Sony has confirmed that its PSX home entertainment player will be launched later this year. The unit converges a PVR, PS2 and DVD player all in one.

Sony suggests that this unit is unique in the market place for converged entertainment, although apart from the PVR element it's basically an PS2 with hard drive.

Either way it will give you the ability to play pre-recorded DVD movies and music CDs, create DVDs, record TV programmes to hard disk, store, manipulate and display digital still photos and home movies, and download, store and export music.

PSX also offers direct access to the PlayStation Net, PlayStation's online gaming service, and allows surfing of Central Station, PlayStation's own exclusive broadband channel.

Sony is yet to set a specific launch date or a UK price.