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CEATEC JAPAN 2003: Sony PSX unveiled

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.

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.

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.

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 novelties will appear early in 2004. As you can see on the photos, consoles will be made with various body colors.

Source: PC Watch

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