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Old 2007-05-06, 00:02   Link #1
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Buying a Playstation 2

Hi, I've decided to buy a PS2.

Can I get recommendations on which model to buy?

I would like to chip it and be able to play Japanese games. Should I buy the new slim model? Is the old big model easier to work on?

Can I expect it to last for more then 3 years?


Thanks in advance!
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Old 2007-05-06, 00:43   Link #2
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there are only the slim models left, unless you can find the original model, it makes no difference anyway. If you are going to play it more than 10 hours a day, get a desk fan.
IMO, if you have never touch any of the PS2 games in the past, it should last you 3 years if you stock up on the good games, and if it takes 3 weeks for you to complete a game.
However, if you expect new stuff to come out, I don't know how much longer will PS2 last, most companies that are willing to produce PS2 quality games would rather make a Wii game instead.
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Old 2007-05-06, 23:15   Link #3
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i have a japanese slim ps2. willingly sell it. pm me...
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Old 2007-05-07, 00:36   Link #4
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I'm selling an original ps2 modded with a 80 gig harddrive. PM me
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Old 2007-05-11, 23:11   Link #5
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Maybe you should buy the Original Model... Because from what i heard, The Slim model has It's Limits on how much Time You play..
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Old 2007-05-12, 02:09   Link #6
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well I have already left my slim on for a week and it's still going good. You don't have to worry about life span with a PS2.....I(or any one I know) had to get repairs or anything.
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Old 2007-05-12, 02:41   Link #7
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I didnt' have any problems with the slim. It's smaller, quieter, and reads disc faster than my fat one.
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Old 2007-05-12, 09:43   Link #8
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You don't have to worry about life span with a PS2
Many, many PS2 owners would beg to disagree with you on that.
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Old 2007-05-12, 11:19   Link #9
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The PS2 will be dead within 1 to 2 years after the PS3 pricedrop. Which should be at the end of this year if it happens.
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Old 2007-05-12, 20:35   Link #10
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oww! sorry for the Info earlier ^_^ so i was wrong!? that the PS2 Slim version has time Limits ^_^ okay i prefer SLim Model ^_^
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Old 2007-05-12, 22:18   Link #11
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Many, many PS2 owners would beg to disagree with you on that.
well my statement was based on all my friends who have ps2's.......and none have broken including my own.

But I do know a fex X-box's that have broken(and my cousins 360 I laughed at him), I know that might sound fan boyish but I swear on my life!

I notice you always have negative comments about anything play station
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Old 2007-05-12, 23:09   Link #12
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I think he means "The few of the many PS2 owners would beg to disagree on you on that."
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Old 2007-05-13, 00:44   Link #13
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Hmm...I got one recently, and only have a few games for it. I bealieve you can expect a few more games to come out. I give it until the end of summer, and then it's offically dead. Other then that...The slim version would be good, and for the three year thing. It depends on how long it takes for you to beat a game. I usually take two to three days. (Not including RPGs) It would also depend on the game play, and the time it takes tje game itself.
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Old 2007-05-13, 00:47   Link #14
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Other then that...The slim version would be good, and for the three year thing. It depends on how long it takes for you to beat a game. I usually take two to three days. (Not including RPGs) It would also depend on the game play, and the time it takes tje game itself.
And the amount of free time you have. If you work&study, like me, you're not bound to beat games in such a short amount of time.

I still haven't got my hands on a PS2, either (and I hate myself for it). It has a lot to do with the overinflated price of the console over here... Well, I guess I'll be getting one for July or something, if everything goes well.
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Old 2007-05-13, 04:00   Link #15
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Hmm...I got one recently, and only have a few games for it. I bealieve you can expect a few more games to come out. I give it until the end of summer, and then it's offically dead. Other then that...The slim version would be good, and for the three year thing. It depends on how long it takes for you to beat a game. I usually take two to three days. (Not including RPGs) It would also depend on the game play, and the time it takes tje game itself.
I only got myself a PS2 recently. Frankly, I am happy about the game selection since there is only a few games I like anyway. Further, some of the best games are often released near the end of the console's life-cycle, because it is at that time when the developers finally learned to use the console's capabilities to the full. It's is like the Tales of Phantasia SNES game, which had voices, vibrant colours and even a singer to sing a song in the opening, things that no SNES game had before.
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Old 2007-05-13, 07:42   Link #16
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I think he means "The few of the many PS2 owners would beg to disagree on you on that."
You must have missed the many reports about PS2s, especially those from the first couple of years, breaking down.
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Old 2007-05-13, 08:09   Link #17
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Being a chipper myself I've had the pleasure of having every version of a ps2 known to man come through my hands..

I can honestly say that the small PS2 is a shitty piece of work.. especially the first ones. ( mine has died a horrible smoking deatht too, it was one of the first after release) even without it being chipped, lasers were frying all over the place due to hardware lockups ( one chip in particular, not a modchip though) wich overloaded the lasercoils or laserunits themselves, making them extremely hot to a point where the insulation on the wires melted wich shorted them or it warped and cooked the lens. The chip that locks up is also the chip the powerbutton is attached to so you couldn't turn it off besided pulling out the power cord.. all this happens in a few seconds, so you wouldn't even have the time to get to your console, and pull the cord out after it freezes.

Sony, due to wanting to cut costs( speculation), didn't incorporate a hardware checking mechanism for such a lockup ( they depended on the fact that since they lowered the input voltage from 12V to 8.5V the hardware itself could stand it if such a lockup occured) and the modding community came up with a few themselves of wich a simmilar circuit is now being seen in the later/latest versions of the slimline.

The latest versions of it are quite ok, but the first few versions were utter crap..

The fat PS2 is much better, apart from the two latest version ( V9 and V10 wich had laserburnouts too) woch were not as good as the V7 ( wich is the best version for a fatty) but since these are not in the shops anymore, a slimline is the only option if you want one.

If you want it chipped, get a premod with a decent chip (Matrix Infinity for instance, watch out for clones!!!) with warranty from a good shop/online shop.

I don't know what part of the world you reside in pepper_begs but after chipping you will be able to play any import on it from any standard. PAL machines will play NTSC movie DVD's but NTSC machines cannot play PAL movie DVDs due to a buffer limitation in the NTSC ( NTSC had fewer imagelines)
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Old 2007-05-13, 10:28   Link #18
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You must have missed the many reports about PS2s, especially those from the first couple of years, breaking down.
Not being rude or anything, but mind showing me these many reports you talk of? D:
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Old 2007-05-13, 10:45   Link #19
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I have to say the fatties are built like a tank. I've dropped it accidentally from a shelf of 1metre and it's still going. It's survived me moving 3 separate times all over Australia. For a long time it was the only DVD player I had.

hey even if the system is dead, the DVD format will still be the standard for a while yet, well at least someone wins the HD/Blu ray wars IMO. At worst you'll have a backup DVD player. (Which is why I went PS2 instead of xbox initially as it was good to go as a DVD player without additional purchasing of equipment, the price diff was only 20 by the time I bought it and the xbox remote cost like $60 here). Yes, I'm a cheap skate. Also the RPG genre seems to be better represented by Ps2 (FF, Kingdom Hearts etc etc) but Xbox had the better FPS ( halo etc etc). At least that's what I think.

I actually can't thnk of a recent generation console that didn't have issues in the first year. Xbox had drive issues and the PS2 had power? issues. 360 had a few bugs at release and well the PS3 I haven't heard much but I'm sure something will creep up.

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Old 2007-05-14, 06:59   Link #20
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Not being rude or anything, but mind showing me these many reports you talk of? D:
I'm sorry, I really can't be bothered when this is common knowledge. It's even fact that Sony for a long time has built hardware with lower quality.
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