PS2 or XBox?

By young&wild · 24 replies
Oct 23, 2003
  1. My siblings and I are planning to shop for a game console which also will be our standalone DVD player for the family. We are stuck, and don't know which to choose. T

    Anyway, i just need to get some ideas from you guys. I hope all of them will be unbiased and also honest opinions which i m pretty sure everyone is capable of giving. Remember, no flamming each other.

    Thanks a million!:grinthumb
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    They both have established main titles now and really the Xbox is newer technology so I would be tempted. The only thing that bugs me is that I have a reasonably decent PC, I don't want to buy a slow HD, Celeron733 GF3 1/2 PC in a little black box which suffers GSOD (green or blue screen of death). I almost bought one second hand with a load of games but that was only because of the exceptionally low price I was offered it for. I like the PS2 as it tends to have different titles from the PC the majority of the time, whereas a lot more of the major titles on Xbox seem to be cross over titles. Just my view on it. I may be wrong, at least its not as bad as the N64 was with Doom64, thisThatandTheOther64 titles...

    If you plan on getting Dolby out of your PS2 you really need to get an optical cable for the output and feed it to a speaker system or home cinema amp. Whilst the Xbox in my limited experience seems to have better options for video and audio output (RGB component out for video out available as a separate kit).
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    A couple of other things to keep in mind:

    1.) You will need to buy the DVD kit to play DVDs on your X-Box
    2.) The PS2 will drop to $99 in November
    3.) The X-Box is newer technology than the others, and it's starting to get some really decent games.
    4.) X-Box already has integrated 10/100 networking. You have to buy a network kit for the PS2

    To be honest, I'd get the X-Box with the DVD kit - I have both and I really only use my PS2 for RPGs and Tekken 4.
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    PS2's have had serious failure rates with many units dieing (blue-screened when trying to play discs) after just over a year's use. There was a consumer program that brought this issue to light in the uk, as many users were unhappy because their units would pack in just outside of warranty. I don't own a PS2, so I can't say if Sony managed to fix the problem, but at the time they denied all knowledge of it. Something to think about.
  5. DLx/P

    DLx/P TS Rookie Posts: 99

    I would opt for the X-Box. Like LNC said one draw back is you have to buy the DVD kit to go with it. I think before I buy the kit for the x-box, I would just buy a separate DVD player. But that may be just me, I like having separate components. Kinda like the printer, fax, copier combo I had once. One thing takes a dump and the whole thing is down.

    Also there are several mod chips for the xbox. I had a PS1 that I put mod chips in. I don't know really if there are any for the PS2 though.

    And if you can't get halo to play well on your home PC, xbox does a fine job!!!:grinthumb
  6. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    Huh? Your talking about needing the Xbox remote control right? That's all I had to have.

    YnW, go for the Xbox ;-).
  7. DLx/P

    DLx/P TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Maybe yours had the DVD already installed?? Mine did not come with the DVD nor did my brother-in-laws. I always heard that you must buy it separate.
  8. conradguerrero

    conradguerrero TS Rookie Posts: 310

    well i have had a ps2 for a long time (3 years?) and its never given me any problems
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I've had my PS2 since European launch. Never had a problem.
  10. Ryan

    Ryan TS Rookie

    i've had all 3 systems, i sold my x-box because it didnt have many games the other systems didnt have already. i like the xbox but i didnt like the choice of games on it. if you like your RPGs and good platform games pick the ps2. my friends like the xbox for the sports titles, mainly because the graphics are better.
  11. Soap

    Soap TS Rookie Posts: 72

    a few things.

    -yes you will need to buy a DVD kit to play DVDs on your X-Box (a remote control with a sensor thing to plug into a controller port)

    -someone above said that the PS2 will drop to $99 in November assuming this is correct xbox will also drop to $99 along with it. so that wont make a difference cost wise.

    -The X-Box is starting to get some good games and has along wit the newer tech. comes the better graphics.

    - you dont have to buy a memory card with an xbox unless you want to take the saved stuff to a mates place.

    -X-Box already has integrated 10/100 networking. You have to buy a network kit for the PS2

    -XBOX Live! (not sure if the ps2 has anything to compete with that.)

    i myself went for the xbox i played a few games on ps2 and didnt impress me and now most games come out on both systems and the xbox has its xbox exclusive games.
  12. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    You mean the remote/sensor right?
  13. DLx/P

    DLx/P TS Rookie Posts: 99

    I guess. I have never really looked into what it exactly is since I have a separate DVD on my home stereo. Always assumed it was just a separate drive.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Are you sure? The GameCube dropped to $99, and PS2 and XBox haven't, now if the PS2 dropping is true then there is still a lag behind that from when the gamecube dropped, so why do you think XBox will drop at the same time?
  15. munch12

    munch12 TS Rookie


    ps2 is the daddy, not only r the ps2 titles un-beatable but the x/box needs add ons to run dvd's already mentioned above, and ps2 runs them with j-pad controls with out problems( no need 2 buy r/controls), and can run multi-region dvd's vcd's at a minimmum cost at local computer fairs, if u know what to ask 4(chips/flip tops)::p
  16. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    the xbox has better sound and graphics (true 5.1 surround sound in all games).

    the ps2 has alot of games you cant get on the xbox or pc, and can play the entire back catalogue of ps1 games.

    in britain tho, sony have sqeezed every last penny out of the ps2 owner, and for that i'd opt for xbox anyway.

    cant believe how much sony have been charging for a 4 yr old console.
  17. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    im in the same boat as you, i;ve been asking everyone i kno for about a month and i have got mixed results. i never knew it was so hard to choose a game console. also, if i purchase a ps2 or xbox in hong kong, would i need to purchase a mod chip in order to use it in canada? if so how much are they?
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Both of those are still $179, maybe I'm wrong but I don't see them dropping $80 in the span of 1.5 months.
  19. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 163

    I think what you need to take into account before buying a games console is the amount of people using it. One of the main disadvantages of the PS2 is that it only has 2 controller ports as the X-BOX has 4.

    A huge rip-off on the PS2's is the memory sticks. I mean how
    much do you have to pay for a stupid small memory stick......£8? The X-BOX has a built in hard-drive. And the beauty of it is that they both cost the same price!!

    I once had a PS2 and it never played the games to the pure cutting edge of the X-BOX so I full recommend an X-BOX.The games are so good now that I personally think that the PS2 titles suck.
  20. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    -PS2 dvd playback is atrocious- no progressive scan, no 5.1 audio.
    -XBox dvd playback is excellent- and it has realtime 5.1 for dvd and real-time gaming positional audio as well as HDTV support in most games not a very few like ps2
    -and it has a hard drive to operate as a music server

    The debate is long over as to what is the better machine- Xbox wins hands down with the quality of the hardware. Now if you have the time to play 400 games a year you might consider a ps2. I have about 20 games for Xbox and still find that Halo is always in when I turn it on.
  21. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 163

    Hell yeah!

    Dam Straight Man, I'm with you all the way!

    I've been playing Halo since the day it came out, in fact I don't think the CD has ever tasted a breath of fresh air in years!
  22. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    ps2 has tons of execellent titels, and will be getting more.

    keep in mind, you have to pay a monthly fee to play games online with xbox - you dont with PS2, its the $40 for the network adapter, and thats it

    I would without a doubt go with the PS2 ;)

    The XBOX controller yucky, and it has few good games. More good games are coming but I think PS2 has a fantastic game for every genre.
  23. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

    The Xbox Controller S is probably one of the nicer controllers; I prefer the GC controller over any because it contours to my hands whereas the PS2 controller seems to just kinda stick out. I think the whole thing is just opinion at this point. Choose whichever you want.
  24. InsaneMonkeyBoy

    InsaneMonkeyBoy TS Rookie Posts: 163

    yeh i suppose you're right but you can get adapters to change from X-BOX controllers to PS2 controllers.

    I personally reckon the PS2 controllers are too small and plain as the XBOX feel comfortable and have better buttons to getaround with. Especially the analog joysticks, they're placed better on the X-BOX controllers than the PS2.
  25. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    $4 a month is a pittance for XBox live because it has DEDICATED servers and requires you to have broadband- which as any of the pc gamers will tell you is the only way to go.

    Xbox is without a doubt the choice of the descerning gamer.
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