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Sony plans new games machine

Not a Cell in sight.

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Reuters is reporting that Sony plans to launch a new games machine in Japan this year. But don't get your hopes up; this is not the long-awaited PS3 announcement.

The new machine is part of a strategy to inject the company's successful games technology into its languishing electronics division, which has been suffering thanks to sluggish sales of Vaio PCs and other home electronics devices.

Called "PSX", oddly, the new machine is an integrated games, music and film platform, featuring a TV tuner, hard disk drive and DVD recorder, and it will launch this year in Japan. The Reuters report doesn't mention any plans for the rest of the world.

Update: We managed to snag some pictures from Sony's presentation, which you can see here.

Meanwhile, has a more detailed rundown on the device, which they say will debut in Europe in either 2004 or 2005.

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