by Dark Watcher
Multimedia & gaming devices have been around the industry since the 1990s (3DO,
Pioneer LaserActive and Philips CD-i). They are
usually high in price, and chock full of features. In December of 2003, Sony decided to market its own feature rich multimedia
The Sony PSX is a high priced multimedia device designed to be the center of your home entertainment experience. Interesting enough, the Sony PSX is driven by the "heart and soul" of the PlayStation 2 console. Using nanotechnology, the two processors that power the PS2 (Graphics Synthesizer and Emotion Engine) have been placed onto a single chipset called 90nm EE+GS. This gives the Sony PSX all the features found in the PlayStation 2 console (Progressive Scan DVD playback, Music CD playback, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation games).
The new chipset also allows for more added features such as the ability to receive analog television broadcasts to a built in TV tuner, record both DVDs and television (like TiVo), and allow broadband connectivity.
The PSX has a Sony memory stick slot
for displaying digital photos on your TV or play back music MP3s. The powerful user interface allows for simultaneous actions
(play a game while recording a TV show for example) and uses a firmware update system to add even more features to the PSX.
Two versions were released on 13 December 2003 in Japan, one with 160GB hard drive (PSX DESR-5000 priced at 79,800 yen), and one with 250GB hard drive (PSX DESR-7000 priced at 99,800 yen). An expensive, but truly interesting toy, the Sony PSX was never sold outside of Japan.
FACT: You would think for all that cost the PSX would come with a controller. The PSX comes with a remote, but the game controller is going to cost you extra! Also due to the placement of some ports, some accessories such as the PS2 multi-tap are not compatible with the PSX.