Although Hulu Plus will be open to all PlayStation 3 owners next week, Google TV is rumored to be arriving in Spring 2011.
Wednesday brought rumors that Google TV was heading to the PlayStation 3. The news arrived shortly after the disc-free version of Netflix became available for the Sony console and prior to Sony's confirmation that Hulu Plus was heading to all Sony devices, including the PlayStation 3.
Last week we reported that the supposed PlayStation Phone would use Google's Android 2.2 (Froyo) and could possibly grant access to the thousands of apps already available on the Android Market. A Sony spokesperson even admitted that the company had a "relationship" with Google without further elaboration. That said, rumors of Google TV heading to Sony devices isn't quite so far-fetched--Sony already offers a Blu-ray player with Google TV installed.
While a specific source wasn't provided, the rumor pins Google TV's launch on the PlayStation 3 for Spring 2011. It's speculated that Google TV will be Sony's retaliation against Microsoft's deal with AT&T to provide U-Verse for the Xbox 360. However a more concrete theory suggests that Google TV would bring apps to the PlayStation 3 in one huge bundle including YouTube, Facebook, Last.fm, Twitter and more.
It also wouldn't be surprising to see Google's Chrome browser replace the clunky, annoying stock version currently residing on the console. Given that the PlayStation 3 supports the use of USB mice and keyboards, the console would provide a more user-friendly, PC-like experience through the use of Google's installed software.
In related news, PlayStation Network Senior director Susan Panico said that Hulu Plus was now available on 2010 BRAVIA HDTVs and BRAVIA Internet Video Link (via the BRAVIA Internet Video platform), with additional devices such as Blu-ray players and more receiving support soon. However Panico added that Hulu Plus would also be available via the PlayStation Network's free access, unlocking the video streaming service to all PlayStation 3 owners.
"Beginning next week, Hulu Plus will lift the invitation-only availability of its service, which was previously exclusive to select PlayStation Plus subscribers, and open it up to all PlayStation Network members, making the PlayStation 3 the first and only console dedicated to gaming to offer the service," Panico said.
The subscription will cost $9.99 per month, however those who already pay the yearly fee for PlayStation Plus will get the Hulu Plus service for free.