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Thursday, November 27, 2003
Sony announces launch of PSX DESR-5000 and DESR-7000 towards the end of 2003

Targeting the year-end shopping season in Japan, Sony decided to launch the two models of PSX by the end of December 2003, earlier than initially planned. Sony also updated the specifications of the two upcoming PSX models.

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 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 control.

PSX is also equipped with various features as a digital media player, providing storage and playback of a variety of entertainment content such as high-resolution, mega-pixel images from digital still cameras and music from various package media. 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.

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 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.

Model Name: 250GB HDD+DVD recorder [DESR-7000]
Launch Planned: December 13
Planned MSRP: 99,800 yen

Model Name: 160GB HDD+DVD recorder[DESR-5000]
Launch Planned: December 13
Planned MSRP: 79,800 yen

PSX analog controller (DUALSHOCK2)[DESR-10]
Launch Planned: December 13December
Planned MSRP: 3,500 yen

Main Features:

1. High capacity HDD+DVD recorder
PSX, "DESR-7000" and "DESR-5000" are equipped with 250GB and 160GB HDD respectively. This enables recording up to 325 hours of video content on HDD with DESR-7000 and 204 hours with DESR-5000.

2. Firmware upgrade
Features can later be added or upgraded via the network.

3. High speed dubbing from HDD to DVD
The speed of dubbing from HDD to DVD is 12x maximum. One hour of programming on the HDD can be dubbed in 2.5 minutes (in case of using DVD-R). PSX adopts DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW.

4. 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.

5. Equipped with ghost reduction tuner
Analog terrestrial tuner is equipped with ghost reduction tuner.

6. Progressive scan DVD video output
Progressive scan DVD video output supports high-resolution pictures.
v 7. 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.

8. 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.

9. "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.

10. Compact size
Simple and translucent design in line with latest digital electronics products. Compact design (312mm width) for both horizontal and vertical positioning.

11. Noise free
Silent operation through heat control and temperature-actuated cooling fan.

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