broadcast tuners. The Sony nasne will become available in Japan on July 19, 2012, for a recommended retail price of 16,980 yen (including tax).
By connecting nasne to their home network, users will be able to watch and record digital terrestrial and satellite broadcast through dedicated applications such as Sony torne for PlayStation 3 and VAIO TV with nasne for VAIO. Users will also be able to access recorded content from PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita), Sony Tablet and Xperia.
In addition, Sony nasne will be able to stream live or recorded television programs simultaneously onto two of these supported Sony products, allowing multiple users to view the same content within the same home network.
In addition, Sony nasne functions as a media storage device, allowing users to store their movies, photos and music on its 500GB built-in HDD, which can be enjoy on any DLNA compatible device connected to their home network. Users can also expand storage memory by connecting external HDD to nasne.
"We are offering a seamless and unique Sony experience through nasne, which serves as a home entertainment hub that connects to Sony's various network products," said Kazuo Hirai, Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and CEO of Sony Corporation and Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "nasne will give users more freedom to enjoy television in new ways by enabling them to watch programs on various Sony products through dedicated applications. We will continue to offer attractive products and services that inspire customers around the world and spark their curiosity, by further enhancing collaboration within Sony groups."
It is not known if Sony will release nasne in the US as well at some point.