Last night, Sony gave members of the press a sneak peek at a new "Personal Content Station" that stores user content and streams it to any device on a home network. Not exactly a groundbreaking piece of gadgetry. What is a useful innovation is the addition of NFC to the glorified home media server; with nothing more than a tap of a phone to a storage unit, users can deposit content into one central location. Very convenient.
Due to its media-geared focus, Sony's Personal Content Station (PCS) has a bunch of media-related features. For example, it has a full HDMI out port for exporting your favorite videos to your TV. Additionally, it can convert your AVCHD videos from your camcorder to an MP4 format automatically, allowing you to watch your personally-made content on your tablet or smartphone with ease. Unfortunately, it is not yet known if you can use the device as a remote server, or if it will only work on your home network.
Because PCS is also connected to WiFi, you can send whatever content you wish to cloud storage applications too, or even your social media network of choice. It can allegedly store up to 1TB (1024GB) of storage. While this can be achieved with one of many other devices like a Roku player or home-theater PC, Sony's PCS is probably more hassle-free given the streamline nature of the interaction with the hardware.
According to the press release, this item will be available for purchase in June 2013 for an initial price of $299. Given the price of other units with a similar function, outside of the Roku devices, this seems to be relatively in line with what the competition offers.