Several news outlets have announced that Sony Japan will cease distribution of the PlayStation 2 console in Japan. Its only a matter of time before the popular console’s life finally ends here in the United States. That said, now is the time to start collecting and or hoarding PS2 games, hardware, and merchandise either as a personal investment, or to jump start that collection you always promised yourself that you’d get. Here are some things to consider:
The PS2 was released in both the original, and slim models. The larger models are as follows:
- SCPH30001 – this is just the standard console
- SCPH35001 – This is the GT edition
- SCPH30001R – same as 30001 but has the IR drivers built in
- SCPH39001 – same as above but with minor changes
- SCPH50001 – same as above but with progressive scan, IR receiver built in, and Firewire port remove
- If the console has an N after it then it came with the network adapter. If it has a C then it was most likely (but not always) a Canadian console
For the slim there are two different ones
- SCPH7XXX1 – the 70000 series have an external power supply. The Network Adaptor is built in, but does not have the phone port
- SCPH9XXX1 – the 90000 series have the power supply built in
If you’re interested in buying a used console stick with the 30001R, 50001, or 90001 series. If you have a broken system you can still have it serviced for about $50 from SCEA but you might be better off buying a new slim in stores (if you can find one) because if you consider the $50 for repair plus another $15 for shipping, thats $65, with a 90 day warranty. A new system is $99, but you get a one year warranty, a controller, new flat end av cables, etc. But if you are insistent on a repair call 1-800-345-7669 – you will unlikely get your exact console back.
If you’re going to buy a used slim avoid the 7XXX1. The power supplies were recalled around 2004-2005 and there isn’t an easy way to tell if the one you’re buying is a replacement. Over the next five years I predict you’ll see plenty of PS2 consoles in thrift stores, just as you can easily find PS1 and Nintendo 64s in thrift stores now.
The most valuable accessories for the PS2 will end up being the licensed memory cards, and licensed controllers. If it’s not licensed than its probably junk anyways and might not have much collecting value (think: Madcatz, and Pelican). Some controllers will say they are licensed when they are not SONY licensed. Example being the Starwars and NFL controllers. Even though it says Licensed on it, it means its licensed from Lucasfilms and the NFL, not from SONY.
The licensed memory cards are only 8MEG, they will say Magic Gate on them. Nyko released a licensed card, also 8MEG. Its yellow with a black thumb grip. ANY OTHER MEG SIZE IS A KNOCK OFF AND NOT A LICENSED PRODUCT. EVEN IF IT SAYS SONY ON IT! Be cautious of Chinese knock offs as it can blow out the peripheral ports. The model number is SCPH10020.
Dual Shock 2 controllers (if you can find them) are still expensive in stores. Typically $25 – $30. Licensed model number is SCPH10010.
Games came in two formats: silver and blue back. Silver are DVD’s, Blue’s are CDs. There is no real difference between the two except the storage size and color. This normally makes no difference, unless you have a system that won’t read games. If the system can read one format and not the other just consider it broken. No amount of internet instruction is worth the hassle to attempt to ‘adjust the laser’ or any other ridiculous crap. Hundreds of millions of systems were sold so you should be able to find a replacement working system cheap.
On a side note about games, black backs are also CD’s and are PS1 games.
Your game collecting should be entirely a matter of preference. Like most consoles the sports games are traditionally super cheap, and the RPG’s (the good ones at least) tend to be worth more. Greatest hits titles are usually cheaper then the original release (PS2 Greatest Hits will have a Red marking at the top of the label indicating its a Greatest Hits).
In closing I have one more thing to mention. If you’re curious about the least expensive game for the PS2 its Gran Turismo 3. Though this guide rates it at around a buck, the previous two Black Fridays Gamestop unloaded the game for $2 or less!
For the PlayStation 2 price guide click here: http://www.videogamepriceguides.com/blog/sony/sony-playstation-2-ps2/