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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 May, 2003, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Sony revamps the PlayStation
Ken Kutaragi with the PSX, AFP
Sony computer entertainment boss shows off the PSX
Sony has unveiled a new version of its PlayStation 2 game console that combines a hard disk, DVD recorder and TV tuner into one box.

The additions turn the dedicated games machine into a more versatile device that could be used to play music as well as record and watch films or TV programmes.

The machine, called the PSX, is seen as a crossover device that Sony hopes will unite game players and users of its other consumer electronics.

The PSX will be launched in Japan this year but will not reach the US or Europe until 2004.

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The electronics giant did not reveal how much the PSX will cost when it goes on sale.

Sony is the undoubted console king as more than 52 million PlayStation 2s have been sold around the world.

Sony PlayStation2, Sony
The old style PlayStation 2
However, price wars with rivals Microsoft and Nintendo have meant that these sales have not generated as much cash as Sony would like.

Sony is hoping that the PSX, which people use via a familiar gamepad, will help boost its fortunes by becoming as essential as a video recorder or DVD player is now.

With a 120Gb hard drive, TV tuner and DVD recorder on-board, Sony hopes that people will use it as a home entertainment centre.

The PSX is the second new product that Sony has announced in two weeks.

In early May it revealed plans for a portable PlayStation that will put it in competition with Nintendo which makes the hugely popular GameBoy handheld.

The PSX is an upgrade to the PlayStation 2 and the game playing hardware inside remains untouched.

Sony has yet to make firm announcements about the third generation PlayStation but analysts have speculated that it will appear in late 2004 or early 2005.

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