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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Vintage gaming nerds, check this out:
« on: December 6, 2003, 09:53 PM »
have you heard the rumors of the new  version of the ps2 that is supposed to be released in japan early in 2004 and a few months later stateside? supposed to be a suped-up version of the ps2 with a dvd recorder and built in hard drive. the name escapes me at the moment, and all the real details are very hush hush.

Yeah--the "PSX".  They've really dumbed it down to get it out by Christmas, according to this article:


Sony drops PSX features to meet Xmas launch date

Rob Fahey 15:56 02/12/2003
Feature list shrinks for Sony's all-in-one entertainment system

A number of features have been removed from the original specification of the PSX home media centre, in a move which Sony claims is necessary in order to launch the system before Christmas.

The PSX, which is set to launch in Japan on December 13, features DVD playing and recording abilities, a hard drive video recorder, a PlayStation 2 console and a media centre for handling music, image and video files.

However, the company has now admitted that some of the functionality which was claimed for the device at its unveiling on October 7th will now not appear, due to a rushed production schedule to launch the device for Christmas.

The system will now not support playback of CD-R and DVD+RW discs, although it will continue to play back the other, official, writeable DVD format, DVD-RW. MP3 playback has also been removed from the machine, but music playback from Sony's ATRAC format, among others, will still be possible. TIFF and GIF file formats for images are no longer supported, although since the far more popular JPEG format is still supported, we're not sure anyone will care.

Perhaps more importantly, the speed at which the device writes video to DVD media has been downgraded from 24x realtime to 12x realtime. This is still a pretty decent speed - allowing you to transfer an hour long TV recording to DVD within five minutes, for example - but remains a disappointing specification cut regardless.

The most puzzling omission from the PSX, however, is the lack of a broadband internet socket on the system - which means that it won't initially be compatible with the PlayStation Broadband service, and more surprisingly, won't be able to access Sony's online music services.

Despite these changes to the specification of the device, the PSX remains an attractive prospect for consumers interested in DVD writing or digital video recording. The top of the range PSX system, featuring a 250Gb hard drive, will retail for 99,800 Yen (758), while the low-end system, with a 160Gb drive, will cost 79,800 Yen (606).

By way of comparison, DVD recorder market leader Matsushita sells a 160Gb unit with significantly less additional functionality than the PSX for 198,000 Yen (1500).

It's possible that the additional features which are lacking from the PSX may be reintroduced in the New Year when the system is launched in the USA and Europe; however Sony has so far given no indication that it plans to restore the specification of the device to its original form, presumably mindful of the fact that any hints in this direction would lead to many consumers deciding to wait for the "full strength" version of the PSX.


Doesn't interest me in the slightest, actually.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Vintage gaming nerds, check this out:
« on: December 6, 2003, 09:00 PM »
My wife needs a $100 idea for my Birthday...25 days away BTW, I'm thinking of asking for a GC...BUT...

Anyone know how far off the next Nintendo system is???  I'm sure I'd love all of the SW, Mario, Metroid and Zelda goodness that I could play on the cube.  But if it is like next year, I'll probably just ask for some Creed CD's

Good idea.

Well, despite some rumors a few weeks ago, there won't be any new home console from Nintendo in 2004, or we'd be hearing about it already.

This is just conjecture on my part, but I'm guessing that we'll see the next generation of consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo in Fall 2005, two years from now.

There has traditionally been a five-year gap in between new consoles (for example, Nintendo released the Super Nintendo in the fall of 1991, and next released the Nintendo64 in the fall of 1996).  Based on that, the PlayStation 2 debuted in the fall of 2000, which would mean that the new Sony system will be due in 2005 sometime.

And that's the tricky part--Microsoft and Nintendo both released their new systems a year later, in November, 2001, meaning that if you went by the usual five-year period, they wouldn't be due for new systems until 2006.

However, the PS2 jumped out to such a huge lead, since they were pretty much the only game in town for a year (except for the Sega Dreamcast, but that's another matter).  Microsoft and Nintendo have basically trying to play catch-up ever since, fighting for #2 (bad luck comment deleted for now).  Their fighting is basically why you're seeing really good deals on them, like the $100 GameCube with the Zelda compilation, or the $180 Xbox with two free games, while Sony is basically doing nothing at all, running their PS2 for $180 with no extras.  They don't need to run any promotions--they're already plenty ahead.

I think it's pretty crucial for Microsoft and Nintendo to release their new systems alongside the new Sony system, in order to remain competitive.  If they waited until 2006 to release, they'd be playing catch-up again, which would be especially harmful to Nintendo.

So, I think that's what's going to happen.  I'm betting that we'll get the first official announcements next May at E3, and we'll see three new systems in September/October/November 2005.


All blah-bity-blah aside, I think that a GameCube plus four full Zelda games for $100 is a hell of a deal.  The low price kind of betrays the strength of the system, in my opinion.  It really is a good one, and a lot of the great games can be had on the cheap nowadays.

Pull the trigger, Scott.  It's what another Scott--Mr. Stapp, to be precise--would want you to do.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 6, 2003, 06:54 PM »
man, you see one bad pic of a chick and automatically she's off the hot list? i don't think so... she's a hottie in my book...

Well, if you're referring to the picture I put up--that was more of a joke than anything else.  I knew some Dee Snider-esque photos of her were out there, and they were too good not to post.  

I don't think she's unattractive in the least. . .  Hell, I might have even rubbed one out once or twice to that Maxim set. . .   8)

But Scott's right--there definitely is a dirty dirrty whore thing going on with Xtina.  Now, who knows if that's how she really is, or not, but that's definitely what she's going for, for whatever reason.  I think it has probably turned a few people off about her.

Eh, to each their own.  I get off on Carrot Top.  I have no room to talk.

(Those pics you just posted didn't show up for me, by the way. . .)

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 6, 2003, 03:02 AM »
Hey, cool!  Just so they can be seen all in one place at the same time, if nobody minds:

Nice work, Brad!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 6, 2003, 12:25 AM »
I'm going to do a little cross-pollenating here, hope nobody minds:


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: December 5, 2003, 09:19 PM »
The skank factor on Christina is enough for me to, wholeheartedly no, she is not hot

Do you mean to tell me that she isn't hot?

I don't really have anything substantial to add, but here's a nice photo that I stole from The Digital Bits of Jenny McCarthy wearing a DVDress:

Have fun.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: December 5, 2003, 11:32 AM »
Here in a sec:

Radiohead, Atlanta, 10/6/03

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 5, 2003, 10:57 AM »
While the Medical Frigate ending shot is a great one, I agree - probably not "Jedi-y" enough...

Maybe not, but if that's the case, then neither is this:

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 5, 2003, 10:50 AM »
In response to Virex's pro ESB take

Not necessarily a pro-ESB take (Star Wars is and will always be my favorite), but I was just pointing out that every film was represented (including that sh!tfest AOTC, which has two banners, for some reason) other than the film that a lot of people feel is the best of the saga.

Where is equack justice?

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 4, 2003, 05:09 PM »
Oh, and for Jedi, the shot of the Anakin, Yoda, and Ben spirits together might be neat, too.

I'll shut the **** up now.  :)

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 4, 2003, 05:07 PM »
You know, I was thinking for ESB, the closing shot, of Luke, Leia, and the droids looking out of the medical frigate window might look pretty good, or would that not be Jedi-y enough?

That famous silhouetted shot of Luke and Vader dueling in the carbon freezing chamber might look pretty cool, too.

They all look pretty good, though.  I'm not a big fan of CGI Yoda, so it's good to see something new and different up there.

Nice work.

Site Feedback, Suggestions, and Help / Re: Nice New Banners
« on: December 4, 2003, 04:57 PM »
So is there no Empire Strikes Back-themed rotating banner on the main page, or have I just been missing it?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: December 4, 2003, 04:47 PM »
ha, ha, ha :D

Fantastic contribution, Gilligan.

(Would you look at that?  I've gone and derailed my own thread.    :-[  )

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