Sony unveils PSX

Sony has lifted the lid on the PSX, a living room appliance that combines a Playstation 2 game console with a DVD burner, 120GB hard drive, TV Tuner, and even USB 2.0 ports. As a game console, the PSX doesn’t appear to offer anything beyond the Playstation 2. However, the PSX’s extra hardware should bring PVR and perhaps even DVD authoring capabilities to the table. Sony has a deal with TiVo that extends to 2008, which suggests that the PSX’s PVR functionality should be quite robust.

Honestly, the PSX looks a lot like what Microsoft was trying to achieve with its long-rumored HomeStation project. If Sony rolls out the PVR/console hybrid in North America, I’d expect Microsoft to offer a jazzed up Xbox to compete with the PSX.

What’s particularly intriguing about the PSX, at least to me, is the encouragement Sony has given the Linux community with the Playstation 2 console. Sony actually offers a Linux kit for the PS2, and I see no reason for them to lock developers out of the PSX. Microsoft, on the other hand, has done everything in its power to keep hackers from modifying the Xbox console.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 17 years ago

    I can’t get excited about this…my PC does all of the above already. 😀

    That said, this thing is also going to be WAY out of my budget for a long time to come. Again, I can’t get excited

    • highlandr
    • 17 years ago

    Hey guys, just be glad they didn’t call it the PS XP…

    • --k
    • 17 years ago

    Like many things Sony, this product is aimed at the great unwashed who would like to get the functionality of the PSX in a sexy little box that they can show to their Sunday football crowd. It’s not aimed at hardcore gamers or video nuts who probably already have devices that fullfil their needs… The consumerism in Japan values chic gadgetery more than pure functionality. This is the imac version of the vcr for the couch potatoes.

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      q[

    • Rakhmaninov3
    • 17 years ago

    microsoft is an asshole

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    consider a tv-recording device is about 700USD+ in Japan, even if the PSX is sold for 700 buck it’s still a good deal compare to buying both the recorder & console.

    also i think the PSX(play station 1) is only called PSX in US? In japan it’s just PS so a PSX doesn’t confuse anyone.

      • muyuubyou
      • 17 years ago

      Nope. PSX is pretty global and has been used in lots of global sites.

      I guess they want to consolidate ‘PS’ and ‘PS2’ , ‘PS3’ etc

        • Anonymous
        • 17 years ago

        this is #29

        as far as i have seen, PSX is not used in the asian market, not sure about in europe or other places, i’ve only seen the original playstation called psx in US/English market

          • muyuubyou
          • 17 years ago

          I’ve lived in Japan several years, so I think I know this one.

            • Anonymous
            • 17 years ago

            muyuubyuu: maybe, but i am here now and i’ve been playing japanese console since i was a kid. maybe it depends on where you read your gaming sources, but mags i buy (dengeki, hyper, etc) all refer to the oirginal as PS or puresute(in katakana)

            • muyuubyou
            • 17 years ago

            ‘Puresute’ is probably the most used term in spoken japanese. PS is only being used more often than PSX since the PS2 came out, and only in magazines, papers and websites. PSX dissapeared in Japan about the same time it did overseas (who’s using PSX lately? nobody . Sony’s marketing machine pushed PS since PS2).

            I’ve been playing japanese consoles since NES 8bit and I’m never quitting 😉

            • Anonymous
            • 17 years ago

            word, famicom forever lol….mgs: twin snakes looks good for gc
            ok i have posted enough today for the next 2 yrs, being a reader not a poster-type

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      Japanese consoles do rule. I love my PC in all, but 80% of my gaming these days takes place on my PS2. If you are a gamer without a console you are really missing out on some of the most creative stuff out.

        • Anonymous
        • 17 years ago

        heh, i haven’t played many games lately, the last couple of games i got for my PS2 was Samurai Complete(basically the US version changes + original japanese text) and Shin Megami Tensei3

    • sativa
    • 17 years ago

    i’m most curious about the usb 2.0 port. is that to allow file transfer to pcs? or to allow high speed peripherals?

      • indeego
      • 17 years ago

      APUCPg{<-<}g _[

        • muyuubyou
        • 17 years ago

        TINJAGC – This Is Not Just A Game Console. It’s pretty much a computer+Tivo to plug to your TV.

          • indeego
          • 17 years ago

          YBNEPARUNOITP
          Yeah, But No Extention Ports Are Really Used Now Or In The Past. /[<(OK OK this got old quick)<]/ I'm dissapointed this isn't an add-on to the PS2. They are historically novelty items. Console makers abandon their expansion plans for new hardware releases, and leave their expansion ports up to third parties. As Sony is embracing linux it gives their PS2 a lot of life for the future, but I'm just saying these extended ports have not been used much in the past. Hope that changes. I can't see Sony writing device drivers for tens of thousands of USB devicesg{<.<}g

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      The USB 2.0 port will be used. Sony’s up and coming handheld the PSP will have a USB 2.0 port. There are already plans of data transfer between home consoles and the handheld. Regular PS2 owners will have to put up with regular USB 1.1 speeds. 🙂

    • dukerjames
    • 17 years ago

    what’s the DVD burner in PSX for? record live TVs? burn data? sorry I don’t have time to read that doc.

    seeing that you can already download and burn PS2 games and play them on a chipped PS2, it’s possible someone will come up with a hack that allows users to backup games using PSX’s own DVD burner. pop in a PS2 game, make an image, load up a blank DVD, can’t be eazier thaܮ Aat.

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      It’s for making DVD copies of TV shows stored on the HDD.

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    Maybe this is a test product in some ways. This PSX has all the features that the ps3 should have when it comes out… By that time, burners should be affordable and would probably bring the cost of the ps3 down to that of the ps2 when it was first released. This type of product (like the psx) doesn’t really make sense today in my eyes… I already have a ps2, a dvd player and a dvd burner (on my mac), so for it to be attractive… I’d need a next generation console.
    I know that this is targeted at folks who do not yet own a PS2, but for the features and the price…. not worth it yet, in my eyes.

    Just my 2 cents…

    • zurich
    • 17 years ago

    SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment) is doing wildly amazingly well. Its a pretty known fact that roughly half of Sony Group’s profits come from SCE. Sony Consumer Electronics is the one bleeding cash.

    And BTW, the PSX is a Sony Consumer Electronics product, SCE is only doing the OS and providing the PS2 chipset.

    This product isn’t meant for the mass market, and it’ll most definitely be above $700 USD. See, since its a Sony Consumer Elec product, they need to make the profit on the hardware (unlike SCE who depends on software). It’s an extreme digital lifestyle device that’ll have a 1:1 attach ratio with Sony Plasma TVs and the like. You’d be surprised how much of a market there is for devices like this (ie: the rich mans toy).

    • indeego
    • 17 years ago

    This seems to me that Sony isn’t anywhere near to releasing PS3 anytime soon. Q3 2006 I’d say at the earliestg{<.<}g

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      This is more then likely true. It was thought they where going for a 2005 release, but with the PS2 still flying off shelves with little sign of slowing down most industry heads are thinking they will be able to hold out another year. Plus it would give them another year buffer to make sure they get PS3 and its “Cell” chip right.

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    The satellite decoder is intended for the Japanese audience, where it’s much more popular, unlike in the US where satellite is still a small niche market.

    • Rousterfar
    • 17 years ago

    There is no reason to believe this will be that expensive. I am willing to bet $299 to $399 which is competitive for such a unit in the market today. The PS2 is already down to $179 by itself.

    The thing is it does not even have to sell that well for Sony. They have already easily won the current generation. Xbox and Gamecube have not even sold close to what Sony has. I have a feeling this system is more of an experiment and stepping stone for the PS3.

      • indeego
      • 17 years ago

      Except it does. Sony is bleeding cash, even with PS2 sales. Apparently PS2 sales are nice but software sales aren’t up to parg{<.<}g People are mostly just using the DVD I think.

        • Rousterfar
        • 17 years ago

        The PS2 and PS One have been extremely profitable for Sony. Last time I did some reading up about the subject it was said that the two consoles have been some of the most profitable things Sony has had in recent years. What started out as an experiment to see if they could enter a new market (the PSOne) has become a cornerstone of the company. The Playstation platform is viewed as an important part of Sony’s future.

        As for the software, you only have to do a little research here to see that you are wrong. There was some worry in the market when the PS2 first came out that everyone would just use it as a DVD player, but that quickly became null and void when the user base got large enough for software to sell. Check the sales numbers for games like FFX, MGS2, and GTA3 to see what I mean and those are just a few examples.

        Sony is doing fine.

        • PLASTIC SURGEON
        • 17 years ago

        And ripping games, not buying them. Something the GameCube does not have to worry about with it’s format

    • zurich
    • 17 years ago

    PSX = original PlayStation internal design name. It was picked up by the media as a buzzword. PSX != in any official shape or form the PSOne.

    But I do agree that they could have picked a little less confusing name, like the ‘PlayStation Centre’ or something.

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      Yes the name of this system is a bad idea. Even is Sony always called the PSone just that, the general public always thought of it as the PSX.

        • Anonymous
        • 17 years ago

        PSone came after ‘PSX’, though. Am I the only one who remembers those big, clunky, old units?

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    IS anyone else left wondering why they decided to call it the ‘PSX’ when PSX designated the original Playstation? I think they’ve created their own marketing nightmare. Also, why a satellite decoder? I’d almost think they’d aim for something a bit more universal like Digital TV . . . then again, they probably have plenty of time to change their specifications (about 6 months, I’d guess.)

    • Thresher
    • 17 years ago

    Sony has a nasty habit of announcing products a year and a half before they’re ready to market them. I think this may backfire on them in this case. Consumer DVD burners for the home are starting to become reasonably priced. TiVo is already reasonably priced.

    By the time this finally comes out, the early adopters will already have these electronics.

    Additionally, since they’ve announced it already, it gives MS time to retrofit a DVD burner into the XBox. All the other functionality is there, just hasn’t been utilized yet. They could get this out in half the time.

    I think Sony may miss their window on this.

    • muyuubyou
    • 17 years ago

    FYI, 1 oku-yen = 10^8 yen = ~$840k

    So those 5000 oku-en of investment ~= $4.2 american billions (european milliards)

      • mac_h8r1
      • 17 years ago

      Fuzzy math strikes again….320+700+2000+2000=5,020 oku yen, not 5,000 oku yen

      SHEESH!

        • muyuubyou
        • 17 years ago

        Obviously because those are not fixed figures, but estimates. If you apply a 10% tolerance range you do it with all the figures.

    • MaceMan
    • 17 years ago

    I haven’t owned a console system since… uh, my Intellivision back in Jr. High. The TIVO feature is what may clinch it for me. Also, the backward compatability means lots of cheap games out there will work. When you have a young boy in the house (my son), that can be a huge plus. I’m going to have to seroiusly eyeball this thing.

    Sony vs. Microsoft. Has an AOL vs. MSN ring to it. Two titans, forever beating on each other. That just has to be good.

      • Rousterfar
      • 17 years ago

      What’s funny is Sony made some deals with AOL a while ago for use in PS2 that never managed to hit the market. It will be interesting to see if it ever does. Then you really might have a MSN vs AOL thing going here. 🙂

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    sure for a much wider audience Doom3 should be ported over. The first article also shows “PSP” which I guess is a portable version of the PSX. Then what looks like a “Pocket Station” unit to compete with the Gamboy Advance?

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    y[http://notcpa.org<]§ )

    • Hattig
    • 17 years ago

    Finally, a games console from Sony that is starting to look reasonably nice, aesthetically speaking.

    However, I expect that it will cost a tonne of money.

    Shame that the specs of the PS2 section of the PSX probably haven’t been enhanced.

    • Anonymous
    • 17 years ago

    still cant play doom3 🙁

    • muyuubyou
    • 17 years ago

    It all depends on the price. This do make sense if they plan to kill for good XBOX as a “home hub”. Can be a cheaper option (for the PS-One niche) when PS3 comes out, or a “PS2 -All-in-wonder”.

    Interesting stuff. BTW the Panasonic Cube (GC’s big brother is pretty nice) and they should be planning for a GC-compatible counterpart for this thing.

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