PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Sony's Playstation 2, with 40 million units sold globally, is enjoying the lead in the console wars but the company is not prepared to stop its efforts to increase that lead. Following the availability of online capabilities, a new upgrade is being finalized for the console which, when released, will allow the PS2 to record TV shows and will help Sony further in their efforts to install themselves in our living rooms. This step is part of the ongoing effort to make Sony's console a home entertainment hub, allowing owners to shop online, and use it for a variety of digital entertainment functions.

Our thinking is that it would be more convenient for consumers to enjoy home networking and manage broadcasting content as well, said Kenichi Fukunaga, spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment.
According to Fukunaga, the TV kit will offer a tuner, a hard disk where the shows will be stored and software to record them. There are also plans of releasing a PS2 with a built-in tuner and hard disk drive. As usual, the upgrade will first be released in Japan and subsequently in the U.S. and Europe.
Fukunaga claims that there are only a few details that need to be finalized before the release of the upgrade. The main issue facing Sony is how to manage the console's new capabilities without interferring with their other commercial activities, such as DVD sales.
The game market and the audiovisual market are different, but this product could cover both, said Fukunaga, who expects the addition to give PS2 a marked advantage over Microsoft's XBox which, according to the company, will not offer any TV recording options to its owners.
With a browser and a 40 GB hard disk already available for the PS2 and online capabilities on their way, this addition is bound to make Playstation 2 the most complete family entertainment centers currently available.

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PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

I dont think it is wise to trust anyone who has a first three letters that spell fuk u. Besides ps2 may seem good now but technology is moving so fast that ps2 will be the equivalent of a sega megadrive in less than 3 years. By then the digital tv recording and networking features will be built into tvs so why waste money on an addon that will be worthless in the long run. Sony should put their attention more on making good games and improving their internet gaming network which likely will be slammed with wannabe fools who think that the internet now is their new playground.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

SOny is doing nothing more than brain washing all the poor little sheep out there! The Playstation 2 was out-dated before it was even released and it amazes me that it continues to sell even with crappy technology, high-prices, and lame games. We all know good console gaming dies along with the Dreamcast!

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Everything is out-dated before it is even released. technology moves so fast nowadays.The dreamcast sucked, why do you think it died, huh? becaused it sucked and almost nobody in their right mind was buying it. The dreamcast was even more outdated then sony, and had only a few good games.NUFF said

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

eh, you mean like my Tivo or my dish network digital recorder that can record 80 hours of digital video at dvd quality from 4 channels simultaneously at any time? Eh, I don't need a crappy console like the PS2 to do that for me. And if sony thinks that by adding this "high tech" addon to the PS2 they will get me to buy it, well, they can think again.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Hey guyz Folk and kajajajajaj are too cool for us! But wat are they doin on this uncool site? Well it mustve accidently popped up when they were lookin up some cool stuff.Anyway i think Sony are smart at what they are doing. THERE ARE STILL LOTS OF PPL WHO WANT 2 GET A PS2! This only gives them more of a reason to take the final step and comitt cash to the cause!

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

I don't think this is a bad idea in the least bit. Yes, addons for consoles have never sold well, but those previous addons have always dealt with enhancing the games in one way or another. This is a completely different kind of addon.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

PS2 IS OUTDATED AND ALL THIS PS3 SHIT AND XBOX 2 AND SHIT ITS SHIT. PC IS THE BEST AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST. I KNOW ITS MORE $$ BUT THEY CARVE UP ANY CONSOLE... I MEAN I HAVE A NINTENDO 64 BUT I CANT GO UPGRADE THE CPU ANYTIME OR NUTHIN LIKE IN A PC WHICH ARE THE ULTIMATE FOR ENTERTAINMENT. ANYTHIN U CAN DO ON A CONSOLE YOU CAN DO BETTER ON A PC. PERIOD.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

wat d**kheads come to a nerd site, then to the comment section on a ps2 add on and start telling people to get lives? ur fukwitsand this, although to us is a dumb idea, those non-electronically minded people will all go buy ps2s simply because it can record movies. pppfffffttttt, it will hapen, it happened with the psx, when i went to buy my 64 years and years ago - some asian fuk kept telling me to get a psx cause it played music cds, even after i had bought the n64 and was walking away she persisted.this will definetly secure a already secure postion as console leader - unless gamecube decides to become like $100 or less (au dollars) which to me is the right price for the peice of shit

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

PS2 has some good games but the console is plain crap, it has trouble running its own games and when i heard you could upgrade it i thought there was no point in gettin the console....ure basically buying a pc which in the long run will cost u a hell of a lot more.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Well, I think I'm going to have to jump on the bandwagon with guys who like PS2s. Yea, the other consoles might have better graphics, but I have to admit, some of my favorite games EVER are on ps2! Also, The PS2 would probably have better graphics than XBOX or the Gamecube if it wasn't over a year older! Consoles aren't like PC's where there are casual updates to performance! ALOT of graphical enhancements can happen in one year! Also, I have to admit! Sony has done an AMAZING job keeping up w/ the higher technology competition! I have to hand it to the Sony's marketing agents on staying competitive! Sony has always, since day one, been the company that takes the first step so that other companies can improve on it! Take the walkman for example! The first of it's kind! After that, 5 trillion imitations that were as good if not better! It's the same w/ this scenario! XBOX and Gamecube got to enhance on weaknesses the PS2 had! I will agree TOTALLY that both the XBOX and the Gamecube are more advanced, better graphics, and fewer bugs! But you have to give Sony the credit for taking that first step towards the next gen console! 9 times out of 10, Sony doesn't half ass they're equipment! And they always stand by it! That was always SEGA's problem, they would make a system and abandon it quite quickly! (Master System, Game Gear, 32X, SEGA-CD, Saturn, and Dream Cast). Just realize guys that your talking about a quite old system as compared to two quite newer systems! Just give Sony credit for having the balls to stand behind they're customers and give them the most out of they're equipment! I can honestly say that I would rather have a PS2 on my Entertainment center than a TiVo, a DVD player, a web TV, and a game console!

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

All right all you Primitive Screwheads listen up! THIS IS MY...(sorry guys just got done watching Army of Darkness I had to...if you have never seen it, Do you will laugh your ass off...anyway on to the situation at hand) I am for the most part a Gamcecube fan, those of you who are bias against it because of some of the kiddy games it has are stupid! Animal Crossing looks kiddy but its so so addictive! I have friends that own a PS2 and some that own an X-Box, so I have played Halo(liked it but didn't make me have to buy the system when their hasn't been many appealing games to me on the system....they screwed up Bruce Lee so bad :(I also have friends that got a PS2 and I admit that I have enjoyed playing many games on the system (GTAIII the Gundam games, hated bandicoot, VF4 was pretty sweet, I never got into MGS, and they had a plethora of RPG's mainly FFX) Anyway there was no game that made me say "I have to buy this system" so i got the Gamecube, like i first intended to and I havn't been dissapointed yet. But some interesting news I did get whilst checking my email this morning. It was a newsletter from Capcom and well here is what it said"Just last month a bunch of the world's best game makers got together at the Game Developers Conference in Europe (ECTS, for those in the know). It was in London, England. They talked about all kinds of stuff (like, how to get girlfriends) but a few of 'em sat around speculating that PlayStation 2 has so far shown only a fraction of its potential.That's right...according to the experts, Sony's latest baby has got more power under the hood than any of us realized. And what that means for gamers is... you ain't seen nothing yet. So stand by folks, this ride is going to get rougher."What does this all mean? If it means what it implies then it just shows how stupid people are, shouldn't a game company have already figured this out and really wowed us with this "power" that the PS2 hasnt for som

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Ceminess, add ons never sell well. Sony should concemtrate on the content theat is being developed for their console instead of this so called HI-FI VCR recorder. Most people who own consoles are casual gamers and have no interest in add ons such as these. Have a add on like the 64 did....added video memerory maybe if its possible. That would be bought as that would increase performance. And for the add on to be successful Ceminess, it would have to sell at least 2 million units considering they say it shipped over 40 million PS2'S....Good luck to that Sony. Has never happened before.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

have to say i cant see it selling in large numbers. but then again it is inline with sonys stated plans. remember the talk of ps9 ? complete entertainment system ? this is just 1 tiny step in that direction. and before people dump on sony alone for this please remember that microsoft have also made moves this way (not tv encoding yet but multimedia). i will be suprised if nintendo dont follow suit with their next console when its released in the future.yep all the idiots that just flame away without a clue. it amazes me. what age are you idiots ?no console has its full potential shown at release, or even in the first year or 2. take a look sometime at the later games on the psx1 (before ps2 was released) and compare them to the first generation games. huuuuuge difference. the same thing applies for all consoles.so all the nay sayers here should just crawl back under their rocks while the rest of us see what great new games (for all systems) are coming.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

As i always argue: ppl who say PS2 is outdated hardware r wrong cause every1 know that it can show huge potential. But that dosnt only apply 2 PS2 but GC and X Box. Look at SNES!!!! Look at DKC, that beat heaps of first gen PSX games!Anyhow i dont think Sony have taken the lead in innovativion as READ THE WHOLE THING. Plz tell me how the PS2 has been innovative? The most innovative so far have definitely been MS and Nintendo. Y u ask? Hmmm Mini DVDs, Wavebird, the small design that leads to maximum effeciency. For the X Box.... where do i begin..... Hard Drive, in built modem, X Box live, voice communicator. oH ANd just look at GC's games: Animal Crossing!!!!!Yes Sony may b innovative in the home system desgin (well not really compared to other companies such as Bose, Toshiba etc) but definitely not in the Console marekt. Mayb aggresive marketing and a mass game circulation strat, but PS2 offered nothing new and Nintendo definitely did not copy the PS2s design.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Whats wrong with all this addon shit? I mean, as long as you are going to buy the addon for something else anywayz (ie: harddrive for online gaming on ps2) why not have the option to do some extra fancy shit with it.As long as:1) The fancy shit doesn't affect the pricing of the addon.. and2) The fancy shit is an OPTION.. Im all for it.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

TYPICAL RESPONSE IN REGARDS TO ADD-ONS... Read Williams post below. And you will find that this will be the attitude rom most console users. This always happens with add-ons. More-so when they do not improve performance........

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Hey William. I'll tell you who! Someone who likes to record digitally than on an analog tape.Is there actually a moron in here that thinks this is ACTUALLY going to be like a VCR? God I hope not! Oh yes, there will be a 4 head tape reader in my PS2!Look, if sony wants to make a coffee maker add-on for the PS2! Then maybe there are people who would actually like to brew coffe while playing GTA3 till 5 AM! Who knows!Oh yea.... NO DUH add-ons never sell well! It's because it's sort of hard to make a universal add-on! There's too much difference between a casual gamer and a hardcore gamer! A casual gamer will probably own this the day it comes out!And as for performance add-ons,1. Any add-on that could boost performance on a PS2 or any of the recent consoles, could put the circuit boards to risk of a static discharge.2. IT'S A HARD DRIVE ADD ON TOO!!!! That means shorter load times much like on XBOX!And finally, John John, if you are makeing fun of people for paying a one time price for a digital recorder, why the hell are you paying a monthly fee to do it?

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

The ironic part of it is this....The casual gamer rarely buys add ons for any console system, especially when it's going to be as much as the console itself. The reason for this is simple... The casual gamer buys the console and does not expect to upgrade it anytime soon. It would be the hard-core gamer to be the first one to buy add-ons. And considering the majority of console users are casual gamers, this won't sell well. History has shown this time and again......

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

when it comes down to it all consoles dont truly care for the opinions of gamers they jus want to get a bit of money into their pocket and publicity. Sony dont give a s**t if sum1 doesnt like the idea, they r gonna release it coz they want to make a pretty pound so get used to it.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Sony didnt become this succesful with stupid ventures. Hard thought was put in2 it and yes there is a possibility it will be a dud but i rekon itd be taken up farely well. Just limit supply and this is one hot item for any Sony fan who has the $$$ for itoh and i think it can b for the Hardcore gamer and the casual gamer. The hardcore gamer is goin 2 want every peripheral fore the PS2 and the casual gamer will want his PS2 2 do more things than just playying games. Hence I think Sony have made a good decision. Nintendo wont follow suit simply it gives a positive image about makin games only, and also it has the most limited capital out of the 3 competitors since they have other products to fall back on if their console sales go sour (but N have the GBA!!!!!. But it aint enugh as M$ with Windows and Sony wid TVs). Hence y GC is for the hardcore gamer who wants a conole 2 play g48 games and have their VCR, DVD etc seperate from everything else.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

hi everybody (sounding like the cheap doctor from The Simpsons)!. after a long vacation to the real world, i am back baby!good to see that the regulars are still regulars. Sloose, u back? getting bored so u wanna get dished again? heh heh.truly, i agree that this is a 'different' add-on. completely new. but hey, wait a tic, r'nt we talking about consoles? game consoles? the DVD was inevitable since the format was DVD, but hell, u don't go out of ur way to creating this kinda shit!as for p00_p00, do u wanna know why Sony succeeded with the PS? during the days of the 64 and the PSone, the 64 was originally beating the PS. larger fan-base and shit. the PS was out a year earlier (trust Sony) with tech that was beyond PC gaming at the time. that gave it a boost. it had less effects but more polys than the 64 (trust me), and then from out of no where, an onrushing of games came out. the 64 (much like the GC) had very inconsistent number of games. they had great ones like Mario 64 and 007 GE, but hey, u need more than food and water to survive right? where's the sex? where's the mature gaming and large number of titles? so PS showed something new to gamers, and dominated that era. now, even with the XBOX doing the same shit, ppl are wimps and can't jump ships b/c they're afraid of being cheated like they were with the 64. unless Sony really does something wrong (like the way Nintendo screwed up with the 64) they will always remain the dominator. which is why i am going to either jump off a bridge or destroy every Sony product i come across. the 64 was good, don't get me wrong, only problem is that their games are not enough, and can be a little immature although thats not necessarily bad.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

well the main prob wid the 64 was ---> U guessed it CATRIDGED BASED! This scared the developer cause1) Way more expensive medium. 1 catridge cost like 50+ CDS!!!! (oh and CDs bought at wholesale are like 2c each!)2) Can store jackshit on it!And when the developer is scared and wont produce for u.....1) They produce for the competitor hence Square, a valuable asset went 2 Sony2) Casual gamers dont buy ur shit cause u dont have enugh games

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Nintendo - Learned from SEGA early on that games are the blood of a console. (Super Nintendo vs Genesis)SEGA - Learned from Nintendo later on to be paranoid of your customers. (Dreamcast)Sony - Used SEGA's game strategy along with Sony's age old trait to inovate first, and took console lead.Microsoft - Used Nintendo's old trait of always trying to one up w/ technology and money first, and trying to build a gaming vocabulary second.ATARI - Inovated WAY to early (Jaguar). Also learned that a name can only get you so much.NEO GEO - Learned what sticking with your hardcore fans can keep you happy for a LONG time!

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

nice, very nice. But id like 2 point out some quiriesSEGA - Learned from Nintendo later on to be paranoid of your customers. (Dreamcast)????When was Nintendo paranoid of its customers?Microsoft - Used Nintendo's old trait of always trying to one up w/ technology and money first, and trying to build a gaming vocabulary second.????I wouldnt say that since Nintendo has always had the inferioir machine except for tje 64. Master System was betta than NES, Genesis was beter than SNES and X Box is better than Cube (were talking in power here)

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

Nintendo has always been paraniod of thier customers. That is one of the reasons they liked cartridges so much. Also is why they went with the funktified discs for the Gamecube. They know how much damage John Q. Public can cause sales if hacking gets too easy.The XBOX being superior in power is what I was talking about. The Super Nintendo had better color and speed than the Genesis. But genesis had MUCH better and more variety in games. Also, the N64 had MUCH MUCH more power than the saturn. XBOX followed Nintendo in the way they USED to play by one upping all others in hardware and looked for software later. As of now, Nintendo has learned the way of making SUPERB games. That's what won sony the title it still somewhat holds!Now all the PC market has to learn is for hardware manufacturers to stay VERY close to the software manufactures and they could see sales that rival if not kill the console market! But this is WAY WAY in the future! Until then, I guess console gaming is the cheapest and easiest way to game.

PS2 To Become a Hi-Tech VCR

ummmmm NO!Genesis had more speed than the SNES and thats general knowledge. They both had same colours etc but SNES was a tad slower. Only the 64 was powerful on the market.SNES had way mre games than Genesis im sory!Oh i suppose Nintendo was paranoid but thats wat makes SOny SOOO popolar. In aus, i know 4 a fact that 4 out of 5 gamers who did buy a PSX bought it cause u could burn games. Simple as that. And i wouldnt say Sony concentrated on quality games since they havnt made any themselves. They just grabed any oppurtunity they could (as in take any offers from developers 2 make a large library fast!)And Sony didnt just win the crown from QUALITY games. Honestly if Nintendo had used CD medians, there will b no PS2 out now. Simple as that. Developers wouldve indefinitely stayed with Nintendo due to1) THE POWER OF THE 64 + THE EXPANSION PACK2) CHeap and effective storage median.Square would never have abandoned Nintendo and neither wouldve Capcom (who was one of the SNES's biggest supporter). Nintendo just didnt c the need 2 go to CD but all the developers did since they dont have as much $$$ as Nintendo and hence they want 2 produce at the cheapest cost.

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