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Sony PS2 Console (PS2)

Platform : PlayStation2
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4.0 out of 5 stars 400 customer reviews

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  • 128-bit console with Emotion Engine processor
  • Comes with one controller plus UK mains lead and AV cable
  • Region 2 DVD player
  • Two USB ports for a range of peripherals
  • Type III PCMCIA expansion slot for future hardware expansion
  • Can connect to a variety of high-tech Sony products via a Sony i.Link interface
  • Built-in infra-red receiver for DVD remote Backwards-compatible with most PSone games
  • Expanding library of games to choose from
  • PS2 Stand sold separately
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, particularly children
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00004WHER
  • Product Dimensions: 51.3 x 32 x 31.5 cm ; 3.2 Kg
  • Release Date: 20 Feb. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

At the heart of the PlayStation 2 is the 128-bit Emotion Engine processor, which combines lightning-fast gameplay and unprecedented graphics power with DAT-quality stereo sound. The system was designed as an improvement on the original PlayStation's design; the disc-based software and Dual Shock 2 controllers will be immediately familiar to PlayStation devotees. Also, owners of the original PlayStation need not discard their existing game collection, because the PS2 is designed to be compatible with the software for the original PlayStation.

The PS2 builds on its home-entertainment value by doubling as a DVD player, which allows it to play thousands of feature-length movies and other video programmes, and outdo the VHS format in both audio and video quality. Most DVD movies allow you to select alternate audio tracks, supplemental footage and a host of extra features. Like the original PlayStation, the PlayStation 2 also will play audio CDs.

The PlayStation 2 was designed with future expandability in mind. The unit comes with two USB ports and a Type III PCMCIA expansion slot--the latest standards in PC communications. It also comes with Sony's own i.Link interface, which can connect it to a variety of high-tech Sony products--from digital cameras to notebook computers. Read our PS2 Hardware Guide

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First of all, let me make clear that the PS2 is a great console. It is the best you can get in the UK at the moment, and I am not disputing that. However, even though Sony have reduced the price..., you should be aware that ... is not all you'll have to pay. In order to get it to 'playable level', you will need some accessories, and Sony make sure you pay over the top for them. Eg, if you want to save games, you'll need a memory card, if you have a older TV you'll need an PS2 RF Unit just to get going, if you want to play 2-player, you'll need another controler, and to watch DVD's you'll need a DVD remote. Add to that that fact you'll need at least one game, and you're talking about ... more on top of the console price. Whilst it is a great console, be aware of these extra costs before you buy.
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By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2004
Format: Video Game
"It's oh, so quiet ... shhh, shhh"
First and foremost, the most startling thing about this new silver version (like, what's wrong with black??) is that it runs almost silently.
And when I say silent, I mean, if you change channel or turn off your tv and don't notice that the lights on the front of the console are still on, it's easy to go to bed and leave the PS2 switched on.
The original black boxed PS2 was notoriously noisy, howling like a banshee, especially when compared to the Xbox and even the Dreamcast (R.I.P.).
Apparently the DVD drive - and a few other things, all of which are imperceptable to me - have been improved (see below).
Personally, I hate the colour but love the improved cooling mechanism.
Speaking as a seriously disgruntled owner of an original black PS2 which went beserk, wouldn't always boot up and chewed up game discs* I have to admit, albeit begrudgingly, that the newer silver model is bringing back memories of why I bought the damned thing in the first place.
Although the Xbox has stolen some of the market and is winning over a lot of the hearts and minds of people who wouldn't have bothered with the PS2's back catalogue previosly, the Sony console is still an awesome bit of kit, or, should I say, it's still the best supported console on the market.
The box is only as good as the game you put in it and the PS2, whatever the colour (Japan has red, yellow, blue...) is still the best supported platform on the market.
On the downside is the fact that you still have to fork out an extra £20 for a memory card before you can even start using the thing.
It would surely make life easier for gamers if Sony were to bundle the consle with one memory card and raise the price by, say, £10-15? Oh well...
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By A Customer on 16 Mar. 2001
Format: Video Game
Well, well, well.....Having been determined to hold off buying one until the hype and the price had dropped to a sensible level, I finally bit the bullet last week (oh the joys of store credit!) and bought my PS2. Having been a Dreamcast owner for the last year (and very happy with it too) I was saddened by the decision to stop making them and even more irked by the amount of games by 3rd party publishers that are now being dropped and so it is nice to have a system with some real backing again. The fist generation PS2 games, on the whole are very impressive (on par if not better technically than the 1st generation dreamcast games) though perhaps not the most original titles in the world. I own Timesplitters, Fifa and Tekken and have enjoyed all of them. As far as I can see, the console can only go from strength to strength over the next few years and I am looking forward to all the upcoming 2nd gen titles. I have been fortunate to have so far had no technical problems with my box (waiting 4 months after launch to buy one obviously did the trick) though I know others were not so fortunate. Still, most new systems have some teething problems (anyone remember the problem plagued PS 1 when it was released 6 or so years ago!?) As for the DVD....well I know it is not as good as my mates £250 dedicated player but, considering it is a secondary function of the console, I am very pleased - it is considerably better than my.. video recorder and that is enough for me. So, should you buy one?.....To be quite honest I would recommend to most that it may be worth waiting a few months - a price drop and a few more top quality games would improve the packages appeal no end, but on the whole I am very pleased with my new system.
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By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2001
Format: Video Game
I have had the PS2 since day 1. Some of the previous reviews are obviously written by Nintendo and Dreamcast fans without having committed their money to the PS2. OK. Most of the games at the moment are nothing to write home about, but the recent Moto GP, SSX, and Timesplitters are very worthy, with excellent graphics and gameplay..........
there are many many more titles to come which will keep the PS2 at the cutting edge for many years to come.
It is easy to operate, the controlers handle the same as with PS1 so there's nothing new to learn, and with a decent set of speakers and a wide screen tv this is a superb multimedia machine for the playing of CD's, PS1 titles, PS2 games and of course the DVD capability. Operating the DVD with the controller is a pain, but a small pain, playback is excellent for the average viwer of movies and only an expert would whinge about the lack of hook ups for the best DVD image and playback.
Basically for your £300.00 you get a cutting edge gaming machine that plays PS1, PS2,CD and DVD discs - what more do you want for goodness sake?
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