Sony PlayStation executive Kaz Hirai has announced a movie download service is coming to the PS3 this summer for the US, with similar service for Europe and Japan at a later date. Hirai told reporters (via TMC
) that more details will be announced month, presumably at E3
. The first images of the program were found via Hirai's presentation on the Sony's corporate site (PDF file
via PS Beyond
Sony has already launched a video on demand service with the Korean PS3
. The service would compete with, among others, Microsoft's Xbox Live Video Marketplace, which launched November 2006. We can't help but wonder, given rumors
, if "movie downloads" translates to general video downloads (TV, movie, etc.). We'll find out more next month.