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The PiS2 is the portable PS2 that you've always dreamed of

A PS2 and Raspberry Pi can make for a potent combination

The PiS2 is the portable PS2 that you've always dreamed of

The PiS2 is the portable PS2 that you've always dreamed of

A console modder called Darkwing Mod has recently posted a video to showcase his latest creation, a homemade PS2 portable, complete with a built-in library of games. 

Meet the PiS2, a portable PlayStation 2 console that comes with a Raspberry Pi SMB server enabling games to be played on the console without a DVD drive. The console is said to run without external power for around 1 hour and 15 minutes, with the console giving players around 20 minutes of warning before shutting down. This warning comes when the system's battery voltage output drops below 6.5V. 

The system loads games over an ethernet port on a Raspberry Pi 2, which is able to run "99% of games running at full speed and smooth FMV". The system runs using Free MCboot, a method for modding PS2 consoles using an exploited memory card. 

Yes, this console uses real PS2 hardware. No emulation is required here. This should help explain the portable console's low battery life, as well as the system's ability to seeming run 99% of games without any issues. This project took several years to complete, having been restarted in 2017 after a lengthy 4-year gap in the console's development. One other factor that's worth noting is that this console also supports TV outputs, offer Switch-like Portable and Television modes. 

A lengthy build log for the console's development is available on the bitbuilt.net forums, and a video showcasing the build is available below. 
   

 

You can join the discussion on Darkwing Mod's PiS2 Portable console on the OC3D Forums

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11-09-2019, 10:59:35

AlienALX
Do want. Been looking for a portable retro for a while now but most don't do what I want.Quote

11-09-2019, 16:03:47

demonking
Awesome!
If only Sony would do something like this.
redesign that chip on a newer process node for better efficiency, bigger and better battery and preloaded with say 40 games whilst being able to download more from a web based store.
If they really wanted to be smart about it integrate modern needs (web browser, Wifi, Camera ect) they could make a killing. I'd certainly pay good money for one.Quote

11-09-2019, 16:32:47

WYP
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Originally Posted by demonking View Post
Awesome!
If only Sony would do something like this.
redesign that chip on a newer process node for better efficiency, bigger and better battery and preloaded with say 40 games whilst being able to download more from a web based store.
If they really wanted to be smart about it integrate modern needs (web browser, Wifi, Camera ect) they could make a killing. I'd certainly pay good money for one.
IDK, but I think making the old PS2 chips on a newer process would be a very difficult task. There is a reason why the mini console emulate or use FPGAs.

Purpose designing a chip for such a niche market must be too expensive for the big console companies to consider properly.

As much as I'd love to see it happen, I think the closest that we will see is Sony doing a Microsoft and making the PS5 a great emulator for their previous platforms.Quote

11-09-2019, 17:03:57

tgrech
Sony has kinda toyed with hardware "emulation" a little, they did include the PS2's Emotion engine chip in original PS3 models but that was very short lived not even making it to the 80GB fat PS3. Meanwhile their custom servers for PS Now are basically 1U single motherboard racks with 8 PS3's worth of processing hardware on them, though it's unlikely they modified the Cell chip or RSX GPU.

Another reason they haven't die shrunk any hardware for any of these projects probably has to do with the fact PS2's Emotion engine was a 15W chip from the off anyway, while the PS3's Cell CPU and RSX GPU had 45 and 40nm shrinks in its lifetime already that brought the consumption down a lot from the 90nm originals.Quote

11-09-2019, 18:48:52

WYP
There is a PS2 Emulator for PS4, but it isn't great. Got to replay the Jak and Daxter trilogy on PS4, but performance was far from stable. Lots of framerate drops.

That said, I'm not sure how the originals performed anymore. To say the least my standards are much higher than they were in the PS2 era. All I can say is that even the PS4 Pro in boost mode had tonnes of performance dips.Quote
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