Stepping Selection for PlayStation 2
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In the context of the PlayStation 2, stepping selection typically refers to choosing which version of the console’s hardware to purchase.
The PlayStation 2 went through several hardware revisions during its lifespan, each with different features and capabilities. The most notable versions are:
- The original “fat” PS2 (SCPH-10000 to SCPH-39000), which was released in 2000 and had a built-in hard drive bay, support for PS1 and PS2 games, and optional support for online play via a separate network adapter.
- The “slim” PS2 (SCPH-70000 to SCPH-90000), which was released in 2004 and had a smaller, more compact design, removed the hard drive bay, but still supported PS1 and PS2 games and online play via a built-in Ethernet port.
- The PS2 “slimline” (SCPH-79000), which was released in 2007 and was essentially a minor revision of the SCPH-70000, with a few tweaks to the internal hardware for improved reliability.
In terms of performance and features, all three versions of the PS2 are fairly similar, and most games should run on all of them without issue. However, there are some differences to consider when choosing which version to buy:
- If you want the ability to use a hard drive for game saves or to install games, you’ll need to get one of the original “fat” PS2 models.
- If space is an issue, or if you prefer a smaller form factor, the “slim” PS2 or the “slimline” PS2 may be a better choice.
- The later versions of the PS2 tend to be more reliable and have a lower chance of experiencing hardware failures. If you’re buying a used console, it may be worth looking for one of the later models.
Ultimately, the decision of which version of the PS2 to buy will depend on your personal preferences and needs.