Significant Innovations Of Playstation 2 For The Past 20 Years

This week represents the 20th anniversary of Playstation 2’s debut in North America, and it has us looking back very fondly on the legendary hardware.

Before the Playstation 5 exist, we have the Playstation 2 that holds the record of amassed sales of over 150 million units during its lifetime. The PS2 period holds a few of the most adored PlayStation arrangement and exclusives. Moreover, that was the era of the “buddy platformer,” recreations like Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, and Tricky Cooper.

Dual Analog Controller


The standard PS2 controller has 15 buttons; all of them, except for Analog, Start and Select are analog. They include:

  • four buttons arranged as a directional pad on the top left
  • Analog, Start and Select buttons in the top middle
  • four action buttons on the top right
  • two action buttons on the front left
  • two action buttons on the front right
  • one analog joystick on the top left
  • one analog joystick on the top right

PlayStation 2 Eye Toy

The EyeToy is a color webcam for PlayStation 2. Supported games to use for computer vision and motion acknowledgment to prepare pictures taken by the EyeToy. In addition, this permits players to be connected with the recreations utilizing movement, color location, conjointly sound, through its built-in mouthpiece. It was discharged in October 2003.

PlayStation 2 DVD Player


The PlayStation 2 had the capacity to play DVDs, with the player able to use the controller as a remote for no extra cost. In 2000, a solo DVD player still cost a few of hundred dollars to purchase on its own. To many individuals, the extra taken a toll of a launch PlayStation 2 was little sufficient that it was a beneficial investment. As time went on and the cost of the PlayStation 2 relentlessly dropped, it got to be indeed more appealing, as DVDs got to be the dominant form of home media. A part of individuals utilized a PlayStation 2 as either their fundamental DVD player or as a versatile one that might be taken into another room/a friend’s house.

PlayStation 2 Games


The best PS2 games are a time capsule that’ll take you straight back to the 90s. It was the trio of Grand Theft Auto games on the PS2, namely III, Vice City, and San Andreas, that really gave players the chance to traverse entire worlds by land, sea, and air.

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Sony Exclusive Studios

Here are some of the exclusive studios of Playstation:

Naughty Dog


Perhaps the most famous of Sony’s studios, Naughty Dog has a long history creating series such as Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, and Uncharted. Acquired in 2001.

SIE Japan Studio


One of the oldest and largest PlayStation first-party developers, SIE Japan Studio has a gigantic workforce divided into various teams. The division also functions as a support studio for third-party developers working on exclusive PlayStation games.

Insomniac Games


Famed for PlayStation exclusive series such as Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, and Resistance, the developer has felt like part of the first party family all along. With Marvel’s Spider-Man being such a huge hit, it’s no wonder Sony scooped the studio up in 2019.

SIE Santa Monica Studio


Creators of the God of War franchise. Previously incubated developers like that game company, while also serving as a support studio for external developers working on exclusive games.

Sucker Punch

One-time Nintendo 64 developer, Sucker Punch is best known for the Sly Cooper and inFAMOUS series. Acquired by Sony in 2011.

Playstation 2 Backwards Compatibility

he PS2 is backward compatible with most PS1 games and extras – but compatibility truly depends on the model of PS2. Over the board, the tremendous majority of titles are consistent with all models of the PS2, but there are more than a modest bunch of exemptions.

These PS1 games have compatibility issues with all PS2 models:

  • Arcade Party Pak
  • Arcade’s Greatest Hits/Atari 2
  • Fighter Maker
  • Monkey Hero

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Playstation 2 USB Ports

The USB ports on the front panel of a PlayStation 2 are used to connect peripheral accessories to the console to enhance its functionality. 

PlayStation EyeToy

When the EyeToy is ready, it will display an LED indicator. Some games were made exclusively for the EyeToy, such as “The Sims 2,” in which you can create a Sim using your own face.

Using a Headset

Using an available USB port, you can plug in the headset and use it in a supported online game. This allows you to chat without having to take your hands off the controller to type.

Keyboard and Mouse Accessories

Even though there’s an official keyboard and mouse set was released by Sony, it is possible to use any compatible USB keyboard and mouse setup with the PlayStation 2.

Game-Specific Accessories

Official microphones come with USB cables, allowing you to plug them into your console without sacrificing an available controller port.

Final Fantasy XI External Hard Drive

The first cross-platform MMO, “Final Fantasy XI,” rounds out the list as it released with an external hard drive required to play the game. In addition to its considerable size, the game had to ship with its own custom hard drive because the console.

Do you have any experience with Playstation 2? Write your experience with your PlayStation 2 down below and don’t forget to greet them a happy 20th anniversary!

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