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A modder by the name of GingerOfOz has created a portable, handheld version of Sony’s iconic and best-selling PlayStation console, the PS2.

Dubbed the “PS2 Eclipse,” what’s notable about GingerOfOz’s console-turned-handheld is that it leverages some of the console’s actual hardware, such as a trimmed-down motherboard.

This means that the PS2 Eclipse can provide more of a genuine experience, running original PlayStation 2 titles in the way that they were intended without bugs, speed differences, and other oddities that may be introduced via emulation.

Some titles can stutter and load slowly due to the way the PS2 Eclipse runs games off of its USB drive, however.

The PS2 Eclipse features a 5-inch 480p 4:3 display, Nintendo Switch analog sticks, 3D-printed triggers, PS Vita buttons, and two battery cells allowing for around 2.5 hours of playtime.

The central feature of this build is the trimmed down PS2 motherboard, which lets up play our PS2 games at full speed. The information on how to cut up your own PS2 can be found in the Definitive PS2 Trimming Guide.

The screen used is a 5” 480p 4:3 display. The screen quality isn’t incredible, but it’s good enough. I used this screen because it’s a nice size, and because unlike a lot of other TFT displays, this one can understand the interlaced VGA signal from the PS2.

Source: GingerOfMods

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4 Comments

  1. Pretty awesome! A little late but still cool. Just the idea of the portable 128-bit CPU seems cool to me.

  2. Neat that they cut down a real PS2 board to fit in there…. but no optical drive so it has to be some kind of hacked/jailbroken PS2 to use ISOs… at that point why bother keeping the hardware real?

  3. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 39123, member: 297″]
    Neat that they cut down a real PS2 board to fit in there…. but no optical drive so it has to be some kind of hacked/jailbroken PS2 to use ISOs… at that point why bother keeping the hardware real?
    [/QUOTE]
    So there are none of the emulation bugs. The flipside is that the hack to run things off of the USB introduced stutters. Furthermore, he had to use hacks to implement the switch joycons and some games had issues with it. Overall I still think it was pretty impressive what he accomplished. I wouldn’t mind having one.

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