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The Mysterious Sony Bravia KDL-22PX300 All in One Gaming Television Set

A product popped on our radar a few days ago, the Bravia KDL-22PX300, one that shows how even a manufacturer like Sony can innovate with a product range as mature as a television set by adding something special.

The KDL-22PX300 hit the headlines because it comes with a built in Playstation 2 built-in, one that doubles as a DVD reader. It also has two Ethernet ports, Bravia Internet, twin optical digital outputs, four HDMI ports, three USB sockets, SCART, PC input and more.

It is a rather strange beast; it is by far the cheapest 22-inch LCD television from Sony and yet manages to include a number of unique mind-boggling features that can't be found on budget models.

What's more, Richersounds is the only company selling it in the UK (for £200 here) but you will be very hard pressed to find any stock anywhere (Richersounds is still mainly a brick-and-mortar operation where you have to phone to check stock levels).

Even more baffling is the fact that you can't find the model anywhere on Sony UK website, the PX family doesn't even appear anywhere (except as a voice recorder). Indeed, you can even find the KDL-22PX300 anywhere on the web, at anytime before the 28th of November.

We know that Sony has released a new firmware update as recently as the 25th of November, one that brings IPTV support to the television set.

We also know that the Japanese firm has released the source code of the television set (together with dozens of others. Is the device a one off? Will there be a follow-up with a PS3 console and a much bigger screen? Is this a grey import?

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.