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PS2 Slim review

The PS2 Slim is a great choice for retro gamers looking to relive the glory of the most popular games console ever made.

PS2 Slim review
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Our Verdict

If you're a retro gamer with a hankering to play some of the best games from the early 2000's then the PS2 Slim is a great choice, but video game consoles have come a long way since then.

For

  • Extensive library of classic games
  • Cheap

Against

  • Online services shut down

The PlayStation 2 Slim was the final revision of Sony’s PS2, the console that cemented their status as the forerunners as manufacturers of the best video game consoles. With over 155 million units sold worldwide, the PS2 was the best selling video games console of all time. But how does this little black box hold up in the modern age?

In its day the PS2 was an absolute juggernaut thanks to its impressive library of games and while the hardware is a little quaint these days, the games are as good as they ever were. Classics like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Shadow of the Colossus, Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and Final Fantasy X are all available on the PS2 Slim. And, of course, we can't forget the stone-cold classic that was The Simpsons: Hit and Run.

The PS2 offered 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 held the record for the most number of game titles issued directly to a gaming console (at the time).

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.

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. Sadly, all game servers have been closed down so there is essentially no online capability to a PS2 Slim anymore.

Simpsons Hit and Run

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The newer PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, however, utilizes both wireless and Bluetooth technologies to achieve connectivity. The PS4 also has much faster CPU and GPU capabilities, increased memory and expanded storage, as well as exceptional speeds and reliability for online game play, video downloads and streaming, and web browsing.

The PS2 offered compatibility with CD, DVD and other audio and video file formats, as well as some internet and web browsing abilities. Though PS2 was criticized for its reticence in developing wireless controls and accessories, their wired controller sales still topped the charts.

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.

Should I buy the PS2 Slim?

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.