The Top 7… things you didn't realise the PS2 did first

The PS2 was a pioneering machine. It was the first console that allowed you to play those sexy-ass digital versatile disc thangs. And, it was of course, the very first video game box of tricks (that you couldn't fit in your pocket) to be backwards compatible. Frankly, though, that stuff has been written about more than plucky, sun-deprived South American miners. That’s why we’re shining the light on some of the other breakthrough features of the PS2 that deserve some orangutan lovin', to coincide with the fact the console was released almost a decade ago (give or take a week) in the States.

Above: Just look at all the swell, pioneering stuff the PS2 did for consoles

So buckle up, kids, as we take you on a journey of visionary vertical stands, sensitive buttons and horribly convoluted pre-order systems. Where we’re going, we don’t need road… eh, horizontal consoles.

7. It was the first console that worked horizontally or vertically

Fourscore and a number of years ago we can’t remember, consoles worked exactly one way: sat down on their fat asses. Unless you wanted chewed up discs or a snapped cartridge, you couldn’t place them on their side and hope the entertaining video game product placed within their innards would work. Thankfully, these dark days came to an end when some enterprising Sony boffin realised all the best things work standing up.

Above: There was quite a lot of dead space in this image, so we shunted in Kaz Hirai for the hell of it

Like man’s apey ancestors finally managing to stand erect <insert schoolgirl titters>, the PlayStation 2 being able to stand vertically and still work was a momentous day in the history of game consoles. Ever the thoughtful ‘probably only semi evil multi million dollar conglomerate’, Sony even gave gamers the chance to buy handsome vertical stands. This allowed others to know that you played your PS2 upright, and you were proud of it, DAMMIT!

Without the groundbreaking 90 degree-taming technology Sony pioneered with the PS2 (which we may be making up), there’s every chance that people would be playing Wiis, 360s and PS3s with the machines placed in the aforementioned fat ass position only. God, can you imagine such a soul-destroying horizontal world?

6. The PS2 was the first console to sell more units than David Bowie's sold records

Sony’s baby has sold over 145 million units. In comparison, the Goblin King has only sold around 140 million records. And that makes the King’s junk angry.

It also makes former Sony CEO Ken Kutaragi’s diamond-encrusted wallet happy. So much so, he even went out and rewarded himself with a rather spiffy Hawaiian shirt. 

Above: We totally would

The only other machine to come close to the PS2’s all consuming sales figures is the DS, which has shifted nearly 130 million handhelds. To give your eyeballs some further context to wade in, Sega’s little console that could (some of you may know it as the Dreamcast), could only sell a little over 10 million. In fact, add the total sales figures for every console Sega has ever made, and you wouldn’t even come close to the amount of machines Sony managed to cram into living rooms/bedrooms/underground sex dungeons across the globe.

To put it in easy to understand pictorial form, it means Crash Bandicoot could buy and sell Sonic’s sorry, bin-scanning ass any day of the week.

Above: A mansion in Beverly Hills, you say? I'll take fourteen

Chin up, hedgehog. At least you’ve got your health. And Oscar the Grouch’s tight embrace to keep you warm during those long winter nights.

Above: We hear Oscar's a hugger


  • Ravenbom - October 28, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    What a faptastic "miracle of life" pic choice.
  • RIPCURL - October 23, 2010 1:58 a.m.

  • cheater508 - October 22, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    I had a Super Nintendo, then a PS2 I loved my PS2 and was going to get the PS3 but i got Xbox 360 and i love it even more
  • Thequestion 121 - October 22, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    Great article.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - October 20, 2010 10:38 p.m.

    I can see my house from this article!
  • R3DRUN - October 19, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Thanks, now I got the picture of the miracle of life burned into my skull.
  • philipshaw - October 19, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    I completely forgot about the pre-order thing until you brought it up. I remember my dad having to fill it out and not having a clue what to do. I still got a PS2 day one
  • Rowdie - October 19, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    Not to question Radar's authority on the subject, but I have to mention... 7. Every cart based console worked in any orientation. A kid in my freshman dorm attached his genesis to the side of tv stand, because the stereo took up all the room in the cabinet. It worked just fine. 5. Pressure sensitive buttons; I think that's right but they sucked, how about the click sticks? Those are actually useful and I beleive the dual shock 2 was the first controller to feature them. Although I don't recall them getting much support. 4. Redesigned the redesign; maybe this isn't enough redesigning but Genesis, Genesis without the headphone jack and volume control, Genesis 3. ?? If that's not enough can I get some credit for the cdx as well? Nomad = redesigned genesis?
  • SonicofBoom - October 19, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    looking at the cow pic, at first i was like "what the..." Then i was like "OH!...AW, COME ON!"
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - October 19, 2010 5:07 p.m.

    Seeing as there are still Game of the year quality games coming out in 2010 for PS2 ( Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow) I would say PS2 is not retro at all but a forgotten current gen (kinda) system as well.
  • AlpineGuy - October 19, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    The images really sold this article. Also, cow birth WTF?
  • MattMk2 - October 19, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    Damn It, I really miss my PS2. Stupid Idiot I am traded it at EB Games for Fucking F.E.A.R on 360. I fucking hated FEAR, and every day I miss my good old PS2. Sure I've got its sexy big sister, but Ill never forget those good old days.
  • kor2disturbed - October 19, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    Wait if the PS2 is the universe does that mean it's God as well? Cause that be badass as hell.
  • g4m3rk1dd - October 19, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    i hate you for that last picture...
  • jmcgrotty - October 19, 2010 7:55 a.m.

    I am pretty pissed right now. Doesn't anyone remember that at the time of it's release, the blue LED was a big deal (At least the reprint of the PSM article referenced it)?? I know it was discussed in point #1, but it needed a whole category of it's own. And, you really can't bring up the horizontal/vertical situation without mentioning the spinning playstation logo on the front. So that even when you did change the orientation, the logo faced the right direction. And while I am too lazy to go back and see who said it, I wouldn't consider the ColecoVision to be "backwards compatible" with the Atari 2600. I actually had it, and since they were different companies, I would consider it to be horizontally compatible. Or, considering the superiority of the ColecoVision, maybe diagonally compatible.
  • 435 - October 19, 2010 6:10 a.m.

  • nightasasin - October 19, 2010 5 a.m.

    I dont know if I really needed to see that last picture...
  • lovinmyps3 - October 19, 2010 4:01 a.m.

    The PS2 slim was such a piece of shit. So much overheating. Mine lasted about a month. I love the PS2 though, my 10 year old original still works to this day!
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 19, 2010 3:57 a.m.

    *SMACK* i TOLD YOU! we never talk about the PSX!! it never happened!
  • secretsearcher - October 19, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    Three things: 1) that last picture? TMI 2) block the fucking advertisers, please 3) the rest of the article was great. I love the PS2 :)

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