God said “let there be a another one”, and then he saw that it was good.
Sony Computer Entertainment’s 6th generation console and successor to the PlayStation was released on March 4, 2000 in Japan, October 26, 2000 in North America, November 24, 2000 in Europe, and November 17, 2000 in Australia.
The Playstation 2 went on to become the best-selling video game console of all time, selling over 155 million units. It had an expansive library with more than 3,874 game titles released for the PS2 since launch, and more than 1.5 billion copies sold.
Playstation 2 hardware specifications:
CPU: Custom designed Toshiba “Emotion Engine” RISC processor operating at 294 MHz (299 MHz in later consoles), with a floating point performance of 6.2 GFLOPS.
GPU: The custom-designed Graphics Synthesizer GPU, clocked at 147MHz, with 4MB video memory and a fillrate of 2.4 gigapixels/second, capable of rendering up to 75 million polygons per second.
Media: The PlayStation 2 software is distributed on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. In addition, the console can play audio CDs and DVD movies, and is backwards compatible with original PlayStation games. This is accomplished through the inclusion of the original PlayStation’s CPU which also serves as the PS2’s I/O processor.
Controller: The Sony DualShock 2 controller is an upgraded version of the PlayStation’s DualShock with analog face, shoulder and D-pad buttons replacing the digital buttons of the original. Like its predecessor, the DualShock 2 controller features force feedback technology.
Considered to be one of the best controller designs in console history, the Dualshock and Dualshock 2 have massively influenced standard game pad design since it’s conception.
Playstation 2 Main Board
The Playstation 2 is a console that many of us hold near and dear to our hearts. With an amazing library, a state of the art controller, and top notch design by Sony Computer Entertainment, many of us have hours of memorable experiences attached to this machine.
Please join Retro Game Boards in celebrating the 6th generation marvel that was the Playstation 2.
Here are some useful resources provided by RGB member Dwayne:
List of 60 Hz support in PAL PlayStation 2 games
The Youtube creators My Life In Gaming made an incredible video addressing the technical issues and what to do and not to do with regards to displaying your PS2 console on all TV formats under all resolution formats. Increadibly informative, see video for your answers:
Notable exclusive Playstation 2 games:
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Gran Turismo 4
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Shadow of the Colossus
Final Fantasy X
God of War 2
Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus