History of video games/Platforms/PlayStation 2
History[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
Development kits for the PlayStation 2 were said to cost around $20,000.
Launch[edit | edit source]
The PlayStation 2 was released in Japan on March 4th, 2000. An highly anticipated launch with consumers sleeping outside in line to buy the console in spite of police orders to disperse, between 1 to 2 million PlayStation 2 consoles were sold in Japan on the first day of sales.
The PlayStation 2 saw release in the United States on October 26th, 2000.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
The PlayStation 2 was followed by the PlayStation 3. Early models of the PlayStation 3 retained backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 2, with later models slowly reducing support and later drooping this system entirely. The immense library of the PlayStation 2 was a major selling point during the early days of PlayStation 3 sales, however the high price of the PlayStation 3 lead many gamers to stick to their PlayStation 2 for some time after the launch of the PlayStation 3. This, coupled with the major prior popularity of the system, lead publishers to continue to produce major PlayStation 2 games long after the launch of the PlayStation 3.
The PlayStation 2 had strong market performance into the seventh generation of consoles.
Manufacturing for the PlayStation 2 stopped in 2013, having sold 150 million consoles. The console maintained enduring popularity past that point however. New unofficial hardware mods were being developed for the PlayStation 2 late as 2021.
Unorthodox uses[edit | edit source]
A PlayStation 2 based rendering computer, the GScube, was made by Sony for production of movie CGI.
Technology[edit | edit source]
Compute[edit | edit source]
The PlayStation 2 uses the 128 bit Emotion Engine processor clocked at 300 MHz. The Emotion Engine includes the MIPS III architecutre CPU, two vector units, as well as DSP functions. The Emotion Engine has ten floating point multiply accumulators that help it send approprite data to the graphics processor quickly. The console's floating point unit co processor is capable of 6.2GFLOPS.
The PlayStation 2 has 32 megabytes of RDRAM and 4 megabytes of VRAM.
Hardware[edit | edit source]
The logo on the disk drive of the PlayStation 2 can be manually rotated for either a horizontal or vertical console orientation.
Early models of the system lacked a remote control sensor.
Some smaller PS2 games were printed on CD-ROMs, rather then on DVD.
Notable Games[edit | edit source]
2000[edit | edit source]
Ring of Red[edit | edit source]
A turn strategy game set in a unique alternate history setting where Japan is divided after World War II following Operation Downfall, instead of remaining a united country as it had in real life.
Read more about Ring of Red on Wikipedia.
2001[edit | edit source]
Metal Gear Solid 2[edit | edit source]
Read more about Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty on Wikipedia.
2002[edit | edit source]
- Kingdom Hearts
- Silent Hill 2
- Xenosaga Episode I
- Final Fantasy XI - MMORPG with cross platform play to Windows.
2003[edit | edit source]
- Drakengard - Action RPG
- Beyond Good & Evil - Action Adventure
- Disgaea: Hour of Darkness - Tactical RPG
- Final Fantasy X-2 - JRPG
- Neon Genesis Evangelion 2 - Action RPG
2004[edit | edit source]
- Spider-Man 2
- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
- Katamari Damacy
- Xenosaga Episode II
- Phantom Brave
Michigan: Report from Hell[edit | edit source]
A unique survival horror game made by the Japanese studio Grasshopper Manufacture. The player takes the role of a cameraman on a news team as a mysterious invasion of monsters overtakes Chicagoland.
Read more about Michigan: Report from Hell on Wikipedia.
2005[edit | edit source]
Guitar Hero[edit | edit source]
The first Guitar Hero was a PS2 exclusive.
Read more about Guitar Hero on Wikipedia.
2006[edit | edit source]
God Hand[edit | edit source]
A cult classic in the beat em' up genre and the final game released by Clover Studio.
Read more about God Hand on Wikipedia.
Persona 3[edit | edit source]
Persona 3 notably revamped the formula for the Persona series.
The game is known for it's artwork made by the Japanese artist Shigenori Soejima.
Read more about Persona 3 on Wikipedia.
2008[edit | edit source]
Persona 4[edit | edit source]
Released late in the console's time on the market for a major title, Persona 4 proved to be an enduring Jungian JRPG. Set in the sleepy rural town of Inaba in Japan, this game is noted for its unorthodox plot revolving around investigating a series crimes which are connected to a rumored supernatural "Midnight Channel". Persona 4 featured a notably happier tone compared to it's predecessor.
Read more about Persona 4 on Wikipedia.
2013[edit | edit source]
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 / PES2014[edit | edit source]
This late cross platform release was the last title officially developed for the PlayStation 2. This Konami made game is a landmark release due to this fact.
Read more about Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 on Wikipedia.
Console Hardware[edit | edit source]
Original PS2[edit | edit source]
Slim PS2[edit | edit source]
Updated Slim PS2[edit | edit source]
An updated slim PS2 with integrated power supply.
Other Models[edit | edit source]
Accessories[edit | edit source]
PS2 Linux Kit[edit | edit source]
A deployed official Linux for PlayStation 2 Kit
Internals[edit | edit source]
External Resources[edit | edit source]
- Video Game Console Library - PlayStation 2 page.
References[edit | edit source]
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