[B]New PlayStation2 Console with new DVD capabilities, Progressive Scan and more[/B]
Sony have announced that they will launch a new version of the PlayStation 2 in Japan on 15th May. The new model will support recordable DVD formats (RW, +R and +RW, but not RAM), and feature upgraded DVD playback software and progressive scan compatibility. The unit will be 75% quieter than previous models.
However, it's not all good news, as the i-link socket - which enabled consoles to be linked together for multiplayer gaming - has been dropped.
An upgraded DVD remote control will launch at the same time, introducing such features as opening and closing the disc tray and turning the power off.
Lik-Sang.com is accepting pre-orders for the new system, as well as the new Remote Control. Use the following links to place your orders and/or subscribe to the Lik Sang Product AlertÂ® so that we can notify you once the items are in stock.
PlayStation 2 Console (SCPH-50000)
PlayStation 2 Remote Control (SCPH-10420)
Sony's official press release:
Tokyo, April 14, 2003 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it would launch a new model of its PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system. It will be equipped with new DVD capabilities and will be available at a recommended retail price of 25,000 yen (excluding tax) on May 15th, 2003.
Since the launch of PlayStation 2, DVD video market has expanded explosively. Diffusion of digital consumer electronic products is also accelerated, further enhancing the environment to enjoy games and other digital entertainment on PlayStation 2. PlayStation 2 has already shipped more than 12.5 million units in Japan and over 50 million units worldwide, making it the standard entertainment platform in homes. Over 2,000 software titles are released from third party developers and publishers in the world, strongly supporting further penetration of the platform.
Under the circumstances, SCEI will bring new PlayStation 2, with enhanced capabilities as digital consumer electronics product, into the market. In addition to the existing DVD video playback capability, the new model will be able to playback recordable DVD media (DVD -R/ -RW + R/ +RW) (note: excludes DVD-RAM), that are rapidly becoming popular in the market. With this added feature, PlayStation 2 will become able to play disks containing content that has been recorded or edited on other DVD recorders, further expanding various applications in homes.
It also supports DVD progressive scan playback, making it possible to enjoy high quality and high resolution images. With these features, PlayStation 2's position as DVD player and as the standard entertainment player has been further reinforced.
As for the remote control, new model PlayStation 2 has a built-in IR receiver, thus making the separate "IR Receiver Unit (for PlayStation 2)" used by inserting into the controller port unnecessary. Through this, controller port will no longer be occupied, providing more convenient environment for users when enjoying games with multiple number of players.
Together with the launch of new model PlayStation 2, SCEI will launch new "DVD Remote Control (for PlayStation 2)" (SCPH-10420). It will become possible to switch on and off power and to open and close disk tray using this new remote control, in addition to the existing capabilities.
Also, fan noise has been dramatically reduced through new design and improved control of airflow, enabling PlayStation 2 users to enjoy games and DVD videos in a more comfortable environment.
With PlayStation and PlayStation 2, Sony Computer Entertainment will create and develop a new world of computer entertainment for the broadband era through the fusion of game, music, movies, and broadcasting.
1. Reinforcement of DVD video playback capability
In addition to the existing DVD video playback capability, the new model will also
support DVD -R/ -RW disks recorded in video mode and DVD -RW recorded in VR
mode (note: excludes DVD-RAM). It is also possible to play DVD +R/ +RW disks.
* Playback only. Scratch or dirt on DVD -R/ -RW and DVD +R/ +RW disks, recording conditions, specific recorder
attributes and other conditions may cause failure in playback.
2. Support of DVD video progressive scan output
By connecting PlayStation 2 to TV set supporting progressive scan image (525p)
through "Component AV Cable (for PlayStation 2" (SCPH-10100) or "D-Terminal AV
Cable with Audio Plugs (for PlayStation 2)" (SCPH-10330), it is possible to enjoy DVD
videos with high quality and high resolution progressive images.
3. Built-in IR receiver
With the built-in IR receiver inside the PlayStation 2 hardware, it is now possible to
operate the remote control without using the separate "IR Receiver Unit (for PlayStation
2)", which was required to be inserted into the controller port.
4. Operation of power switch and disk tray with the new DVD Remote Control
It is now possible to operate the power switch (on/standby/reset) of PlayStation 2 and
opening and closing of disk tray, using the separately sold "DVD Remote Control (for
PlayStation 2)" (SCPH-10420).
* Power switch and disk tray cannot be controlled by Remote Control Kit (SCPH-10170) or remote controls bundled
with old models of PlayStation 2 hardware (SCPH-18000 and SCPH-37000).
5. Quieter design
It adopts a new airflow design which reduced fan noise by 75% comparing to the
*Compared at SCEI's measurement standard.
NOW THE REAL QUESTION WOULD BE. WITH ALL OF THESE NEW FEATIRES, DO WE STILL NEED A MODCHIP OR SOMETHING ALIKE?
Suposing that sony wouldnt make anymore models...