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CHIBA — Sony Corp. announced Tuesday it will introduce its “crossover” game console and home entertainment unit on the domestic market for the yearend shopping season.

The consumer electronics giant, suffering lackluster performance recently, hopes the product, known as the PSX, will provide a much-needed jolt.

The machine — a hard-disk drive combined with a DVD-recordable PlayStation2 — will start at a suggested retail price of 79,800 yen. This model carries a 160 gigabyte drive.

A higher-end model will go for 99,800 yen and include a 250 gigabyte drive.

The company said the 250-gigabyte drive can hold up to 325 hours worth of programs.

The announcement was made at the annual CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) Japan 2003, which kicked off Tuesday in Chiba.

The PSX, on public display for the first time since Sony unveiled it to the media in May, was one of the top-drawing exhibitions during the opening day.

Sony and rival consumer electronics makers and semiconductor companies gathered here to show off their latest products and state-of-the-art research projects.

Major firms are competing to impress visitors with an array of large flat-screen TVs and tiny displays boasting sharp images.

At the Sharp Corp. booth, one of the main showpieces is a 4-inch liquid crystal display panel that emits sound from a sheet of glass.

The system LCD panel, which features built-in integrated circuits, uses the glass display panel as a sound board. The gadget is part of the world’s largest LCD TV maker’s effort to make smaller and thinner display devices for mobile terminals.

According to the organizer, some 670 companies and organizations from 18 countries and regions are participating in the event, one of the largest such shows in Asia. CEATEC runs through Saturday at the Makuhari Messe convention hall. More than 180,000 visitors are expected during the five days. The Web site is www.ceatec.com.

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