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14. Apr, 2003 20:27 (HKT)

New updated Japanese PlayStation2™ model with Progressive Scan - New remote for improved DVD playback



PlayStation2™ [SCPH-50000]


Sony has announced the release of a new and updated PlayStation2™ model in Japan. The SCPH-50000 model just looks like any older model but with the following internal improvements:



  • Added Progressive Scan video out
  • New DVD Player firmware 3.0
  • New Remote Control support: Power on/off and tray open/close button
  • 30% more silent compared to older models
  • Support of DVD-R/RW/+R/+RW media

    Next to all those surpluses, the i-Link port is no longer present, which means you cannot link up this model with another PS2™ console anymore. Everything else remains the same, so you can still play all PlayStation™ and PlayStation2™ games (Japanese region) as well as DVD movies (NTSC region 2 encoded).

    The improved PlayStation2™ [SCPH-50000] ships on May 15th, preorders are now taken for US$ 249.

    DVD Remote Controller Kit [for SCPH-50000]

    At the same time, a new Remote Controller Kit also becomes available which features 2 new buttons: Power on/off & DVD Tray open/close. The new features will be supported by the new model only. Preorders for the updated Remote Kit are open for US$ 32.90.


    Please be reminded that the unit only plays back Japanese region encoded software as well as NTSC Region 2 DVDs. Your credit card will not be charged before the items become available.



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