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Sony set to launch VidZone on June 11

Wednesday, 10th June 2009 17:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Sony has confirmed that VidZone will go live on June 11.

The free service gives you access to thousands of streaming music videos on demand, just in case you didn’t know.

Users can expect 10,000 videos right off the bat to download off PSN, with more to come.

Hooray.

Press release is below.

Turn your PLAYSTATION 3 into a music video jukebox on June 11th – with three solid weeks’ worth of videos from day one!

London, 10th June 2009: VidZone, the revolutionary on-demand music video service for PLAYSTATION 3 from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, is confirmed to go live on Thursday 11th June. VidZone is a brand new, free service that gives you the freedom to view thousands of music videos on demand by streaming them directly to your PS3 and onto your TV screen – complete with Surround Sound.

It’s launching with a bang and it’s packed with a huge library of over 10,000 videos. What does that mean? It means that if you put them all into a single playlist and watched it for 24 hours a day, seven days a week – it would take you three solid weeks to watch it all. And there’s much, much more on the way.

VidZone is completely free and extremely easy to use. Just download the free VidZone application from PlayStationStore, find it under the ‘music’ icon on your PS3’s XrossMediaBar menu and you’re away. You don’t have to watch somebody else’s choice of music – you’re in complete control here. Select single videos to watch on their own – with the option of rewinding and fast-forwarding – or create your own library of streaming music and make custom playlists for every occasion. Whether you want a playlist for a living-room workout or a house party – or whether you just want to check out your favourite musician’s dance moves or guitar fretwork – VidZone gives you all the options and puts you in complete control. You can even create a playlist via PSP (PlayStationPortable) and have it waiting for you on PS3 when you get home.

With major music labels on board as well as thousands of independents, you can count on getting the latest videos from the biggest names – including regular exclusives and world premieres. A first glance at a sample VidZone playlist reveals videos from artists including Pussycat Dolls, Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim, Black Eyed Peas, Glasvegas, Dizzee Rascal, P!nk, Noisettes, Ne-Yo, Armand van Helden, Tori Amos and Akon, among others – but that’s just a few. With 10,000 videos on there and more to come, you’ll find what you’re into.

Set to transform the music video experience, VidZone joins Blu-ray movies, music, digital TV, games and Internet one more reason to make PS3 the centre of your home entertainment experience. Download VidZone from PlayStationStore on June 11th and put yourself in control. Find out more at www.vidzoneps3.com.

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  1. SniperWolf

    cant wait

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Sounds swish. Free to, cant say no to that.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Who gives a fuck about music videos….i bought my ps3 for gaming and blu-rays… plus this is Europe only.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Aimless

    This service isn’t really aimed at me, although I do like the “mid-’90s Channel 4 programme that airs at 3AM” style name.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. SniperWolf

    @Dr.Ghettoblaster- i give a fuck about music video ..don’t like don’t use it… u little toat

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Random_H

    I’d rather have flash support for the PS-Browser to be honest.

    Alex

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Cort

    I’d rather have a browser that didn’t crash virtually every time I use it. It’s the only fault I’ve ever had with my PS3 but it’s as inevitable as the sun rising every day.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Launching in about 40 mins apparently…

    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2009/06/11/vidzone-lands-on-playstation3-today/

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Withnail

    “I’d rather have flash support for the PS-Browser to be honest.”

    A valid criticism, 8 months ago.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Shatner

    I played with it tonight after downloading the Overlord 2 demo. It’s not too shabby. Has a very Xbox Blades feel to the interface with a big panel on one side and menu items on the other – topped and tailed with interactive banner ads.

    Quite impressed with the breadth of content and general immediacy of it. Not my bag but I guess if you want to make your own MTV channel then it’s a pretty cheap way of doing it.

    Needs some tweaks – especially the full-screen mode which runs at a fixed 4:3 aspect ratio. And making a pick-and-choose ‘now playing’ list – there doesn’t seem to be a way of saving the entire list as a playlist without nominating each track at a time. Only evident *after* you’ve plonked a bunch of tracks together in that particular mode.

    A track-preview would be good too. I’m really only compelled to choose tracks I already know rather than try out new music. Haven’t yet looked to see if you can trade playlists or do much sharing stuff with other users either.

    No doubt, they can leverage this for Sony-owned brands and media but it needs a bit of tweaking to really exploit.

    As a free out-of-the-box service, however it’s pretty neat. Nice to see something like this actually hit Europe for a change too.

    #10 5 years ago