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No More Sony PSX!?
No More Sony PSX!? –
The official Japanese PSX website has announced that Sony will cease production, with no indication whether or not they will continue at some point. It is rumoured that the new PS3 will have similar functionalities as the PSX, making that model obsolete.
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PSX not as dead as first reports suggest.
PS2-Scene member ssjgoku4ever has notified us of an IGN report that states:
Hybrid system not as dead as we'd assumed.
February 24, 2005 - Reports circulated the web yesterday stating that Sony had halted production of the PSX hybrid electronics device. While those reports were true, and production on the system in its current form has come to an end, reports of the PSX's death may have been a bit premature.
In comments with Japanese site Famitsu.com, Sony representatives revealed that production of the PSX system has stopped, but only because Sony has produced the number of units of the current model that had originally planned to generate. This does not mean that the system is being killed-off -- in fact, Sony plans to continue producing and selling the PSX once current reserves have sold out, but possibly in the form of a new model, just as the 5500 and 7500 series models replaced the original 5000 and 7000 series.
So perhaps it would be accurate to state that the series 5500 and 7500 PSX models have finished their production runs, and those in Japan who want one of these models would do best to head to retail and pick one up.
Is this the end of Sony's convergence experiment - or will PS3 follow the same path?
Sony Japan has stopped manufacturing both models of the PSX media centre cum game console, with the company revealing that production has stopped and giving no indication of whether it plans to resume at some point in future.
The news was announced in a terse announcement on the official Japanese PSX homepage, ably translated by the scribes at German news site GameFront, and simply states that production of both current PSX models has been stopped.
The PSX combines features of the PlayStation 2 console with a DVD burner, hard drive video recorder, music player and a number of other multimedia features - but despite being well specified and competitively priced, it has failed to attract significant interest in Japan.
Although it was mentioned regularly by Sony executives in North America and Europe before and shortly after its Japanese launch, with the system marked as a dead cert for overseas release, its commercial failure in the Far East has silenced any talk of launches elsewhere.
It may be premature to see this announcement as the death knell for the system, as Sony may simply be shutting down its production lines while it waits for stocks in the retail channel to clear through - but even if that is the intention, given low demand for the system, it seems unlikely that manufacturing will ever start up again.
However, the PSX dream is widely believed to live on in Sony's plans for PlayStation 3. The Cell powered console is expected to ship with a configuration which will include much of the functionality of the PSX, including digital video, music and image capabilities.
It was a good idea, but for a niche market of technology obsessed folks who would want one of these, even the cheaper model. For all it offered, its price was reasonable but I couldn't see it having staying power as a good selling item. From what I heard not too many of these were made, and most if not all of what was produced was sold, but yeah..wise of Sony to pull the plug on this now. Maybe one day when prices go down further (its started, look at newer DVD recorders, especially with HDD's built in) it could be done properly. Hey btw, good job Sony, to the best of my knowledge the PSX was never modded
Damned nice box. Oh well... maybe I can pick up one more at firesale prices...
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