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I was thinking of buying a PS2 this summer... - MegaZone's Safety Valve
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I was thinking of buying a PS2 this summer...
Recently Sony announced that they'd be bringing the revised PS2, now out in Japan, to the US this summer - and selling it with the Network Adapter bundled in for the same price as the current model. So I was thinking I might break down and finally pick one up, since I haven't have a current generation console around since moving out of the Shamrock house - where kviri had a PS2.

Well, early 2004 isn't so far away - maybe I'll just wait for the PSX!

This sounds like a DVD/DVR/PS2 merge. I wouldn't be surprised if it uses the TiVo system for the DVR in the US, since Sony has broad licenses on the TiVo tech. It is the basis of their proprietary Cocoon system in Japan, and in the US they sell TiVo units like the SVR-3000.

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kviri From: kviri Date: May 28th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Personally... I wouldn't. It doesn't offer anything you don't already own (since you have 2 TiVos and HMO), save possibly for the DVD+/-RW writer... and I can't imagine that the UI for using it will be anything other than clunky as all hell.

The PSX (absolutely -stupid- naming decision on Sony's part, btw) has some neat hardware features... but I doubt they'll be used by more than a couple of games. Three words: Least Common Denominator. Like every console add-on/upgrade before it, the PSX extras will be ignored by developers wanting to ensure that their games can be played by every PS2 owner. To the casual gamer (most of their market), it'll be a couple hundred extra dollars cost for no tangible benefit.

And with the PS3 on the way in 2005 or 2006, the PSX will be forever a niche product -- at best.

Get a cheap PS2. You won't miss anything later, and you won't have to wait a year.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 28th, 2003 01:37 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It depends - if it DOES use the TiVo software in the US, then I could replace one of my units easily. If it doesn't, then it would be a harder sell.

It depends on what features it has - if it is a decent DVR and you can edit shows and save them to DVD, that's pretty cool. It'll probably cost less than a PS2 + separate DVR/DVD-R deck.

I don't think we'll see the PS3 until 2006, I don't think the cell processor will be ready for full scale use before then.

It really depends on what features they put in - details are sparse at this point.