This week Sony was proud to announce the release of it’s new PS One console claiming it is unlike anything we have experience before and will raise the benchmark for all future consoles. While the console was revealed at their latest press conference, Sony has kept surprisingly quiet about the details regarding it’s hardware capabilities, although representatives assured us that all our questions will be answered at E3 next month. Despite this we managed to scrounge up all the details on this brand new product:
- The PS One will be the smallest and lightest console Sony has released to date. Its sleek new design sporting the original color scheme that put the PlayStation brand on the map.
- Due to the size restraints the reset button has been removed as a stand alone and is now smartly integrated into the power button. The parallel and serial ports have also been removed.
- Surprisingly Sony is sticking to its two controller ports instead of the more common industry standard of 4. Sony believes that this will help cut costs in a more competitive market.
- Despite previous rumors of a complete overhaul, the PS One controller will continue to use the popular Dual Shock model and Sony has assured us it will still support all previous controller designs as well as third party models.
- The most disappointing feature is that the PS One still relies on antiquated small capacity memory card system instead of implementing a larger one or an internal hard drive. Consumers will continue to purchase Sony’s proprietary cards in order for assured safety of save data although fans (including us) have already begun alleviating this problem using the DexDrive.
- Sony showed off a much cleaner and user friendly UI, showing users how much faster they can manage their saved data.
- The biggest addition to the console is it’s new 5 Inch LCD screen. Requiring no additional power source, this clear, backlit screen plugs right into the top of the console and allows for play whenever where ever. Now while your significant other wants to use the TV you can comfortably play your favorite PlayStation titles without hassle, and with the built in audio jack, you can enjoy the rich sound that Sony is known for without disturbing others. Sony has also included a car charger so that you can take the PlayStation experience anywhere you go.
- Sony previewed a few new possibilities for the console including a cell phone charger that plugs into a controller port.
- Most importantly Sony assured everyone at the conference that the PS One would be able to play all previous PlayStation titles.
While not the most exciting press conference that we have seen Sony seems confident that the PS One will exceed all expectations when it launches this July. While they have kept the pricing under wraps, trusted industry leaders project it being around $150 at launch with a $250 model that includes all PS One labeled accessories and two controllers.