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

Friggin’ hell! That sounds brilliant. Why have I never heard of this amazing PS2 feature befor…

Oh, you mean the utterly dreadful PlayStation 2/digital recorder hybrid that was the ‘only released in Japan for a reason’ PSX? Yeah, we should probably just swiftly move past this entry, visionary as the tele box-recording abomination was.

On second thoughts, the PSX was the first Sony machine to incorporate the XMB. And everyone loves the XMB, yeah? Hello?


Above: Ah, screw you. Thumbs up businessman from Google Images likes a bit of Cross Media Bar action

You bet your sweet ass it was. Wait, what? Alright, we better backtrack on this one. By far the most visionary thing the PS2 was the first console to do, was the fact it symbolised the core components of existence. Woah, don’t navigate away just yet. We’ve only gone slightly mental.According to Shuji Hiramatsu, designer of the PS3, the key ideas behind the PS2 were "the universe, the Earth and life".

Shuji says: “The black slate colour, the PS2 logo, and the blue graduation in the stand conjured up images of limitless life, from where new content such as DVDs and games would emerge.” Haynes Video Game Manual backs this up by stating: “The black casing and distinctive green (power) and blue (eject) LED function lights are part of a design ethic meant to represent universe, Earth and life.” Shit, if a book says it, it’s got to be true.

So in summary…

The PS2 being black represents the universe.

The green light on the reset button represents the Earth.

And, apparently,the blue LED on the eject button represents the joyous miracle of life.

Bet you can’t say that about your precious Dreamcast, eh? What does that represent, apart from horrible financial failure? Damn, that was harsh. We’re sorry Shenmue, please forgive us. Wait come back. We didn’t mean it!

Oct 18, 2010

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Honestly, they were never that great in the first place