PlayStation 3 – what’s in store for 2009?

Sony’s PlayStation has changed a lot over the years and 2008/2009 is set to see a number of hardware and software innovations to the popular gaming console.

The recently released 80GB PlayStation3 doubles previous storage capacity, and with the a wireless keypad that fits into the top of the Dual Shock 3 controller, PS3 users can now use a a QWERTY keyboard instead of the system’s onscreen one.

Play TV has also been promised early next year. Equipped with dual tuners, this add-on module will allow you watch and record high definition digital TV broadcasts via your PS3 (though 80GB won’t store a heck of a lot of HD video, so get yourself some outboard storage), record a whole series at the touch of a button or watch a program on the go via Remote Play on the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Speaking of which, the PSP-3000 (the latest iteration of Playstation’s little take-anywhere gamer) has received an upgrade in the form of a higher resolution LCD screen and a built-in microphone.

On the software front, EyePet will please many a parent as this title, used in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye camera, creates a responsive virtual pet (which looks a bit monkey-like) that follows your every move.