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weta
10-07-2003, 07:54 PM
<center>Sony PSX unveiled</center>

As promised, Sony unveiled its new PSX family of gaming consoles featuring integrated hard drives and capable of DVD recording. The family includes two models: higher-end DESR-7000 with 250Gb HDD and lower-end DESR-5000 with 160Gb drive.

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Actually PSX is a hybrid of PlayStation 2 gaming console, HDD, DVD recorder, TV tuner, digital photo album and media player. New models are based on already familiar Emotion Engine as CPU, Graphic Synthesizer as GPU and improved OS PS2. So now besides complete PS2 support, the new device is capable of HDD storage, ATRAC3/MP3 playback, DVD recording, etc.

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The higher-end model supports 6 video modes: standard HQ/HSP/SP and additional LP/EP/SLP (the lower-end model supports only HQ, SP, SLP). The integrated DVD recorder supports DVD-R (Video), DVD-RW (Video/VR), DVD+RW (+VR), with DVD+R support coming in the future.

Interfaces include USB1.1, Memory Stick slot, PlayStation 2 peripheral connectors, composite AV-in/out, digital S/PDIF, etc.

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Sized 312x88x323mm, new consoles weigh 5.6kg. Both models will be available for sale in Japan closer to the year-end. At that DESR-7000 is estimated ¥99.8 thousand, DESR-5000 ¥79.8 thousand (about $900 and $720, respectively). In Europe and North America the PSX will appear early in 2004.

Digit-Life

Yes I know I've got a thread going on the PSX, but I can't find it. :grr:

Beefy
10-07-2003, 08:10 PM
Saw a report on this a while ago. First time I've seen pics though. One question - where do the controllers plug in? It's strange not having controller ports at the front.

Soulburner
10-07-2003, 10:34 PM
Looks like Sonys answer to the Xbox, although a bit pricey it does include DVD burning.

weta
10-08-2003, 03:21 AM
Beefy: I've already got a thread going on the PSX, but I can't find it. The controllers plug in at the back, so I would guess that the leads are longer than on the standard PS2.

weta
12-09-2003, 05:51 AM
Sony forced to clip PSX's wings
The console bundles gaming and entertainment

Sony's revamped PlayStation console, the PSX, has been stripped of some features so it can be rushed onto shop shelves in Japan in time for Christmas.
The entertainment system, on sale in Japan from 13 December, is a PS2, hard disk drive, DVD recorder and TV tuner.

But its recording speed has been cut and some audio and picture formats will not be supported, like MP3.

Sony wants the multimedia box to appeal to serious gamers, but also fans of all-in-one home entertainment products.

Missing formats

The original list of features for the shiny do-it-all machine was announced by Sony on 7 October.

But now Sony has confirmed that the PSX will not record or play DVDs in the DVD+RW format, but will play and record in DVD-R or DVD-RW formats.

DVD copying time is slashed, but it is still quick
The DVD+RW format allows discs to be recorded onto many times. The DVD-RW format is rewritable but not the DVD-R.

The recording speed has been cut from 24x real-time to 12x real-time. This means copying an hour's worth of recorded TV onto a DVD will take about five minutes.

Although it will not be able to play MP3 music files, it will play Sony's own format ATRAC as well as others. Playing CDs in CD-R format is also out for PSX owners.

The system will not does not come with an antenna output, which means if people want to use both a TV and the PSX, their antenna may need to be split.

Another omission is a broadband socket, meaning it will not be compatible with the PlayStation broadband service initially.

Even though much of the machine's specification has been pared down, the electronics giant said many of the functions will be replaced through net downloads in the future.

The PSX, which will sell in Japan for about 420, can record more than 200 hours of TV on its 160 GB hard disk. A deluxe version with a 250GB drive will also be available for around 500.

The machine is expected to go on sale in Europe and the US in 2004.

BBC News

E^vol
12-12-2003, 06:29 AM
Originally posted by [b]weta
The recording speed has been cut from 24x real-time to 12x real-time. This means copying an hour's worth of recorded TV onto a DVD will take about five minutes. 12x DVD recording ? Damn ! :wow: I was looking forward to buying an 8x burner ! Are we talking about the same speed rating ?

weta
12-19-2003, 07:24 PM
PSX Japanese launch 'wildly successful'

Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun reports that Sony's recently launched PSX - essentially a PlayStation 2 with additional hard drive and DVD recording features - has proved an instant success.
The first batch of units has very nearly sold out already, with retailers claiming huge demand for the machines.

Only last week analysts suggested the console could have difficulty in reaching targets, in part because some of the machine's original specs have since been lowered.

But Sony will no doubt be heartened by the huge demand for this uber-console, which effectively serves as a stop-gap until the release in 2006 of their PS3 console. The PSX will launch in Europe and the USA in 2004.

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