What is the difference between the "thick" PS2 and slim PS2?

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  1. kabunaru Guest

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    I have a "thick" PS2 and my friend has a slim aluminium-coloured PS2. I asked him what the difference is between them besides size and he said that the slim PS2 has slightly better graphics but runs hotter. Is this true? :confused: I am curious and always wondered what difference was between the two different PS2s besides size.
     
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    The main difference that I saw when I bought the thin one was the built in modem and USB ports. I think the fatter one needs an adaptor for the modem.

    The thinner one is much newer since it debuted about three years or so after the first one.
     
  3. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    Well, my friend also said his slim PS2 freezes a lot too and gets very hot. He said it's a piece of crap and said that the "thick" PS2 is better.
     
  4. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Oh yeah, well my friend says his old PS2 is garbage because it's just fat and isn't as new as the thin one. :p So there.

    Seriously though, it's not the case with the newer one. It runs just as fine as the older one and I have had both and used both religiously when I was a heavy console gamer.

    p.s. I was joking with the first comment
     
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    Other than the built in Ethernet on the thin one, there isn't really a difference. Mind you, you wont be able to put a 3.5" HDD in the thin one, but it looks a little cooler.
     
  6. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    I didn't think that the PS2 took HDDs ??? :confused:

    Very extremely new to me.

    Also, I don't know if Sony still sells the larger/older PS2. I only see the slim one in white and black on their site.
     
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    The larger PS2 does have a HDD add-on, for a final fantasy game I believe.

    But, at least for the modding community, the HDD allows you (like a regular XBOX) to run your games from the HDD, eliminating load times and wear on the laser.

    Speaking of lasers...all PS2 models have laser issues and eventually burn out. Some revisions are better than others, but Ive yet to read a 100% positive experience with a PS2, thick or slim.
     
  8. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    I am happy with my PS2. :)
    I did open up my PS2 to clean the dust out because it kept freezing from dust. :eek:
    Other than that, it's a well built machine.

    I have another question...
    Does a slim PS2 even have a fan? I heard it doesn't.
     
  9. evan g macrumors regular

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    My fat PS2 is most likely older than time and space itself :p and I have never had it freeze up on me or nothin'. Although I know I probably shouldn't I still leave it on while I go away so I can just pick up where I left off, it still hasn't given me any problems. My friend has a slim PS2 and he's the one telling me to turn my PS2 off when I leave the house. He says his only lasts for two hours.
     
  10. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    The "thick" PS2 is the best out of all PS2s. It has the proper cooling from all that thickness so it doesn't get hot.
    The slimmer/thinner it is, the hotter it gets. :rolleyes:
     
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    :rolleyes: right there is where i woulda just walked away, graphics come down to the games, even if there was better hardware, there wouldnt be any significant boost to already exsisting games.
     
  12. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    I heard the PS3 makes PS2 games look better. :rolleyes:
     
  13. evan g macrumors regular

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    Last time I checked, they make the game run smoother, but not necessarily better looking. Sony is still working on that. But only the 80GB PS3 can do that, and for those of you who managed to pick up a 60GB PS3 before they ran out. I have a 40GB so as much as I am worried about those problems, I don't have to deal with them. After all, I would never sell my PS2 anyway. :)
     
  14. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    I have a 60GB (with a upgraded 320GB drive). The PS3 does make PS2 games look better, it does more than make them run smoother. It upscales them to 1080p, while it makes it looks about as "better" as a DVD being upscaled it is a vast improvement over using a regular PS2.
     
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    This isn't true, but it appears that you are just stating an opinion. I have had both and neither get that much hotter than the other.
     
  16. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    Then I guess my friend's slim PS2 is faulty...
     
  17. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    The most reasonable conclusion indeed.
     
  18. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    Which PS2 do you like better? The "thick" one or the slim? Also, why?
     
  19. evan g macrumors regular

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    Does it really matter? I mean say if somebody was getting advice on what sort of PS2 to buy from this thread, they would only be able to buy the thin, since the thick isn't sold in stores anymore. I say enjoy your PS2 till the end of it's days. :)
     
  20. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    And you enjoy your PS3. :)
     
  21. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

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    I have to agree with those who said that the slim PS2 tends to lock up more than original. I never had any problems with my old PS2 until I finally started getting a disc read error after having it for 3 years or so, but ever since I got my slim PS2 I have dealt with sporadic lock ups.
     
  22. kabunaru thread starter Guest

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    Did you wipe off the dust off the laser? I did that and my PS2 started working again normally.

    As for the Slim PS2, I guess my friend isn't the only one then...
     
  23. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    They were practically the same. I would have to put money on the slim one for the "fit anywhere" ability of it. The fat one didn't look as weird when two or more controllers were attached to it.

    Any flaws that may be in the second one were no doubt in the first. There aren't any cooling issues or laser issues with either one that i have experienced. Unless you drop it or something.
     
  24. Ps2Nut macrumors newbie

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    forget off and on again, take it apart and put it back together!

    One thing ive found out about the fat PS2 is that if there's a problem that wont stop, then stop turning it off and on again. Take it apart! i got mine at a garage sale two or three years ago. it was simply the system and the cords, ten bucks, and the only problem was that gate for the disc tray was missing. the first year and a half i had it, the tray would occasionally get stuck while trying to open. then it got stuck once, and wouldnt open no matter what. so what did i do?
    well, i couldnt find the screws to take it apart, i almost pried it open with a hammer to get my game, which was worth more to me than an old 10$ system, but a friend of mine found the screws. i took it apart and put it back together again about six times (funny story on the reason why...) and its never gotten stuck again. ever. runs a bit better too. amazing. to this day its the only thing that ive taken apart that ive gotten back together and working. lucky me! (though i will never try my luck with any other system)
     

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