The PlayStation 2

( PS2) is a residence computer game console established and marketed by Sony Computer Amusement. It was first released in Japan on March 4, 2000, in North America on October 26, 2000, in Europe on November 24, 2000, and in Australia on November 30, 2000. It is the successor to the initial PlayStation, in addition to the second installment in the PlayStation console line-up. A sixth-generation console, it took on Sega's Dreamcast, Nintendo's GameCube, as well as Microsoft's initial Xbox.
Declared in 1999, the PS2 offered backward-compatibility for its precursor's DualShock controller, as well as its video games. The PS2 is the very successful computer game console of all time, having actually sold over 155 million devices worldwide.Over 3,800 video game titles have been released for the PS2, with over 1.5 billion duplicates sold.Sony later produced several smaller, lighter revisions of the console called Slimline designs in 2004.
Despite having the release of its successor, the PlayStation 3, the PS2 remained popular well into the seventh generation. It continued to be produced till 2013 when Sony ultimately revealed that it had actually been stopped after over twelve years of manufacturing– among the lengthiest lifespans of a computer game console. In spite of the statement, new ready the console continued to be generated until completion of 2013, consisting of Last Dream XI: Hunters of Adoulin for Japan, FIFA 14 for North America, as well as Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 for Europe. Repair solutions for the system in Japan ended on September 7, 2018.


Though Sony has maintained information of the PlayStation 2's advancement secret, work on the console began around the time that the initial PlayStation was released (in late 1994). Insiders stated that it was established in the U.S. West Shore by former participants of Argonaut Software.By 1997 word had actually dripped to journalism that the console would certainly have backward-compatibility with the original PlayStation, an integrated DVD player, and Web connectivity.Officially, nonetheless, Sony remained to deny that a successor to the PlayStation was being created. Sony announced the PlayStation 2 (PS2) on March 1, 1999. The computer game console was positioned as a competitor to Sega's Dreamcast, the first sixth-generation console to be released, although ultimately the main opponents of the PS2 were Nintendo's GameCube as well as Microsoft's Xbox.The Dreamcast itself launched really efficiently in The United States and Canada later on that year, offering over 500,000 units within 2 weeks.
Not long after the Dreamcast's North American launch, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 2 at the Tokyo Game Program on September 20, 1999. Sony revealed fully usable demos of forthcoming PlayStation 2 games consisting of Grandma Turismo 2000 ( later launched as Grandmother Turismo 3: A-Spec) and also Tekken Tag Competition– which revealed the console's visuals capabilities and power.
The PS2 was launched in March 2000 in Japan, October in North America, as well as November in Europe. Sales of the console, video games and accessories drew in $250 million on the initial day, beating the $97 million made on the initial day of the Dreamcast.Directly after its release, it was challenging to find PS2 systems on seller racks due to manufacturing delays. One more alternative was buying the console online via public auction internet sites such as eBay, where individuals paid over a thousand dollars for the console. The PS2 at first marketed well partially on the basis of the strength of the PlayStation brand name and the console's backward-compatibility, offering over 980,000 devices in Japan by March 5, 2000, someday after launch. This allowed the PS2 to touch the big set up base established by the PlayStation– another major selling factor over the competition. Later on, Sony added brand-new advancement kits for video game programmers as well as even more PS2 units for consumers. The PS2's built-in capability additionally broadened its target market beyond the gamer, as its launching pricing was the same or less than a standalone DVD player. This made the console an affordable access into the house cinema market.


Software program for the PlayStation 2 was dispersed largely on DVD-ROM, with some titles being published on CD-ROM. In addition, the console can play audio CDs and also DVD flicks and also is backward-compatible with mostly all initial PlayStation games. The PlayStation 2 also supports PlayStation memory cards as well as controllers, although original PlayStation flash memory card will only work with original PlayStation video games as well as the controllers might not sustain all features (such as analog switches) for PlayStation 2 games.
The basic PlayStation 2 memory card has an 8 MEGABYTES capacity.There are a range of non-Sony made flash memory card available for the PlayStation 2, enabling a memory ability larger than the conventional 8 MB.
The console additionally includes 2 USB ports, and 1 IEEE 1394 ( Firewire) port (SCPH-10000 to 3900x only). A disk drive can be set up in an growth bay on the back of the console, as well as is called for to play specific games, notably the popular Last Fantasy XI.This is only readily available on certain versions.
The console makes use of the Emotion Engine CPU, custom-designed by Sony and Toshiba as well as based upon the MIPS architecture with a floating point efficiency of 6.2 GFLOPS.The GPU is likewise custom-designed for the console as well as called the Graphics Synthesizer, with a fillrate of 2.4 gigapixels/second, with the ability of making as much as 75 million polygons per second.When accounting for functions such as lights, appearance mapping, artificial intelligence, and also game physics, it has a real-world efficiency of 3 million to 16 million polygons per second. You can get acquainted with all the games in more detail on our website

Video clip and sound

The PlayStation 2 can natively result video resolutions on SDTV and also HDTV from 480i to 480p while various other video games, such as Gran Turismo 4 as well as Visitor Prize are recognized to sustain up-scaled 1080i resolution making use of any of the complying with standards: composite video clip( 480i), S-Video (480i), RGB( 480i/p), VGA( for progressive scan video games as well as PS2 Linux only), YPBPR part video ( which display most initial PlayStation games in their native 240p setting which a lot of HDTV sets do not assistance), and D-Terminal. Wires are available for all of these signal types; these cables additionally output analog stereo sound. Additionally, an RF modulator is available for the system to link to older TVs.
Digital (S/PDIF) audio may also be result by the console via its TOSLINK connectorwhich outputs 2.0 PCM, 5.1, as well as 6.1 network noise in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround Ex-spouse, DTS, And DTS-ES styles.


PlayStation 2 software program is distributed on CD-ROM and also DVD-ROM; both styles are set apart by their discs' bottoms, with CD-ROMs being blue and also DVD-ROMs being silver. The PlayStation 2 supplied some specifically high-profile special video games. A lot of major entries in the Grand Theft Auto, Final Dream, as well as Metal Gear Solid collection were launched solely for the console. Numerous prolific series obtained their beginning on the PlayStation 2, consisting of God of Battle, Cog & Clank, Jak and also Daxter, Adversary Might Cry, Kingdom Hearts, as well as Sly Cooper. Grand Burglary Automobile: San Andreas was the best-selling game on the console.
Video game launches peaked in 2004, however decreased with the launch of the PlayStation 3 in 2006. The last new games for the console were Last Dream XI: Seekers of Adoulin in Asia, FIFA 14 in The United States and Canada, and Pro Evolution Football 2014 in Europe. As of June 30, 2007, a total of 10,035 software titles had actually been released globally including games launched in numerous regions as separate titles.

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