Sony PS2

The Good Sleek; lots of good games; DVD movie playback.

The Bad Still waiting for hard drive peripheral; Xbox's graphic capabilites are superior; only two controller ports.

The Bottom Line The elder statesman of next generation consoles, the PlayStation 2 has the luxury of a year's head start and many solid games.

Editors' Rating
7.3 Overall

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Sony PS2

Editors' Note: This product has been replaced by an updated, slimmer PlayStation 2 design, as well as the newer PlayStation 3.

With a year's head start on Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's GameCube, the PS2 platform has one big advantage over the competition: a greater selection of quality games, though the gap is quickly narrowing, particularly with the Xbox. On top of that, it doubles as a DVD player right out of the box and offers online gaming to both broadband and dial-up users via its Online Adaptor accessory. So while it may not be the newest or the most powerful system, it's certainly a safe bet.

Home-theater flexibility

The PlayStation 2 can stand on its side or lie flat to fit any space. And once it is installed into your home theater, you'll be treated to a reasonably sharp picture and high-quality sound. The PlayStation 2, like every other console, has a composite A/V cord in the box, which you use to connect the console to your TV. However, S-Video and component-video connectors are also available separately if you'd like to improve the picture quality. For surround-sound audio, there's a built-in optical digital audio jack. With recent graphics library updates, the PS2 will soon support HDTV resolutions and 16:9 wide-screen setting as the Xbox does. One of the first games to take advantage of this higher resolution: Namco's Tekken 4, which looks utterly amazing. Its graphics are even a worthy rival to those of the Xbox's Dead or Alive 3.

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