PSX (digital video recorder)
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The PSX is a digital video recorder based on the PlayStation 2 developed by Sony Computer Entertainment and released in 2003 only in Japan. Since it was designed to be a general-purpose consumer video device, it was manufactured by the main Sony Corporation instead of SCE and does not carry the PlayStation brand, despite the name of the device starting with PS.
It is an upgraded version of the PlayStation 2 which added all the features below.
Additions/Modifications compared to the PlayStation 2
- It is bundled with a remote. As for the PS2, you had to buy a remote separately.
- It gets a built-in hard drive, which can go up to 160GB for the DESR-5xxx series and 250GB for the DESR-7xxx series. That means all the PS2 games that utilize the Expansion Bay are supported on the PSX.
- The PSX DualShock controllers are longer than the regular DualShock 2 controllers (four meters long), and were sold separately.
- It features software for non-linear video editing, image editing and audio editing.
- It uses a different graphical user interface, named XrossMediaBar,which later on is used in PS3.
- DVD-R support is added in the future models.
Why It Flopped
- Mainly, the downright insane prices of ¥79,800 for the 160GB HDD models, and ¥99,800 for the 250GB models, which are about US$770 and US$962 respectively ($1,103 and $1,377 when adjusted to inflation). This was the main reason for the cancellation of the release of the device outside of Japan, resulting the PSX into a commercial failure in turn and being discontinued in less than two years.
- It wasn't bundled with a DualShock controller, which actually isn't strange because the PSX does not carry the PlayStation brand. That means you cannot play PS1 or PS2 games on it until you buy one.
- It still has two controller ports, same problem the original PS2 had. To add insult to injury, it's also incompatible with all versions of the multi-tap; that means no games that can support up to three players are compatible with the device. There are more incompatibile accessories with the PSX, like the PocketStation.
- To make matters worse, all of the problems on WIF#3 (except of course, having two controller ports) are caused because the controller ports are situated on the back side, and the memory card slots are still on the front.
- Even some games that require the use of two or more USB ports are also incompatible with it.
- It was the first device to use Sony's famous XrossMediaBar GUI, which would later be used on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3.
- It features software for non-linear video editing, image editing and audio editing, something that was ahead of its time.
- The 160 GB and 250 GB hard drive options are quite big for its time.
- The "PSX" name has created confusion as it was also used as the codename for the original PlayStation, which can be a reason of why fans nowadays call the PlayStation PS1 as initials.