Sony PlayStation 2 Video Game Consoles
Play some of the most beloved video games of all time with a Sony PS2. Connect it to your TV, plug it in, and have a blast with both single-player and cooperative experiences. Enjoy amazing exclusives like “Kingdom Hearts,” “Shadow of the Colossus,” and “Grand Turismo 4.”
What is the PlayStation 2?
The PlayStation 2, often called the PS2, is a home gaming system. It requires connection to a TV or similar display and can function as a standalone CD and DVD player. PS2 games are distributed on discs, and there are many exclusive and third-party titles to choose from. The PlayStation 2 can also play videos and music from USB-attached storage.
When was the PlayStation 2 released?
The original model was released in 2000 on March 4 in Japan, October 26 in North America, November 24 in Europe, and November 30 worldwide. A slimline model, which has a smaller physical footprint, was released in 2004 on October 29 in Europe, November 3 in Japan, November 25 in North America, and December 2 worldwide.
What gamepads does the system support?
A PS2 works with DualShock 2 controllers. The system is also compatible with the DS controllers made for the original PlayStation. There are also many third-party controllers for both the PlayStation 1 and 2 that are compatible as well. The PlayStation 2 can also support the DS 3 and 4 for the PlayStation 3 and 4.
Is the PlayStation 2 region-locked?
Yes. Sony enforces region-locking for DVD movies and games. Your console supports games with the same region code as the system as well as all region-free games.
Is the PS2 backward-compatible with PS1 games?
Yes, for most titles. Region-locking still applies, but if you have an original PS1 disc, you can insert it into your PlayStation 2 and play the game as if you were using a PS1.
What accessories does the console support?
There are many PlayStation 2 accessories available. In addition, the PS2 is backward-compatible with PlayStation 1 accessories. These options include:
- DualShock gamepads
- DVD remote controls
- EyeToy cameras
- Memory cards
Can I upgrade the PS2 hard drive?
Yes. The hard drive is removable and upgradeable. The 30000 and 50000 models even have an expansion bay that makes accessing the drive extra easy. There is an official Sony drive available, but you can also use units from third parties. You can upgrade to larger HDD sizes than were originally paired with the product. The HDD you choose should be a 3.5-inch drive with a Molex power connection and a parallel ATA interface.