PSX (video game console)

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PSX
Psxlogo.svg
Console psx.jpg
PSX on display at CEATEC 2003
Developer Sony Computer Entertainment
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Product family PlayStation
Type
Generation Sixth generation
Release date
  • JP December 13, 2003
Introductory price 79,800 ¥
Discontinued
  • JP February 2005
Media
Operating system XrossMediaBar, G Guide
Power AC100V、50/60Hz
CPU 90nm EE+GS
Storage
  • PlayStation 2 memory card 8 megabyte
  • PlayStation memory card (128 kilobytes/1 megabit)
  • 160 GB Hard Drive (5000 series),
    250 GB Hard Drive (7000 series)
Display
Sound
Input Remote control
Controller input DualShock 2, DualShock
Connectivity
Dimensions 312 × 323 × 88 mm (12.3 × 12.7 × 3.5 in)
Weight 5.8 kg (13 lb)
Related articles PlayStation
PlayStation 2
Website http://www.psx.sony.co.jp/

The PSX, also known as the PlayStation X, is a Sony digital video recorder with a fully integrated PlayStation 2 video game console. It was released in Japan on December 13, 2003. Since it was designed to be a general-purpose consumer video device, it was marketed by the main Sony Corporation instead of Sony Computer Entertainment. Its high cost resulted in poor sales,[2] meaning that the PSX was never released outside Japan.

Features[edit]

The device is a fully functional digital video recorder with an included Infrared remote control and S-Video, composite video, and RF inputs. It is able to tune analog VHF and CATV. It can also be linked with a PlayStation Portable to transfer videos and music via USB ports,[3] and features software for non-linear video editing, image editing and audio editing.[4] DVD+R support was to be introduced in a future update.[needs update]

It was the first device to use Sony's XrossMediaBar (XMB) graphical user interface, which was later used on the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, and 2008-era BRAVIA TVs.

The PSX fully supports both PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software by its slot-loading DVD drive, as the onboard EE+GS chip is a unification of the PS2's Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips. Online game compatibility is available using the broadband connection; Games that use the PS2 HDD (such as Final Fantasy XI) are supported as well.[5]

While the PSX is not supplied with any game controllers, there are two controller ports on the back of the device. Black or Ceramic White DualShock 2's with 4-meter long cables were sold separately,[6] and standard DualShock and DualShock 2 controllers were also compatible. Two PlayStation memory card ports were on the front of the PSX, behind a panel cover.[7]

Like the "regular" PlayStation 2 models, the PSX can be laid horizontally or stood vertically.

Retail configurations[edit]

The PSX was released in eight retail configurations during its lifespan; the 5000 series (with an embossed logo on top and grey stripe at the back) shipped with 160 GB Hard disk drives, while the 7000 series (with a coloured logo on top and black stripe at the back) contained 250 GB drives. Software updates were made available by disc and download.[citation needed]

The 7500/7700 models added a Ghost Reduction Tuner.[citation needed] The inclusion of BS and UHF/VHF connectors varied by model. Only the final revision of each series supported the PlayStation Portable.

Comparison of PSX systems
Model Storage Front HDD Access light i.LINK port VHF/UHF In VHF/UHF Out BS In BS Out PSP Compatible
DESR-5000 160GB HDD No No Yes No Yes No No
DESR-7000 250GB HDD No No Yes No Yes No No
DESR-5100 160GB HDD No No Yes No Yes No No
DESR-7100 250GB HDD No No Yes No Yes No No
DESR-5500 160GB HDD Yes No Yes Yes No No No
DESR-7500 250GB HDD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DESR-5700 160GB HDD Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
DESR-7700 250GB HDD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

All models have two sets of indicator lights, power lights and Infrared receivers; one along the front for horizontal orientation, and a second strip along the top-back for vertical orientation. The 'Disk Rec' indicator is only on the front of the device in later models.

Etymology[edit]

As well as PS1, the first PlayStation console came to be known colloquially by its provisional codename of PSX.[9] This can cause some confusion as to which device is being referred to.

Colours[edit]

The PSX was initially displayed at CEATEC in white, silver, yellow, red and blue.[10] The white variant was released commercially, with a limited edition silver model made available in 2004.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sony. "PSX DESR-7700 5700 Parts". Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Next Gen Console Wars: Revenge of Kutaragi", TeamXbox website, June 13, 2005
  3. ^ "ハードディスク搭載DVDレコーダー"PSX" "PSP"" (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "聞かせて! みんなの"PSX"生活" (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "ハードディスク搭載DVDレコーダー"PSX"" (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "ハードディスク搭載DVDレコーダー"PSX" Accessories" (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "ハードディスク搭載DVDレコーダー"PSX" Parts" (in Japanese). Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Making Of: PlayStation". Edge. Future Publishing. 24 April 2009. p. 5. Retrieved 27 September 2009. "SCEA hated the name and wanted to change it to PSX, a contraction of the project’s codename […] the US nevertheless went ahead with early trade promotion, calling it PSX," 
  9. ^ PS-X (PlayStation Experimental) was an internal code name for the PlayStation during development.[8] The popular use of the "PSX" abbreviation outside Sony became a source of confusion when Sony Of Japan ignored Sony of America's decision and introduced its PSX digital video recorder in 2003.
  10. ^ "Officially announced the Sony PSX, at CEATEC venue". October 7, 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "高度なグラフィックス性能で DVD作成の新しい楽しみを提案する"PSX"発売". 16 June 2004. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 

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