PlayStation 2 turns 10 today

Thursday, 4th March 2010 12:09 GMT By Johnny Cullen

PS2 Fat

Guess what? Ten years ago to the day, Sony launched PlayStation 2 in Japan.

The console was first shown at a Japanese event in 1999.

Launch titles were limited, with Ridge Racer 5 and Street Fighter EX3 standing out.

The machine went on to launch later that year in both the US and EU, hitting on October 26 and November 24 respectively.

PS2 has gone on to become the best-selling under-the-TV console of all time, selling over 140 million units, with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas being its best-selling game.

Gran Turismo’s 3 and 4 are the second and third best-selling games respectively.

Congrats to it. May it soldier on for a while longer.



  1. mington

    hip hip hooray
    hip hip hooray

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    Metal Gear Solid 3 = *salute*
    Zone of the Enders 2 = *salute*
    Grand Theft Auto: Vice CIty = *salute*

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Still a great console!

    /gets on with Persona 4

    #3 5 years ago
  4. mington

    Global Defence Force = *salute*

    #4 5 years ago
  5. daytripper

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Quiiick

    … seems like yesterday to me.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. ruckus

    …just highlights why 10 year strategies are folly.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. No_PUDding

    Ico = *salute*
    Shadow of the Colossus = *salute*
    GTA3 = *salute*

    Now ditch it entirely.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Bulk Slash

    Sorry to be a curmudgeon but I never got on with the PS2. I think after the sharp VGA output of the Dreamcast the muddy blur the PS2 output even over component cables just annoyed me. I’m fairly certain most games were upscaled to 480i/p rather than being rendered at 640×480 like the Dreamcast. The analogue sticks were stiff and had huge dead zones too.

    The more games that get re-worked for PS3 like God of War Collection the better. I’d particularly like Ace Combat 5 and Shadow of the Colossus…

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Johnny Cullen

    Ace Combat 5 remake would be godlike.

    That shit was amazing.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. A4-F8

    Metal Gear series ^^

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Tonka

    Fuck me. I could have sworn it was older. HAs it really only been 10 years?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    With this console Sony made NO Mistakes. There are hardcore games, casual games of all status. From F,D games to AAA titles. It was reliable, cheap… what shit i’m talking?

    Congratulations Sony and old PS2 that is still selling well.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. theevilaires

    Best damn console EVER! Agrees with J.C. 99% except San Andreas was just unbelievable awesome. Ace Combat was a legend on the PS2 too.

    God, I miss the PS2 era!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. No_PUDding

    I found games much more exciting back then. Hopefully I can learn to get that magic back.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. mington

    can we have downloadable ps2 games on our ps3′s now! stupid sony

    #16 5 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    Sony made lots of mistakes with PS2.

    For one we replaced 7 of them. The anolog sticks are way to close together. The lack of AA was laughable(compare to Dreamcast). The lack of online focus(again compare to DC and XB). 2 controler ports VS 4. The FF HDD disaster.

    What helped Sony so much then was two things. Both of them related. The PS and PS2 both launched Pre DS and Pre PSP and more spacifly prehandheld mania in JP. And secondly the PS/PS2 both lacked competiton in their early days from western consoles and western publishers. The market was JP dominated.

    Fastfward to today and the land scape looks much different.

    So many strong JP game devs/pubs are placing their best efforts on DS/PSP. It seems like everyone in JP must own and three of each handheld by now.

    And western games from Halo to CoD to UC to Forza. And western Pubs EA and Acti. All of them out perform their eastern conterparts. Add in the wests focus for online MP.

    And really one of the biggest troubles for Sony this generation is that they are too Japanesse.

    Sony has built their house with JP support. This gen, I believe it holds them back.

    Happy B-day PS2, we had some good times.

    But truth be said I played more Dreamcast(PSO, Marvel Vs Capcom, Speed Devils, Quake and Unreal(Online) and more Xbox(Mechassult, Halo, Unreal, and PSO(Online). Then I did you.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Hunam

    It really is a damn shame the Japanese output on the PS3 isn’t anywhere near the quality of the PS2. I have so many games that I will absolutly not get rid of on the PS2 but can’t really say that about the PS3/360.

    Silent Hill 2 was a turning point though, that game was a fucking menace.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    You forgot to mention that the PS2 was the first ever backward compatible system, and the first console to let you watch a new better video media that was sweeping the world at the time.

    It had so much hype that people only bit because the PS1 was so great also. I still don’t see how people can sit here and argue with the dualshock after using it as their main controller during that 10 year supreme rein.

    Online speeds were nowhere like they are today so online games weren’t that much of a big deal. I will say that fucking multi-tap 4 player add on was pure bullshit. Especially when the N64 and Dreamcast made having 4 controller ports on a console crucial to party games….like the GUY GAME :D

    All in all the PS2 is arguably the best video game console ever made and I’m talking only from a software standpoint.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @OlderGamer i completely disagree with everything. I love everything about the PS2 controller. Dreamcast controller is on steroids. PS2 had the best titles from all 6th generation consoles and thats a fact. From Gran Turismo till Metal Gear, GTA, God Of War series. They have the biggest library of titles from many publishers + 1st party and 2nd party.

    Dreamcast was burned by PS2 with absolutely everything.

    I think you just liked Xbox, Dreamcast more because you just liked them… but you can’t deny that they had great exclusives, great games and great platform… GTA and e.t.c.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. DaMan

    tea, Mega Drive was compatible with Master System games.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Blerk

    The PS2 was awesome. This is fact.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. sennasnit

    I don’t believe that’s true, but may be wrong…

    #23 5 years ago
  24. OlderGamer

    The PS controler design is all down to taste as is any controler. But for me it was one of the worst ever designs. Right behind the Atari Jaguar.

    The thumb sticks are way to close to each other. Working those things is like rubing your tummy and patting your head at the same time. The contour bending of the “handles”? Really? Whos hands does that fit? Mine are too big.

    I really liked the feel of the DC and the XB controlers. Their size was nice too. The king of controler comfort, for me, is the xb360 controler. Feels good. Good anolog sticks. Good size. Love it.

    The PS controlers are so bad that for PS2 I went out and bought a converter so I could plug my xbone controler into the PS2. Works great, remaping included. For PS3 I own a DreamGear controler. It is PS3, but designed like a xb360ish one – it seperates the duel sticks, and redesigns the shoulder buttons. Very nice, little sloppy in the sticks, but it works good and fits great.

    Controler comfort is down to the individual. Just a preferance. No right or wrong. But for me I have always loathed the PS design.

    Sidenote, bit of irony really:
    I never got into GTA.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. sennasnit

    according to Wikipedia, it needed an add-on.
    Apparently “the Atari 7800 is backward compatible with almost all Atari 2600 games.”

    #25 5 years ago
  26. DaMan

    Mega Drive was able to run them using a converter, not out of the box.

    edit: yeah, that’s what I meant.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. sennasnit

    lol, could do this all day.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. OlderGamer

    The DC could play some PSone games with a disc swap ;)

    #28 5 years ago
  29. sennasnit

    it probably is true that it was the first home console, to do backwards compatibility out of the box.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. theevilaires

    Oh yea , true DaMan but was the graphical leap that much further ahead that system had to basically be 2 in 1. I was very young back then and only remember a few titles like shinobi which was my cousin’s and he didn’t let me play very much…(had to sneak and play while he was at school :D )

    #30 5 years ago
  31. theevilaires

    OlderGamer said: The DC could play some PSone games with a disc swap ;)

    You mean that emulator that everyone and their grandma tried to get a hold of. It made MGS1 look like a PS2 game :) I forget the name damn, but yea Sony went after that company fast boy, good times back then man, good fucking times!

    #31 5 years ago
  32. DaMan

    Bleem I think.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. theevilaires

    yea Bleemcast, oh man fanboys went wild when that came out. And I’m not talking about internet fanboys, I mean in school, in your face real gang fanboys. Nobody did anything violent we just use to scream out which side had the best exclusives across the cafeteria while risking detention :D

    #33 5 years ago
  34. mington

    nom nom nom

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Bulk Slash

    I do think the Dreamcast’s joypad was awesome, generally most people found it uncomfortable, but I think I just got used to the unusual shape. The analogue stick was fantastic on it and we have the DC to thank for analogue triggers on all modern systems. I couldn’t imagine playing Crazy Taxi with anything else!

    During the PS1 era I adored the Dual Shock, but when I eventually got a PS2 with Dual Shock 2 I was shocked by how much I didn’t like it. It wasn’t until recently that I found my original Dual Shock and I discovered the reason I hated the DS2′s analogue sticks was because they were much stiffer and the movement felt rough. I’ve got several pads too, so it’s not a dodgy one-off.

    With the DS3 Sony have gone back to the feel of the DS1′s sticks and it’s an infinitely superior pad because of it. The DS2 also had a much larger dead zone compared to the DS1 and DS3 which made accurate aiming really hard.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Filofax

    The so called mistakes you listed are your opinions not fact, also I know people who have been through 7 or 8 xbox360′s your point is?
    As for Sony being too Japanese what the hell has that got to do with anything. Take a long hard look at some of the western publishers EA, Activision, most don’t really give a shit about gamers.

    I for one am glad that Sony still have focus on Japanese developers, after all if it was not for them I would miss out on games like Demon’s Soul’s and more importantly The Last Guardian.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Hero of Canton

    Gitaroo Man = *salute*
    Forbidden Siren 2 = *salute*
    God Hand = *salute*
    Yakuza = *salute*

    I like to be different. :)

    #37 5 years ago
  38. mington


    #38 5 years ago
  39. DaMan

    also, sennasnit I didn’t know about Atari actually. I just remember the manual for my MD saying that.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Hunam

    I still love the PS2, I actually put more time into it in 2009 than I did the PS3 and 360 (though not the PC). I’d imagine this is the last year though, so I made a pact with myself to finish every unfinished PS2 game I own before the year is out.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. OlderGamer


    Come down off your soapbox. Join the rest of us.

    I never claimed anything as FACT. Most of what you read on this or anyother such website is going to be someone opinion.

    Here is a fact for you tho. I own and game on a PS3 too. So take your would be labels of fanboyism and go somewhere else with them.

    As for xb360s breaking. Mine broke too, MS replaced it, free. My first PS3 broke too. I payed to replace that. Hell I remember PSones having to be turned upside down to get them to read the discs when they first launched. I think it is farly safe to say that all game hardware is going to break. If you know someone that has broken 7 xb360s, tell them to get it off of the carpeted floor. lol. No really tho, if they are burning through that many systems, I would suspect they don’t have it well ventilated, that or they are lying to you.

    I have replaced several systems over the years. I play alot of hours, more then most. Stay at home Dad. And I wear stuff out. Maybe your friend does to, it happens. The thing is, if he is wearing out that many systems, he must be playing the crap out of them.

    As for JP focus?

    I have no problems with JP games. None. Many of them are very good. But I don’t think it is wise to rely on them. I think Sony has always figured that if they make the hardware, game pubs will put their games on it. That strat worked well in the PS2 days. But I think we have a different market today.

    Demon’s Soul is alright. Too hard imo, but it is ok. But I enjoyed Fallout3 and Mass Effect more. Alot more. All down to taste and opinions. This is the game industry, very little of it runs on Fact.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. theevilaires

    Ok again with the DualShock analog thing, maybe it was just me but I always used the D-Pad for most games….Yes I used the D-pad with racing games like Gran Turismo3. It wasn’t until Rockstar forced me to use the damn analogs in GTA: SA that I had to get use to them. Ever since then they haven’t been an issue to me.

    The DC controller OMG suuuuuuuuuucked. That analog stick was too sensitive and felt like playing with a girls hard erect nipples more that anything else. People say it was the best console for fighters….How? the D-pad was placed so low and felt awkward too…maybe its just me.

    Whenever I do fire up my old PS1 and PS2 games now I immediately go for the analogs though, Syphon Filter feels pretty damn fluid using them over the D-pad with Gabe’s crazy run animation. And parasite eve is more manageable with that crazy fixed camera.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. sennasnit

    @DaMan that is the miracle of Wikipedia my friend :)

    #43 5 years ago
  44. OlderGamer

    Ok just hit me … I could be playing BF:BC2 right now :)

    So long as you enjoy what your gaming on, does it really mater what the other guy is gaming on?

    Later folks.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. theevilaires

    Hunam said: I still love the PS2, I actually put more time into it in 2009 than I did the PS3 and 360.

    Playing Persona 4 I believe you. Have you finished it yet? I’m watching the Giantbomb vids, maybe one day when I’m old and bored I’ll fire it on the PS9 ;)

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Hunam

    Nah, about 60 hours through it at the moment. Just imported the guide from Doublejump as I really want to get into the meat of the fusion without having to have my laptop on all the time. Persona 3 took me about 90 hours all in and that was just a normal, not completionist run :P

    Megaten seems to have transferred to handhelds at the moment though, which is a shame really as I’d love Persona 5/SMT4/new megaten series on the consoles.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Dannybuoy

    Having never owned a PS or PS2 and currently playing through GoW collection on PS3, I feel I’ve missed out on a lot. Sure being a nintendo fanboy during that time had it’s perks bit I feel PS2 was where it was at. Oh well. Happy birthday old gal

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Bulk Slash

    “That analog stick was too sensitive and felt like playing with a girls hard erect nipples more that anything else”

    You say that like it’s a bad thing? ;)

    #48 5 years ago
  49. NoxNoctisUmbra

    The best console ever made!

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Yoshi

    *Salute* Fantastic console and honestly the best ;)

    #50 5 years ago

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