Full Blown Details on PSX
Today, at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) show, Sony made a huge wave with the full blown detailed revelation of the PSX. As already known, the PSX is a high-end multimedia unit that can do pretty much everything but make your bed. For starters, there will be two models of the PSX; one that costs $725 and comes with a 160GB HDD, and another that costs $906 and comes with a 250GB HDD. The 160GB HDD will be able to record up to 33 hours when set on the highest quality, and 206 hours when set on the lowest. The 250GB HDD will be able to store 53 hours on highest, and 325 on highest. In addition to recording TV programs onto your HDD, you can take what was recorded and burn it to a DVD-R, DVD-RW or a DVD+RW. What's incredible is that the recording speed of the DVD-R drive is a blistering 24x - six-times more powerful than any other DVD-R drive on the market. Unfortunately, Sony never commented on the rewriting speed of the DVD-R drive, but we have high hopes it's still boastful.
In case you don't know, the PSX also allows you to play PSOne and PS2 games. The controllers plug in through the back, and the cord runs underneath the console (the console is raised). Each PSX unit comes with one pearl-white Dual Shock 2 controller, which is strangely not compatible with standard PS2 or PSOne units. A remote control for the PSX will be included as well. The memory card slots, memory stick port, and the USB ports are [concealed] on the front of the unit, meanwhile everything else remains in the back. The PSX features inputs and outputs for S-video, component video, composite video, standard audio, and optical-audio.
The PSX will do everything your current PS2 does, and that does include going online. Fortunately enough, it will also allow you to record and play simultaneously, and that doesn't exclude any game - not even MMORPGs that will require the HDD, as well. Sony will release the PSX before the end of the year in Japan, and sometime later in 2004 for the rest of the world. It must be noted that the PSX in no way replaces the PS2 or the PSOne and it is not meant to be thought of as a videogame console. Also, the Japanese price of the unit doesn't reflect the price of the unit when it arrives stateside.
10/7/2003 Arnold Katayev