The original PlayStation sometimes garnered the abbreviation “PSX,” however Sony actually released a variant of the PlayStation 2 of the same moniker.
Only released in Japan, the system was mainly marketed as a digital video recorder, touting PS2 hardware and a few other notable features such as PSP linking and video/audio editing.
The device is a fully functional digital video recorder with an included Infrared remote control and S-Video, composite video, and RFinputs. It is able to tune analog VHF and CATV. It can also be linked with a PlayStation Portable to transfer videos and music via USBports, and features software for non-linear video editing, image editing and audio editing. DVD+R support was to be introduced in a future update.[needs update]
The PSX fully supports both PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software by its slot-loading DVD drive, as the onboard EE+GS chip is a unification of the PS2’s Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips. Online game compatibility is available using the broadband connection; Games that use the PS2 HDD (such as Final Fantasy XI) are supported as well.
While the PSX is not supplied with any game controllers, there are two controller ports on the back of the device. Black or Ceramic WhiteDualShock 2‘s with 4-meter long cables were sold separately, and standard DualShock and DualShock 2 controllers were also compatible. Two PlayStation memory card ports were on the front of the PSX, behind a panel cover.
Like the “regular” PlayStation 2 models, the PSX can be laid horizontally or stood vertically.