from IGN: Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced early this morning that it will unveil the all-new SPCH-50000 model of the PlayStation 2 on May 15 for 25,000 yen (approximately $207 U.S. dollars). Most notable perhaps because of its increased DVD capability, the new model will allow gamers to play DVD-R, DVD-RW, R+, and RW+ on their systems for the very first time. Also of interest is the SPCH-50000's ability to support progressive scan for DVD movies in addition to videogames. Though progressive scan mode will not be available for recorded discs. Other new features include the ability to open and close the disc tray with the new DVD remote released simultaneously for 2200 yen ($18 U.S.), turning the power on and off with the remote, a built-in infrared sensor housed directly inside the system, a 30% less-noisy fan, and a 400g lighter weight than the original mode. In the grand tradition of "out with the old, in with the new", however, the PlayStation 2's IEEE 1394 FireWire port has been completely removed. Still no word yet on when North American consumers can look forward to the new model. Check back with IGN for further developments.