PlayStation 2

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PlayStation 2

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"Live In Your World. Play In Ours."
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
Release Date: Original:
JP: March 4, 2000
NA: October 26, 2000
IND: October 2000
EU: November 24, 2000
AU: November 30, 2000
KOR: February 22, 2002
CHN: December 19, 2003
BRA: November 20, 2009

PS2 Slim:
EU: October 29, 2004
JP: November 3, 2004
NA: November 25, 2004
AU: December 2, 2004
Predecessor: PlayStation
Successor: PlayStation 3
Competitors: Sega Dreamcast
Nintendo GameCube
Xbox
Generation: Sixth generation


The PlayStation 2 (PS2 for short) is a game console released in 2000 as the successor to the original PlayStation. It competed against the Sega Dreamcast, the Xbox, and the Nintendo GameCube. It was succeeded by the PlayStation 3 in 2006 and discontinued in Japan on December 28, 2012 and worldwide on January 4, 2013.

The PlayStation 2 was the third-strongest console of its generation, behind the GameCube, but ahead of the Dreamcast.

Why It Rocks

  1. A whopping 3,847 games were released for it. On top of that, virtually every game from its generation is playable on (if not exclusive to) the console, outside of Nintendo's and Microsoft's first-party titles and PC-exclusives.
  2. Almost completely backwards compatible with the PlayStation 1, so when the game library of both consoles is combined, the number of games you could play was over 10,000! Also, you can increase the loading speed of the original PlayStation games. This helped because a lot of games released after the PlayStation 2 came out were for the original PlayStation.
  3. New games were released for the PlayStation 2 even after it had been discontinued. In fact, the console was so popular that the last game on it was Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, released two months before the PS4's release date!
  4. Unlike the PlayStation Memory Card which could only hold about 15 slots of data, the PS2 Memory card has a total of 8MB worth of storage capacity, allowing for a large amount of saving files on each. There are also some variations of bigger memory cards, such as a 16MB one.
  5. A hard drive was released for the PlayStation 2 in July 2001 in Japan and in 2004 in North America, technically making it the first released console to have a hard drive before the release of the Xbox in November 2001. The hard drive allows you to store a massive amount of game saves, enhanced certain games, and was used in Final Fantasy XI to allow the game to get updates from the server.
  6. A huge number of very good games, many of which were exclusives such as:
  7. Iconic startup screen.
    • It's interesting to note that the blocks on the screen represent any game played on the Memory Card, and as the player goes through in the game, these blocks become towers. If it fills all the way, the towers will be at the startup instead of the blue galaxy.
  8. Similar to how Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon were the unofficial mascots for the PS1, Jak, Ratchet, and Sly Cooper were the unofficial mascots of the PS2.
  9. One of the first major consoles capable of playing DVDs, which was a selling point when it was released and it also meant games could be stored in DVD discs, one of the reasons it outsold its competitors is that it was the only console at the time that plays DVDs out of the box, as the original Xbox can only DVDs via an add-on that's sold separately.
  10. Remained in production for thirteen years, making it one of the longest-running consoles in gaming history. It stayed alive well into the seventh generation.
  11. A second "slim" model was also released. It takes less shelf space and also has its own Ethernet port to negate the requirement for network adapters and uses a top-loading disc drive to ease up the process of ejecting a disc. It is still backward compatible with the PlayStation 1 games and still plays DVD movies. The hard drive is not compatible with the PlayStation 2 slim model.
  12. Some cases for the games have a small slot to store Memory Cards.
  13. The controller is the essentially same as the PlayStation 1 for more compatibility and can work well on the PlayStation 1.
  14. Brazilians could watch Netflix through a special red disc (no longer supported).
  15. Can be hacked to emulate many games from other consoles like SNES.
    • Hacking a PS2 is fairly easy compared to other consoles and there is various methods of doing so.
  16. Unlike the DualShock 1 controller cable, the DualShock 2 controller cable has a black color which matches the console's color, it also had many colors as well.
  17. There is a Sony Bravia TV with a built-in PlayStation 2 released in PAL regions in 2010.
  18. The earliest US commercials featured tests of how durable it was. One commercial even had it in molten lava!!
  19. One of the earliest consoles to support 1080i through a VGA output. The handful of games that supported this mode include Gran Turismo 4, Tourist Trophy, and a Jackass game of all things.
  20. This console was the first to be able to run an operating system, namely Linux.
  21. The console's hardware was similar to that of the Wii and the PSP, as a result it lasted longer for a while alongside its successor until a few months before the PS4 was released.

Bad Qualities

  1. Most multi-platform games look and run worse on the PS2 due to its weaker hardware, most notably Sonic Heroes, Psychonauts, and various Tom Clancy's games. This isn't as big of an issue as it could have been, since most games from its generation were designed with the PS2 in mind and didn't take much advantage of the more powerful competitors, but even then PS2 games ran at a somewhat lower resolution.
  2. Most PlayStation 2 consoles tend to break down easily or suffer the infamous RSOD (Red Screen of Death) which says "Please insert a PlayStation or PlayStation 2 format disc". (Fixed on later models.)
    • Said red screen of death, its sound is extremely creepy that caused many young gamers to get scared.
  3. 16 MB memory cards aren't supported on many games, and they can be glitched easily, formatting all of your data and making it useless.
  4. The DVD features are rather primitive when compared to modern DVDs.
  5. It was the shovelware target of its generation, more so during the latter half its lifecycle.
  6. The PlayStation 2 is the only console from its generation that required a multitap to allow more than two people playing at once, even the Dreamcast didn't need a multitap. Worse yet, there were two different versions, since the slim models cannot use the original model's multitap or vice versa, since the gap between the controller port and the memory card slot were different. Even the Nintendo 64, which was from the last generation, didn't even need a multitap!
  7. The fat models have no built-in Ethernet port and thus require a network adapter to play online, slim models featured built-in Ethernet port.
  8. Despite being backward compatible with PlayStation games, you still need PS1 memory cards for saving PS1 games.
  9. The slim models have no 3.5" expansion bay like the fat ones did, so you can't insert an HDD on the console (This is a problem that will only harm players if they're playing MMOs such as Final Fantasy XI) (You also can't install Linux).
  10. The SCPH-7000x and SCPH-7500x models require an external power brick (but fortunately the brick isn't in the socket part).
  11. Some bad games from established franchises such as Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly.
  12. The slim models were notorious for damaging or destroying discs.
  13. The fat models have terrible durability and can get damaged easily when its dropped from 5 feet which is worse than most other consoles.

Maintenance

  1. The ribbon that moves the lens when reading a disc on the slim model can touch the disc while it spins, leaving a big circular scratch on every disc you play. If this happens to you, stop using your PS2 immediately and take it to be repaired.
  2. PlayStation games played via backward compatibility can't save data into a PlayStation 2 memory card, so make sure you own an older PS1 memory card.
  3. Some unofficial game discs such as the ones produced by Phoenix Games can damage your console due to those discs' poor quality.

Reception

The PlayStation 2 is currently the best-selling video game system in history selling over 155 million units as of March 31, 2012. Its ability to play DVDs and PlayStation 1 games was a major factor to its massive success.

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Trivia

  1. It took nearly a decade for the PS2 to be launched in Brazil, leaving it on the market for only three years in that country.
  2. A digital video recorder based on the PS2, the PSX (not to be confused with the original PlayStation that also used PSX as its code name), was released in 2003 only in Japan. It became a total flop due to having a really high launch price, and other fatal flaws, causing Sony to cancel their plans on releasing the device outside of Japan.

Comments


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Mosley likes C.T. Alliance Battle

15 months ago
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I have this console but it's the slim one!
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What.jpeg

14 months ago
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good luck getting scratches
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Grust

14 months ago
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I got slim and don't get scratches. Likely cuz I took it apart to clean and got the ribbon set up properly.
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Hookuai

14 months ago
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Theme song plays
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Declan Kearns

10 months ago
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This is still my all time favourite gaming console.
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Lake's Wild World

9 months ago
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Too bad mine barely works. It tends to shut itself off a lot.
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Maxkatzur

8 months ago
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My model is PS2 Slim, SCPH-90008, PAL
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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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It had good marketing unlike the early commercials of another Sony console...
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Boomaster74

7 months ago
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I have the fat model PS2
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Grammer Guy

7 months ago
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I got my PS2 around the time it launched and it still works like it did 20 years ago. You just can't play on it for a very long time, or else it'll get hot and the screen gets grainy.
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I have the fat model. But it has one issue, in the living room TV, the startup screen goes black and white, and not blue like t's supposed to be. I'm glad my bedroom TV fixed that problem. This is why I also have a slim model to play on the living room TV.
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Mr. Dready

6 months ago
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I've always thought Gamecube was the weakest of it's generation.
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Poleon

5 months ago
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As in like hardware performance or like your least favorite?
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Mr. Dready

4 months ago
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Poleon Hardware performance
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Czeky

one month ago
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Well, while the hardware was stronger, most multiplatform games were badly optimized for Gamecube compared to the Playstation 2. Which is unfortunate.
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Glitchedblood

one month ago
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The PS2 was also a weak console, not as weak as the Cube though
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
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Though the Dreamcast might be weaker, but that came out in the 90s so it’s expected in comparison to console from the 2000s.
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Kaiolauro06

5 months ago
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I love this gaming console.
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Spindash101

4 months ago
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I used to have a PS2 when I was a kid, but it broke when it fell right off the shelf.
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ZebraTerabyte

2 months ago
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Rip
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EdEddandEddyFan

one month ago
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Gee, I wish the PS2 was made out of aluminum (anodized aluminum so it can have many color variations).
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Pacsonic9000

4 months ago
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I used to have a PS2 but one of my bros broke the disc drive and we sold it along with the games too. We got a 360 with Kinect. Years later my dad and I were at a city wide yard sale where everyone or most people in the town had a yard sale and I found a PS2 bundle with 2 controllers, 2 games, required cables, and a dvd movie inside (That movie was Big Hero 6 so I have 2 copies of said film) and all for $25. I bought it and still have it to this day. I mostly play PS1 games and DVD movies on it.
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GooCookie

4 months ago
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This was my first console and first contact eith gaming.
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CompactFlash

4 months ago
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I have an SCPH-3000 PS2. It's only issue is that it takes FOREVER to load discs (but it does load after about 10 minutes). Other than that, it's fine.
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CompactFlash

4 months ago
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Note: I actually prefer the fat model over the slim.
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RaymesisEvil

3 months ago
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I like its memorable startup
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Master Chief

3 months ago
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I remember being scared of it when I first played the console, but now I like it.
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Oh29116user

3 months ago
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PS2 was my favorite console of all time
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JDM4678

3 months ago
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I kinda feel bad for this console, it didn’t deserve the shovelware games it got
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Grammar guy

2 months ago
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I swear, the expansion bay on that thing could hold a small dictionary.
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EdEddandEddyFan

2 months ago
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Good joke, sir!
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LuigiMan050-5

2 months ago
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It's nowadays the cheapest console you can get. I've got one for $24.
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Glitchedblood

2 months ago
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Try getting a complete collection of PS2 games.
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Poleon

2 months ago
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Why is they're 2 Final Fantasy X's on the games list? do you meant to put Final Fantasy XII in the list instead?
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EdEddandEddyFan

2 months ago
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Fixed it!
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LuigiMan050-5

one month ago
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BRAZILIANS COULD WATCH NETFLIX ON THEIR PS2 CONSOLES?! WHAT KIND OF FEATURE AHEAD OF ITS TIME IS THAT?!
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EdEddandEddyFan

one month ago
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I mean, back then Netflix distributed stuff on DVDs.
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Czeky

one month ago
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The Automotive editions looks so good. Wish i could own one. :')
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Grammar guy

one month ago
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The white one looks the best. Makes sense how they used white on the PSX, a gargantuan multimedia version of this console.
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ThePCGamer

15 days ago
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Possibly the best PlayStation console ever made

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