Sony Playstation Dumbed Down?

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  1. McToast macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2003
    Sony Pares Back Specs for All-In-One PSX Console

    Fri Dec 5, 1:25 AM ET

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news) (news - web sites) said on Friday it had pared back specifications for its all-in-one PSX console, an entertainment system that includes a hard disk drive (HDD) and DVD recorder plus a PlayStation 2 (news - web sites) game machine.

    Sony reduced the PSX's dubbing speed from its hard disk drive onto a DVD to 12 times normal speed from 24 times.

    The machine also will not record or play DVDs in the DVD+RW format, as in the original plan, but it will play and record in DVD-R or DVD-RW formats.

    The PSX will not play CDs in the CD-R format, as planned, and there also will be no video format support for certain Sony digital cameras and support for MP3 music playback.

    The entertainment system, to go on sale on December 13 in Japan, is part of Sony's push to roll out cutting-edge products from its electronics division in the October-December quarter.

    The company has rushed to get the much-anticipated PSX on shop shelves before the end of the holiday shopping season.

    The original specifications were announced on October 7 at an industry event, but Sony had said then they could be changed.

    Nikko Salomon Smith Barney said in a note to clients on Friday that electronics retailers were warning customers that some of the specification have been pared back.

    A PSX with a 160-gigabyte HDD will sell for 79,800 yen ($731) and be able to record up to 204 hours of television.

    Sony will also sell a 250-gigabyte version for 99,800 yen.

    The company said the missing functions can be replaced from downloads via the Internet in the future.

    Shares of Sony closed down 0.54 percent at 3,690 yen, compared to a 1.09 percent fall in the Tokyo market's electric machinery sub-index.
  2. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    it's such a shame.... personally I see this (type of product) as the future for integrated home entertainment systems, rather than having loads of ugly and cheap looking black and silver boxes underneath your telly, you get a quality, stylish, minimal product that is jammed full of features.

    True it won't appeal to everyone but hey-ho...

    Interesting thing about being able to download stuff via the net in the future to upgrade the system?? so am I correct in assuming it's a software downgrade at the moment rather than a hardware one??

    Still looks dead funky though, especially under a plasma! :D
  3. g30ffr3y macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny
    i think its a big waste anyway... i dont want my ps2 to be a dvr or a dvd recorder or a multimedia box of any sort... i want my ps2 to play games... i think nintendo has the right philosophy of making fun GAMING CONSOLES... if you want all that other crap buy a PC with winblows media center edition...
  4. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
    Hmmm..I wonder if and when is the U.S. release and how much?
  5. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    i agree with g30ffr3y

    i buy a gaming console for games and games only...though i like the xbox harddrive idea for gaming saving and these like that. but i want a game console to be as cheap as possible, so that means not a ton of extra features i'm never going to use

    stuff like that is like bloated hardware
  6. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    PSX? The original PlayStation was a PSX. Is this a PSX-2 or something? But then people will confuse it with the PS2, which in turn must not be confused with IBM's PS/2. I think I just succeeded in confusing myself! :confused:

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