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November 27, 2003
The following is an updated to the Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc.'s press release of October 7, 2003. Please note that this update also includes specification changes as well.
SONY MARKETING (JAPAN) ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF "PSX" DESR-5000 and DESR-7000 TOWARDS THE END OF 2003
Maximum 325-hour Video Recording Becomes Available on DESR-7000
Tokyo, October 7, 2003 - Targeting the year-end shopping season in Japan, Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc. will launch two models of PSX, a new generation HDD+DVD recorder, created through the convergence of electronics and games technologies of the Sony Group.
Empowered by two key semiconductors ("EmotionEngine®"
and "Graphics Synthesizer"), CPU and graphics
rendering processor used for PlayStation 2, PSX has realized
a high-speed high-definition GUI (Graphical User Interface),
the likes of which have never been experienced before.
This first-of-a-kind GUI enables speedy and easy access
of various content to be enjoyed on PSX, with the same
level easiness as switching TV channels with a remote
Since PSX is designed to run various features by firmware via a powerful hardware engine, users can upgrade or add new features later by accessing the network.*1
The two PSX models of DESR-5000 and DESR-7000 are equipped with maximum capacity HDD respectively to accommodate various features in serving as a digital home electronics product as well as a game device for enjoying PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games.
Sony Marketing (Japan) aims to accelerate the expansion of the DVD recorder market by positioning PSX as the key to home entertainment and the core for digital electronics products throughout the living room.
*1: Details will
be announced on the Sony Marketing (Japan) website on
a later date.
<DESR-5000/7000 Main Features>
1. High capacity HDD+DVD recorder
PSX, "DESR-7000" and "DESR-5000" are equipped with 250GB and 160GB HDD respectively, largest HDD capacity*2 in each class as consumer DVD recorder. This enables recording up to 325 hours*3 of video content on HDD with DESR-7000 and 204 hours*3 with DESR-5000.
*2: As of October 6, 2003, surveyed by Sony Marketing (Japan).
*3: When recorded at SLP mode.
2. High-quality GUI
By using a PS2 based real-time operation system, comfortable operation never experienced until now, has been achieved. Advanced GUI with full color and half transparent display.
3. Firmware upgrade
Features can later be added or upgraded via the network.
(Details to be announced on the Sony Marketing website as available.)
4. High speed dubbing from HDD to DVD
The speed of dubbing from HDD to DVD is 12 times maximum. PSX adopts DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW*4.
*4: Subsequent upgrades via the network.
5. Various recording/playback features
PSX supports various user-friendly features, such as enabling users to watch recorded content on the HDD without waiting for the recording to finish, watch recorded content on the HDD while recording another program or play games while recording programs, etc.
6. Equipped with ghost reduction tuner
Analog terrestrial tuner is equipped with ghost reduction tuner.
7. Progressive scan DVD video output
Progressive scan DVD video output supports high-resolution pictures.
8. Memory Stick slot
Memory Stick slot is available on the front side of PSX. Digital still images stored on a Memory Stick can be transferred to the HDD and displayed on a large TV monitor.
9. USB port
USB port is available on the front side of PSX for a connection with digital still cameras*5 and USB game controllers.
*5: At launch, only Sony digital still cameras are supported. There are plans to support others in the future.
10. "PlayStation"/ PlayStation 2" game software
More than 5000 PS and PS2 game titles can be played on PSX*6. Online games can also be enjoyed through the PSX network services.
*6: Due to the fact that there is only one USB port for PSX, some peripheral combinations may not be supported.
11. Compact size
Simple and translucent design in line with latest digital electronics products. Compact design (312mm width) for both horizontal and vertical positioning.
12. Less Noise
Silent operation through heat control and temperature-actuated cooling fan.