http://www.computerandvideogames.com Sounds a bit strange but maybe it's true.. "11:07 Sony Computer Entertainment has announced a brand new model PlayStation for release in Japan by the end of 2003. The hardware, billed by Sony as "PSX", will release with a DVD writer, hard drive and TV tuner, forming a comprehensive home entertainment system. But despite knee-jerk reports from other sites, this is not the first details on PS3, with a Sony Europe spokesperson confirming to us a few moments ago: "This new model features exactly the same chipset as PlayStation 2". According to sources, PlayStation 3 itself is not set to ship until late 2005, and with Microsoft repeatedly asserting Xbox 2 will be first to the market in the next generation of hardware, industry watchers are alerady branding PSX nothing more than a "filler" product to help Sony remain competitive with the rapidly increasing success of Xbox. But having recently posted its biggest losses for almost a decade, while issuing further profit warnings, this new hardware model is likely to provide a further financial hit to the company as it works to get its PSP handheld console and PS3 to the market. And considering the features built into PSX, pricing will obviously be a massive issue for the console, although Sony has currently made no announcement regarding this. The PSX is unlikely to release in the US and Europe until deep into 2004, which will surely have a knock-on effect on Sony's intended release date for PS3. And this could lead to the rather startling outcome of Sony entering the next-gen race on the back foot. Microsoft will doubtless be viewing this move with interest, to say the least, but a spokesperson for the company was unavailable for comment at the time of writing. We'll keep you posted on all the latest developments."