The PS2 has undergone many revisions, some only of internal construction and others involving substantial external changes. These are colloquially known among PS2 hardware hackers as V0, V1, V2, …, V18. Each region receives a different model number; for example, the V18 was released in NA as SCPH-90001, in AU as SCPH-90002, and in HK as SCPH-90006. The final digit is simply a region code and has no bearing on the hardware other than region lock-outs for games and DVDs, and language options within the system software.
The PS2 is primarily differentiated between models featuring the original “fat” case design and “slimline” models, which were introduced at the end of 2004.
An SCPH-30000 model with DualShock 2
Three of the original PS2 launch models (SCPH-10000, SCPH-15000, and SCPH-18000) were only sold in Japan, and lacked the expansion bay of current PS2 models. These models included a PCMCIA slot instead of the expansion bay port of newer models. SCPH-10000 and SCPH-15000 did not have a built-in DVD movie playback and instead relied on encrypted playback software that was copied to a memory card from an included CD-ROM. (Normally, the PS2 will only execute encrypted software from its memory card, but see PS2 Independence Exploit.) V3 had a substantially different internal structure from the subsequent revisions, featuring several interconnected printed circuit boards. As of V4 everything was unified into one board, except the power supply. V5 introduced minor internal changes, and the only difference between V6 (sometimes called V5.1) and V5 is the orientation of the Power/Reset switch board connector, which was reversed to prevent the use of no-solder modchips. V7 and V8 included only minor revisions to V6.
PlayStation 2 slimline
In September 2004, Sony unveiled its third major hardware revision (V12, model number SCPH-70000). Available in late October 2004, it is smaller, thinner, and quieter than the older versions and includes a built-in Ethernet port (in some markets it also has an integrated modem). Due to its thinner profile, it does not contain the 3.5″ expansion bay and therefore does not support the internal hard disk drive. It also lacks an internal power supply, similar to the GameCube, and has a modified Multitap expansion. The removal of the expansion bay has been criticized as a limitation due to the existence of titles such as Final Fantasy XI, which require the use of the HDD. The official PS2 Linux also requires an expansion bay to function. Currently only the modified Multitap is sold in stores, however these are also compatible with the older versions, and also added support for multiple memory cards on some games. Third-party connectors can be soldered into the unit giving hard drive support, however IDE connections were completely removed in the V14 revision, thereby eliminating this option. Certain mod chips enable the use of a USB hard drive or other mass storage device.
Later hardware revisions had better compatibility with PlayStation games (Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions operates on most silver models); however, the new Japanese slim models have more issues with playing PlayStation games than the first PS2 revisions.
In July 2007, Sony started shipping a revision of the slimline PlayStation 2 (SCPH-79000) featuring a reduced weight of 600 grams compared to 900 grams of the SCPH-77001 (with Expansion Bay), achieved through a reduction in parts. The unit also uses a smaller motherboard as well as a custom ASIC which houses the Emotion Engine, Graphics Synthesizer, and the RDRAM. The AC adaptor’s weight was also reduced to 250 grams from the 350 grams in the previous revision.
Another refinement of the slimline PlayStation 2 (SCPH-90000) was released in Japan on November 22, 2007, and in the US in late 2008. It featured an overhauled internal design that incorporates the power supply into the console itself, reducing total weight to 720 grams. SCPH-90000 series consoles manufactured after March 2008 incorporate a revised BIOS, which disables an exploit present in all older models that allowed homebrew applications to be launched from a memory card.
Using homebrew programs (e.g. ‘SMS Media Player’) it is possible to listen to various audio file formats (MP3, OMA, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, FLAC, AC3), and watch various video formats (DivX/XviD, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4-ASP in AVI Container) using the console. Media can be played from any device connected to the console i.e. external USB/Firewire thumb drive/hard disk (FAT32 only), the internal hard disk on early revision consoles, optical CD-R(W)/DVD±R(W) disks (modded systems or patched disks), or network shares (Windows Network or PS2 host: protocol).
hings you need to check before buyin a ModChip
To find out what kind of PS2 Mod chips are compatible with your system you have to determine what version is your Play Station.
10 Screws at base of PS2 Version 1, 2 and 3
USA SCPH 30001 Version 1 = Serial Number begins with U1 Date Code 0D
USA SCPH 30001 Version 2 = Serial Number begins with U0 Date Code 0D
USA SCPH 30001 Version 3 = Serial Number begins with U1 Date Code 1A
USA SCPH 30001 Version 3 = Serial Number begins with U2 Date Code 0D
8 Screws at base of PS2 Version 4,5 and Electrical warning stamped on the bottom
USA SCPH 30001 Version 4 = Serial Number begins with U0
USA SCPH 30001 Version 4 = Serial Number begins with U1
USA SCPH 30001 Version 4 = Serial Number begins with U2
USA SCPH 30001 Version 4 = Serial Number begins with U3
USA SCPH 30001 Version 4 = Serial Number begins with U4
USA SCPH 30001 Version 4 = Serial Number begins with U5
USA SCPH 35001 Version 4 = GT3 Edition
There are 3 Motherboards for the SCPH 30001R, Version 4, 5 and 6 (5 and 6 are the same)
USA SCPH 30001R Version 5 or 6 Motherboard see below to ID
USA SCPH 39001 Version 7
PS2 Verion v11
Only released in Europe. The model # is SCPH-50004 with a GH-027 or GH-029 board. Same board as v10 but console comes with a new laser unit.
DMS4 EZI Pro DMS4 EZI Lite DMS4 Pro DMS4 Pro SE DMS4 Lite SE Matrix Infinity Green Dot Matrix Infinity Crystal CC1.1 ModBo 2 DUO2 SE MagicV Plus 5k6 Apollo7 MarsIII Slide Card and Slide Card Pro will work on a v11
PS2 Verion v12
The new mini PS TWO SCPH-7000x
SCPH-70011 CB (for North America)
SCPH-70012 CB (for United States)
SCPH-70002 CB (for Oceania)
SCPH-70003 CB (for UK)
SCPH-70004 CB (for Europe)
SCPH-70000 CB (for Japan)
DMS4 Pro DMS4 Pro SE DMS4 Lite SE Matrix Infinity Green Dot Matrix Infinity Crystal CC1.1 ModBo 2 Magic Key II Set and Slim Kit Pro Set will work on a v12
PS2 Verion v13
SCPH-70001 (for North America)
The Warranty Sticker location has moved from the back and is now intentionally located directly over one of the (6) screws on the v13 underside.
Another major change includes the removal of the Phone Line from the back of the v13 console, however, the Network Line is still present for on-line gaming fortunately. Lastly, there is a small layout change around the Motor Driver IC of the PSTwo mainboard (now GH-032-XX), and the Laser Lens is number PVR-802W with the BiOS IC being number B1110A D1010U.
Click here for more info
SCPH-70004, 70003, 70002 (for PAL = EUROPE/AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL)
Mainboard is GH-032-13, Laser Lens is number SPU3170G and the BiOS IC is MX Brand B2110A D1010U.
Click here for more info
DMS4 Pro DMS4 Pro SE DMS4 Lite SE Matrix Infinity Green Dot Matrix Infinity Crystal CC1.1 ModBo 2 Magic Key II Set and Slim Kit Pro Set will work on a v13
PS2 Verion v14
Latest slim PS2 release.
SCPH-75001 (for North America)
The motherboard is a bit different from last SCPH-70011/70012/70001 versions.
Model Number: SCPH-75001 US, Console Version updated: v14, Main Board updated: GH-037-01, Laser Lens Number: PVR-802W, BiOS Part Number: B6120B D0020U, and DVD Control IC: SONY CXD 716080.
Click here for more info
SCPH-75004, 75003, 75002 (for PAL = EUROPE/AUSTRALIA/ISRAEL)