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ON THIS DAY, 2000...

On the 24th November 2000, the PlayStation 2 (PS2) was launched in Europe. The PS2 is a home video game console developed and produced by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was one of the best-selling gaming consoles of all time. The PS2 had a significant impact on the gaming industry and played a crucial role in popularising DVD technology.

Some key features:

* Launch Date: The PlayStation 2 was released on March 4, 2000, in Japan, October 26, 2000, in North America, November 24, 2000, in Europe, and November 30, 2000, in Australia.

* Hardware Specifications:

CPU: Emotion Engine (EE) at 294.912 MHz

Graphics Processor: Graphics Synthesizer (GS) at 147.456 MHz

Memory: 32 MB RAM

Storage: DVD-ROM drive (reads DVDs and CDs)

Ports: USB, IEEE 1394 (FireWire), Ethernet, and others

* Controller: The PS2 introduced the DualShock 2 controller, which was an upgraded version of the original DualShock controller from the PlayStation.

* Games: The PS2 had a vast library of games across various genres. Some of the most popular and iconic games for the PS2 include Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Final Fantasy X, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, God of War, and many more.

* Backward Compatibility: The PS2 was backward compatible with the original PlayStation's games, allowing users to play their existing PS1 game library on the new console.

* Online Play: The PS2 featured an optional network adapter for online gaming, enabling players to connect

to the internet and play multiplayer games.

* Sales Success: The PlayStation 2 is one of the best-selling game consoles in history, with over 155 million units sold worldwide.

* Legacy: The PS2 had a long life cycle, remaining in production until January 4, 2013. It left a lasting impact on the gaming industry and set the stage for the success of its successor, the PlayStation 3.

Even though the PlayStation 2 has been succeeded by newer consoles, it still holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers for its extensive game library and contributions to the gaming industry.


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