PSP-friendly PVR on the way

If watching Bill Murray in Lost in Translation wasn't enough reason to make you want to up sticks to Japan, here's one that might.This week, Japan wil

If watching Bill Murray in Lost in Translation wasn't enough reason to make you want to up sticks to Japan, here's one that might.

This week, Japan will be the first country to get a Sony DVD/HD recorder that can copy video direct to a Playstation Portable, reports Engadget.

That means no more faffing around on a computer using PSPVideo9 to convert US TV shows downloaded from the net. Instead, anyone with the new RDR-AX75 will simply be able to copy their recorded telly straight to the PSP.

As a straightforward recorder, Sony's newbie could also give the likes of Sky+ a run for their money. There's a 250GB hard drive - enough for the most hardened of daytime telly viewers - and the DVD recorder can burn to most formats. Namely, DVD+RW/+R, DVD-R/RW and the higher capacity dual layer discs.

The PSP hookup works via USB and uses the console's top quality AVC video format, so the results should look pretty good. You'll need 2.0 firmware or above on your PSP to make it work with the recorder but if you bought yours in the UK you'll be fine - they all come preloaded with 2.0.

We've had no news yet on a UK version, but you can bet Sony UK is screaming to bring one to our shores.