New PS2 model announced in Japan

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  1. Jeff*S*C*

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    From PS2.IGN.COM:

    April 14, 2003 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced early this morning that it will unveil the all-new SPCH-50000 model of the PlayStation 2 on May 15 for 25,000 yen (approximately $207 U.S. dollars). Most notable perhaps because of its increased DVD capability, the new model will allow gamers to play DVD-R, DVD-RW, R+, and RW+ on their systems for the very first time. Also of interest is the SPCH-50000's ability to support progressive scan for DVD movies in addition to videogames. Though progressive scan mode will not be available for recorded discs.

    Other new features include the ability to open and close the disc tray with the new DVD remote released simultaneously for 2200 yen ($18 U.S.), turning the power on and off with the remote, a built-in infrared sensor housed directly inside the system, a 30% less-noisy fan, and a 400g lighter weight than the original mode.

    In the grand tradition of "out with the old, in with the new", however, the PlayStation 2's IEEE 1394 FireWire port has been completely removed.

    Still no word yet on when North American consumers can look forward to the new model. Check back with IGN for further developments.





    Man, I would love everyone of those upgrades.
     
  2. Morgan Jolley

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    That's pretty nice.
     
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    I agree. Having a Progressive Scan DVD player with this kind of game library is a pretty good deal for those who are looking to get a PS2.

    Glen
     
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    so...it says it adds progressive to games...I think it means in addition to those games that already support progressive scan, the dvd player does as well now.
    Because if it makes ALL games go progressive, then damn am I buying another PS2 when this sucker hits these shores.
     
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    Was there even a use for the Firewire port in the first place? If the new USB ports are 2.0 then no biggie...
     
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    It makes ALL games progressive scan, I'll pick one up (damnit).
     
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    The progressive scan option has to be coded into the game from the beginning, correct? The new PS2 is not a line-doubler, it will just properly display games that already support 480p. DVDs are natively 480p. But I also recall reading that displaying progressive scan was a PS2 software issue. Why not release a patch disk, like they did for the DVD drivers, for the rest of us?
     
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    The firewire port is being replaced by an infrared port for a new remote for DVD playback.
     
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    I wonder if it's too much to hope for a smaller more slick looking package too. Personally I hate the styling of the current PS2. I'd be all over something that looks like the PSOne.

    Dean
     
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    My bad, re: DVD resolution. I was sure that they were 480p. Duh, not the first time I've been wrong.
     
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    That's pretty cool, actually.
     

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