Buying a PS2
A PS2 buying guide
The PlayStation 2, or PS2, is a video game console developed by Sony. If you're wondering how to buy a PS2, consider its features, technical specification, controller and accessories as you compare different gaming consoles.
>> Consider the features of the PS2
The PS2 design includes a CD-ROM and a DVD-ROM as standard features, making it more than just a gaming console.
The PS2 has an extensive video games catalog. With more than 1800 games, you're sure to find suitable games for every age group in many genres:
- Action, such as armed forces battles, hand-to-hand combat and first-person shooters
- Adventure, which have complex storylines with lots of decision-making
- Role-playing, including Massively Multi-player Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs)
- Racing games, where you're in the driver's seat
- Media-based (TV show or movie)
- Simulators, like those for flying airplanes
The design of the PS2 produces high-resolution, 3D graphics and uses Dolby Digital surround sound to give you an exciting gaming experience.
The PS2 designs have an Ethernet and modem port which can connect the console to the Internet (Sony's Online Adaptor required). This allows you to participate in multi-player games with people from around the world. You can also play PlayStation Portable (PSP) games on the PS2; the PSPs controllers, however, might not support certain functions of PSP games.
>> Look at the console specs
The standard PS2 is a big player in a small package: just under 5 lbs. and 12 x 7 x 3 inches. The PS2 comes complete with all the features you need to immerse yourself in your games:
- Two controller ports
- Two memory card slots
- Two USB connectors for peripherals
- One AV multi-out connector for sound
- One digital-out optical connector for video display
- One Infrared I/R Receiver for a remote control
>> Think about the controller
The standard controller for the PS2 is the Dual Shock 2 analog controller, manufactured by Sony. The controller provides vibration feedback in each handle based on the actions in the game being played (if the game supports this type of feedback). In addition to the standard wired controller, PS2 wireless controllers are also available.
The Dual Shock 2 replaces the digital buttons on the Dual Shock 1 using analog pressure sensitivity on the face, shoulder and D-pad buttons. PS1 controllers are forward-compatible with the PS2, but the PS1 controller might not support all the features of PS2 games. The PS2 controllers aren't backward-compatible with the PS1.
>> Choosing additional accessories
When deciding how to buy a PS2, consider the video game accessories you might need or want:
- Mouse: Different kinds of PS2 games require different controllers. If you play mouse-controlled games, you can use any USB mouse.
- Specialized controllers: Some games support or require controllers such as light guns and fishing rod and reels.
- Hardware: additional Dual Shock controllers, gaming headset, Sony's Online Adaptor, an infrared remote control, internal or external hard drive*, memory cards, USB motion camera or keyboard, adapter to attach up to four controllers, PS2 to USB adaptors for your PS/2 keyboard or mouse
- Memory Cards: The standard memory card for PS2 can store up to 8MB of data, and third-party vendors offer larger-capacity cards compatible with the PS2.
- Interconnection cables: The PS2 can send video signals to a screen in a number of formats, composite video, S-video, SCART, VGA and D-terminal. In addition, RF modulators are available for older televisions.
*For external USB hard drives, the PS2 supports only USB v1.1, which has a data transfer speed slow enough to potentially interfere with smooth game play.
>> Consider original vs. slimline models
If space is a consideration in your decision of how to buy a PS2, you're in luck: the PS2 comes in a slimline design less that's than a quarter of the size of the original console: just 23 x 6 x 1.1 inches. The tradeoff with the slimline is that there is no way to add an internal hard drive.
>> Pick your color
When deciding on how to purchase a PS2, you have a wide range of colors to choose from. The PS2 was introduced in matte black, which is still the most widely-available color. You can, however, find ceramic white, light yellow, metallic blue, metallic silver, navy blue, pearl white and a limited-edition pink (released in Oceania and parts of Asia) from a few merchants.