The PS2 had a difficult start. PS2 mod-chips sold Only a few million users had obtained consoles by the end of 2000 due to manufacturing delays. Developers also complained that it was difficult to develop for the system, with little in the way of reference material from Sony for its exotic architecture. The PS2 launch seemed unimpressive and gaffe-prone, compared to the well-planned launch of the Sega Dreamcast, which was making a genuine attempt to woo developers and which had better launch titles. Yet, the PS2 initially sold well solely on the basis of the strength of the PlayStation brand and its backwards compatibility, selling over 900,000 units in the first weekend in Japan. This allowed the PS2 to tap the large install base established by the PlayStation. Another major selling point over the Dreamcast was the PS2's ability to play DVDs, which gained it a presence in electronics stores which did not formerly sell video game consoles. Later, Sony gained steam with new development kits for game developers and more PlayStations for consumers. Download PS2 roms >
Although Sony PS2 mod chips placed little emphasis on online gaming during its first year, all that changed because of the launch of the online-capable Xbox. Not only did Sony roll out the PS2 online adapter in late 2002 to compete with Microsoft, several online launch games were first party titles such as SOCOM US Navy SEALS in order to show that Sony was supporting this feature actively. Sony also advertised heavily as well and it had the advantage of being supported by Electronic Arts. As a result, although Sony and Nintendo both started out late and although both followed a decentralized model of online gaming where the responsibility is up to the developer to provide the servers, Sony's efforts made PS2 online gaming a big success.
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The PS2 Independence Exploit opens up the possibility for running homebrew programs on an unmodified PlayStation 2. It relies on creating a deliberately incorrect entry inside the TITLE.DB file (which the PS2 normally uses as a simple database of special options to apply to specific old PS1 games for their correct operation) that triggers a buffer overflow and, combined with a small stub loader located inside the file, allows the running of unencrypted code from the memory card upon the insertion of a specific PSone game. Normally, only Sony-encrypted programs (such as the DVD player) will run from the memory card.
The TITLE.DB file is located under the directory BxDATA-SYSTEM, where x is the letter corresponding to the region the PS2 was sold on (i.e., BEDATA-SYSTEM for a European PS2).
The discovery of this vulnerability in the PS2's software opens up the possibility of running programs created by the PS2 homebrew developer community without the need for a modchip or CD-ROM swapping techniques. The exploit does require a way of installing the modified files, which may be copied onto a memory card using another PS2 (either modified or with the exploit installed), a memory card reader/writer, or using a CD-ROM swap technique. Also this exploit may be achieved by using a combination of HDAdvanced/HDLoader along with winhiip/hdl dumb to place an .ISO of a CD that is a FTP server which allows you to exploit your memory card via FTP from PC to PS2. The PS2 Independence Exploit does not work on newer Slim (V12) models, since the buffer overflow has been corrected.
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Many analysts predicted a close 3-way matchup between the PS2 and its soon-to-be-released competitors Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube, noting that the PS2's graphics were inferior but that it had the advantage of a head start, and had a wide assortment of games of every genre (Xbox's strength was in its hardware; GameCube was the cheapest of the 3 consoles). However, the release of several blockbuster games during the 2001 holiday season pushed the PS2 far in front even as the Xbox and GameCube made their impressive debuts.
The PlayStation brand's strength has lead to strong third-party support for the system. Although the launch titles for the PS2 were unimpressive in 2000, the holiday season of 2001 saw the release of several best-selling and critically acclaimed games. Those PS2 titles helped the PS2 maintain and extend its lead in the video game console market, despite increased competition from the launches of the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. Critically acclaimed games on the machine are the Grand Theft Auto and Final Fantasy series, the latest two Metal Gear Solid titles, all three Devil May Cry titles, the SSX series, latest three Ace Combat titles, the Square Enix/Disney collaboration Kingdom Hearts, and first-party Sony Computer Entertainment brands such as the Gran Turismo, SOCOM, Ratchet & Clank and Jak and Daxter series, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, God of War and the Everquest spin-offs Champions of Norrath and Champions: Return to Arms.