PSX (video game console)

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Not to be confused with PlayStation (console).
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PSX on display at CEATEC 2003
Developer Sony Computer Entertainment
Manufacturer Sony Computer Entertainment
Product family PlayStation
Generation Sixth generation
Release date
  • JP December 13, 2003
Introductory price 79,800 ¥
  • JP February 2005
Operating system XrossMediaBar, G Guide
CPU 90nm EE+GS
  • 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)
Input Remote control
Controller input DualShock 2, DualShock
Power AC100V、50/60Hz
Dimensions 312 mm × 323 mm × 88 mm (12.3 in × 12.7 in × 3.5 in)
Weight 5.8 kg (13 lb)
Related articles PlayStation
PlayStation 2

The PSX (ピーエスエックス Pī Esu Ekkusu?), also known as the PlayStation X (プレイステーションエックス Pureisutēshon Ekkusu?), 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.


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.


As well as PS1, the first PlayStation console came to be known colloquially by its provisional codename of PSX (this was adopted to echo the "MSX", Sony's pre-Playstation computer brand).[9] This can cause some confusion as to which device is being referred to.


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]

See also[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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