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Long-awaited DVD+RW support arrives at last

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Sony has updated the software on board its PSX PlayStation 2-based personal video recorder - the second network-borne upgrade the consumer electronics giant has released since the machine shipped last December.

The latest update takes the PSX's system software to version 1.2, and adds a number of feature tweaks. As expected, it also adds DVD+RW support to the appliance.

So far, the PSX has supported DVD-R and DVD-RW for recording footage to disc, even though the unit's optical drive is capable of handling DVD+R and DVD+RW media. Indeed, such support was originally part of the machine's spec. until Sony dropped it in early December to allow the PSX to ship on schedule.

The update also adds support for GIF images transferred to the PSX from a digicam, and allows JPEG, TIFF, GIF and MPEG1 stills and videos to be imported from a CD-R disc. Thos files can now be displayed directly from the CD-R. Sony has also increased the number of MP3 tracks stored on a CD-R that the PSX can recognise.

Finally, the update fixes a number of glitches in the previous version of the PSX software, 1.1, making it possible to change recording programs, fast-forward DVD playback at higher speeds and view better slideshows. ®

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