The new smaller version of the PlayStation 2 gaming console (Abbreviated as PS2) matches the size of a hardcover book that makes it easier to carry around and play games anytime, anywhere. The console has an integrated Ethernet port for network gaming. The volume of the new smaller model of PS2 has been reduced by about 75% while its thickness has been trimmed down to 2.8 cm as compared to 7.8 cm in its previous model. The unit’s weight has also been halved.
The overhauled internal design of the unit incorporates the power supply into the console itself, thus reducing its weight considerably. The unit is Sony’s second video gaming console under the PlayStation series. It is a successor of PlayStation and the predecessor of the PlayStation 3. The console inherits the basic functions of the PlayStation. Due to its thinner profile, the console does not contain a 3.5″ expansion bay and therefore does not support the internal hard disk drive.
The PS2 is part of the sixth generation era. The unit has a large collection of widely acclaimed games like Grand Theft Auto series, Metal Gear Solid 3, Gran Turismo 4, the Sly Cooper trilogy, Champions: Return to Arms, and Shadow of the Colossus. Horror games available on the console include Silent Hill, Forbidden Siren, Project Zero and Resident Evil. The console also features music games like Sing Star, Dance Revolution and the guitar controller-based Guitar Hero series.
The sheer enjoyment one gets from the PS2 makes it an essential purchase. The console’s hardware can read both CDs and DVDs and is backward compatible with PlayStation games. The unit also supports PlayStation memory cards and controllers. There is also support for the internal PlayStation 2 HDD. The device is equipped with DVD-playback functionality, USB support and IEEE 1394 expansion ports.
popularity around the world. Children and adults alike spend an ever-growing amount of time on their computers playing games, seeking recreation and relaxation. There are many companies that create these games and have been enjoying phenomenal success as a result of this trend.
As we embark on 2008, a new trend is taking shape in the online gaming world. Online games are crossing over to video game consoles. Gaming consoles such as the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 are offering new features that allow their users to download games that were previously “online only”. This trend is on its tipping point and we are soon going to see a phenomenal growth in the console gaming field as a result. Arcade games have gone from being available only at local malls, to the computer and now finally to the home console.
PlayStation 3 offers this online service for free, while Xbox 360 charges a fee of $50 annually. This allows their users to download content online for their consoles. Playstation’s offer may only be an introductory offer and once this trend is established, I expect them to monetize on this as well by charging some sort of subscription based fee. What’s go great about this is that, the once expensive gaming console games are now almost available for free. Whenever users want a change, all they do is surf the Internet, download new games and plug it into their consoles. They are now watching enhanced graphics on a big-screen plasma of LCD TV and trust me, the experience is way better than online. I foresee a lot of couch-potato behavior happening as a result of this trend!
Experts in the industry opine that enhanced graphic capabilities of online games have really leveled the field between console games and online games. Only a few years ago, there was a very significant difference in the visual experience between online and console games. Broadband proliferation and bandwidth availability was not strong enough to let online gamers get crazy with heavy graphics. Not anymore. The growing Internet usage and ever-increasing speeds have made online games just as good as console games, which is certainly the underlying cause for this trend.
This trend appears to be here to stay. Leading game creators such as JenkatGames dot com and BigFishGames dot com are releasing newer fun-filled games on a regular basis and the demand still keeps going up. It will not be long before all of your favorite console games will be ported over online and directly available for download to your console. With all of the gaming machines now online, and that too at high speeds, if you think online gaming was child’s play, well, think again!