SLIGHTLY LESS THAN PROMISED: Sony are marking down the spec for Playstation X, in order to "get it ready in time for Christmas." Curiously, the corners the company is planning on cutting include doubling the time taken to copy a DVD (good news for Sony Pictures, then) and the ability to play MP3s - although apparently building in the ability to play Sony's own ATRAC isn't going to hobble the Santa-imposed shipping deadline - and being able to play CD-Rs. Which will probably soothe the fevered brow of Sony Records executives somewhat. But remember, the kids, all these bits are being dumped purely because of time constraints and not because the Consumer Electronics department has been getting angry calls from their colleagues in Content Divisions saying "What the hell are you doing over there? Why don't you just come and steal our lunches?"