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Old 09-16-03, 09:41 PM   #1
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Sony to secretly release updated PS2

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September 16, 2003 - A few months back at E3, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced that a new model PlayStation 2, the SPCH-50,000, would be available this past June. The new model -- internally known as the "H chassis" and currently available in Japan -- supports burned DVD media, removes the i-Link (firewire) port, has a built-in IR receiver, and also supports progressive scan DVD movies. Sadly, and confusingly, June came and went with no sign whatsoever of the new PS2.

Today at the Sony Gamers Day 2003, we couldn't resist the urge to ask what the heck happened to this mysterious console. The answer? Well, it appears that SCEA didn't want the new model to be viewed as a new, superior console. SCEA also didn't want to "confuse" gamers by releasing a PS2 with different features. By announcing the availability of the new console at E3 and not releasing it, it appears that Sony did exactly what it set out not to do.

So are we ever going to see this model? According to Sony, yes. Scheduled for release "within a month," the new model PS2 will quietly sneak its way onto retailer's shelves, though there will be no explicit marker on the packaging to let consumers know they are purchasing the new 50,000 model as opposed to older ones. Confused? Yeah, us too. But nonetheless, be on the lookout for the new model this fall.
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Old 09-16-03, 10:15 PM   #2
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Hmm... That is a little odd for Sony not to announce a new model, atleast with new features. Maybe this one will be a little better then the current model in terms of quality control.
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Old 09-17-03, 12:35 AM   #3
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This New Model that i am waiting to pickup but still don't know how new model last long or any improvement
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Old 09-17-03, 01:16 AM   #4
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This isn't so secret to the hardcore gamer. It's been out in Japan for a while now. The same thing happened to me when Sony bundled the Dual Shock after I bought a 1001 model when it came out. It really doesn't matter to me... im still on a regular A/V tv, i can't tell the difference. But sounds cool that it supports the new DVD features... i might pick up a recorder soon for video conversions. Just wish they'd support VCD's (real or CD-R's).
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Old 09-17-03, 11:45 AM   #5
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Sony seems to almost support the Mod community.
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Old 09-17-03, 01:44 PM   #6
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I'm still rather annoyed that the PS2 I bought in June in the new packaging wasn't in fact the updated model.
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