PROS / You can play all older PlayStation games on the PS2.
CONS / There is a new game console which replaces the PS2.
VERDICT / If you own a lot of older PlayStation games and do not have a backwards-compatible PS3, this system will play them all.
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The PS2 set new standards for game play, online connectivity and multimedia for a number of years. Selling more than 140 million units, the PS2 game console managed to attain a status as the most successful 6th Generation video game platform, outselling the competition. Sony has always coupled its video game consoles with multimedia capabilities. The PS1 offered audio CD compatibility, while the PS2 offers CD, DVD and other audio and video file compatibility, with some additional online and web browsing abilities. Though the PS2 is well equipped for game play and DVD viewing, the lack in memory, storage and computational power simply make the PS2 a game console of the past.
The PS2 offers full backward compatibility with PS1, requiring neither software updates nor advanced storage capabilities. With more than 1,800 game title releases in its 7 years, the PS2 stands alone for the most number of game titles issued directly to a gaming console.
PlayStation was one of the first game consoles to attempt the idea of online console gaming, and the Dynamic Network Authentication System was one of the first online gaming and web browsing programs available for video games. The Dynamic Network is no longer in use because of slow speeds, limited connection options and lack of online users. Fortunately for PlayStation users, strong improvements have been made to the initial network, and it was eventually renamed as the PlayStation Network.
PS2 offers internet connectivity through Ethernet and modem adapter connection. These wired connections greatly limit its range and location within a household. The newer PS3, however, utilizes IEEE 802.11 wireless and Bluetooth technologies to achieve connectivity. The result for the PS3 is faster CPU and GPU capabilities, increased memory and expanded storage, as well as exceptional speeds and reliability for online game play, video downloads, game rentals and web browsing.
The PS2 offers compatibility with CD, DVD and other audio and video file formats, as well as some internet and web browsing abilities. Though PS2 has been criticized for its reticence in developing wireless controls and accessories, their wired controller sales still topped the charts. The PS2 game console does not use a lot of the little extras we have come to expect in today's world of gaming. Instead, Sony focused on delivering a quality product at a price anyone could afford.
Sony provides a number of ways for you to get in contact with help and support on their website. The more direct ways are by phone, email or live chat. Sony also offers one of the more advanced repair services in the industry, and it also offers user manuals and tutorials on how to use the website or the product you are purchasing.
The PS2 is an amazing game console; however, since the release of more recent products from Microsoft and Sony, the PS2 simply doesn't compete. Since not all of Sony's new consoles are backward compatible, you may need to purchase this system for older games. We are very impressed with Sony's customer support and technical support and feel that you will always get quality help from this company.