One of the more interesting announcements from Sony at this year’s E3 was their PS2 spin-off which they are calling the PSX.
In addition to the basic features of a game console, PSX will offer a DVD recorder, a 120GB hard drive, a TV tuner, an Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port and a Memory Stick slot.
The PSX shares a number of components with PlayStation 2, including the Emotion Engine processor and the operating system. But the company tried to design it as a “digital appliance of the next generation,” and as more than just a game console, by infusing the elements of a PC and an audio-video appliance, said Ken Kutaragi, head of Sony Computer Entertainment.
In short, take a Playstation 2 that can already act as a DVD player and add in the ability to burn DVDs as well as the ability to act like a PVR (Personal Video Recorder) such as a TiVO. With the now-integrated networking card and hefty hard drive Sony may be able to realize their ambition of delivering movies via broadband. Pick one of these up and you’ll have an all-in-one home theater entertainment device without equal.
Considering the number of people I know already who burn VideoCDs and DVDs of shows they’ve recorded using hacked TiVOs, ReplayTVs or Radeon All-In-Wonder video cards, this new version of the Playstation 2 could be very attractive for it’s one-stop shopping approach. Needless to say the PSX does have some form of DRM (document rights management) built into it so rampant copying of DVDs and other such activities will probably be somewhat limited. At least until someone hacks the PSX.
A few screen shots from the PSX can be seen at KoKoRo.