Sony PlayStation 2 ('SLIMLINE' PS2) PAL Model SCPH-70002

SCPH-70002 specific details at the end.

Announced in 1999 and released in 2000 the PlayStation 2 was Sony's jump into the sixth generation game console market. After the huge success of its predecessor the PlayStation the PS2 commanded initial skyrocketing sales, continued success and a solid, new console purchasing fan base well after the seventh generation consoles landed with it only being discontinued in late 2013.

Part of its huge success was that it had been designed to be backwards compatible with Playstation. Supporting both most legacy software and controllers made it the first console intentionally released with this functionallity.

Looking back however the PS2 had more of a haphazard release with a dash to add features not initially available to keep up with offerings from the competition. Most notably is the SEGA Dreamcast, PS2 then Microsoft XBOX gauntlet. The Dreamcast marketing focused heavily on trying to elevate online gaming to something that could be viable, reliable and actually a fun reality. Sony initially completely ignored the online option offering no online connectivity at all; pre SCPH-50000 series PS2s could be connected via the i.Link port for local multi-play.

When the XBOX was released in 2001 backed by the at the time impressive XBOX Live Service Sony scrambled to fill the feature gap. The bulky PS2 Network Adapter add-on in Dial-up or Dialup and Ethernet versions was the answer. The add-on was inserted into the 3.5" Expansion Bay (available on models 30000 to 50000) which could also accommodate a 40GB IDE Hard Drive, the PS2 HDD. Unlike Microsoft's in house server hosted online environment, Sony relied on game publishers to provide their own online options hosted on third party servers linked via a Sony hub.

The service seems to have been so quickly released that it doesn't even have a name. PS2 Online, PS2 Network Play and PS2 Network Gaming are all commonly used, however none are an official, legal name. Compared to Microsoft's XBOX Live it was an okay solution to a glaring feature omission with by far the biggest drawcard being that while XBOX Live was paid subscription based and the PS2 option was free.

One of the other hardware options that Sony seemed to back away from is the ability to add a 40GB IDE drive to the PS2 (models 30000 to 50000 and SCPH-70000 if you want to get creative). The PS2 HDD also required the PS2 Network Adapter to connect it to the PS2's main circuit board and power and so were sold as a pack. While the option allowed games to be par copied onto the PS2 HDD to reduce loading time, only 35 US released games supported it and the Expansion Bay was removed with the release of the slim PS2. Final Fantasy XI is an example the few games that required the hard drive add-on to run.

All that stale stuff out of the way, more culturally interesting is the almost immediate arguments as soon as the XBOX was released as to which was the better console, PS2 or XBOX. Not since the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis VS SNES fan war had such whining existing.

Before you start throwing stones the truth is while not necessarily the better console the XBOX wiped the floor with the PS2 as far as hardware goes. As a console it was a beast of a thing as the below abridged specs show.

In addition the Playstation 2 proprietary 'Emotion Engine' was extremely difficult to code for VS the XBOX's hybrid nVidia/Microsoft custom chip.

However.... the Playstation 2 had something the XBOX could never compete with..... the Playstation 1.

Having been such an amazingly well received console the Playstation had paved a clear path for its successor sporting a solid fan base which greatly impacted both console and game sales. So even while graphically for example the PS2 was greatly inferior (no anti aliasing for a start) and many games that looked poor on the XBOX being PS2 ports with anti aliasing added (Electronic Arts regularly did this) the Playstation 2 was better received.
Which was the better console?

Depends on whom you ask.

   Playstation 2 XBOX
CPU Clock Freq. 294.912 MHz 733 MHz
Instructions p/sec. 30 Million More than 1 Trillion
System Memory 32 MB 64 MB
Maximum Resolution 1280 X 1040 1920 X 1080
System Floating-point Arithmetic Capability 6.2 GFLOPS 120 GFLOPS
Image Processing Features Fog, Curved Surface Generation, Lighting Programmable vertex and pixel shaders, fog, Subpixel Anti-aliasing, 8 Hardware Lights, Alpha Blending, Multi-texturing, Bump Mapping, Environment Mapping, MIP Mapping, Bilinear Filtering, Trilinear Filtering, Anisotropic Filtering, Real-time Hardware Texture Decompression (S3TC)

Model SCPH-70002 'Slimline' (the final number indicates the county released: '2' for Australia)

Released in October 2004 the 700xx series saw the biggest change to the PS2 since its release with a complete remodel both inside and out. While the SCPH-700xx still retained the power and controlling hardware needed to run the PS2 HDD, the Expansion Bay and with it the approved way to add a HDD was removed. With the removal of the PS2 HDD option games that required it, such as Final Fantasy XI could not be played from this model on.

On the plus side the 7000x series included a built in ethernet port and in some regions a MODEM removing the need for both the Expansion Bay and the PS2 Network Adapter. It was also much quieter than the 'fat' models, of course smaller and lighter as well as MUCH cheaper to make.

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