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 Oct 20, 2004 - 04:00 PM - by Michael
* PSX and PS2: no upgrade path

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Playstation2/Sony
Sony has announced that current PS2 owners won't be able to get any sort of a kit or firmware upgrade to turn their hard drive-equipped PS2 into a PSX, the new PS2/multimedia unit hybrid.

Apparently they're too different on the inside...

The new models (the 250GB DESR-7500 and 160GB DESR-5500) will include new features like DVD+R recording, and an application that records any TV programmes in line with keywords supplied by the end user, and aims to improve TV recording and media playback in general.

Sony says the new features won't be made available to early adopters of the PSX because "inside, it'll be a different product." Speaking to ITmedia, a Sony rep admitted: "We don't have any plans to release a [firmware] upgrade for the older models."

PSX has recently enjoyed a sales boost in Japan following a price cut, having previously failed to capture the imaginations of consumers. The unit, which has been on sale for around a year, plays PS2 games, DVDs and records television amongst its many multimedia functions.
Failing the upgrade route, they'd better have a trade-in option, or many US users are going to scoff at paying extra for the new unit.
 

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