Codex Gamicus

Basic Information
Home Console
Sony Computer Entertainment
PlayStation 3
Japan Japanese Release
December 132003
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PSX was a Sony digital video recorder with fully-integrated PlayStation and PlayStation 2 video game support. Since it was designed to be a general-function audio-visual device, it was marketed by the main Sony Corporation and was released only in Japan on December 13, 2003. It was the first Sony product to utilize the XrossMediaBar (XMB), UI that would later be found in the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and 2008-model Sony Bravia TVs.

The system was widely criticized due to its high price, and lack of customer interest led to poor sales. As a result, the PSX was never released outside Japan.


The PSX is a fully-functional digital video recorder with RF, S-Video and Composite inputs. It is able to tune analog VHF and CATV, comes with a remote control and can be also linked with a PlayStation Portable to transfer videos and music via USB. It also features software for video, photo and audio editing.

The PSX supports PlayStation and PlayStation 2 gaming using PlayStation 2-based hardware, with the PlayStation 2's hardware Emotion Engine, Graphics Synthesizer, and I/O processor. It supported online game compatibility using an internal broadband adapter, and also supported the PlayStation 2 Hard Disk Drive; this meant out-of-the-box support for video games that utilized it (for example, Final Fantasy XI).

The PSX did not include a controller. To compensate, a special ceramic-white, DualShock 2 USB Controller was released at retail separately; however, original DualShock 2 Controllers are fully supported via two joystick ports in the back side, while memory cards are also supported via ports in the front side.


Technical Specifications
Save Functionality PlayStation Memory Card, PlayStation 2 Hard Disk Drive, PlayStation 2 Memory Card
Media DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, Audio CD, PlayStation CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 CD-ROM, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM
Networking PlayStation 2 Network Adapter
Connectivity PlayStation Portable
Input PlayStation Digital Controller, DualShock Controller, DualShock 2 Controller, DualShock 2 USB Controller