Hello Ladies & Gents,
I saw a few comments regarding the PlayStation 2 and if it can be deemed retro yet. It came about in discussion about the order of our site and how the Nintendo Age Sister-site has more appeal for more console being retro, many seemd to agree he PS1 has reached the status, but some were on the fence in regards to the PlayStation 2. So I thought It would be an interesting discussion!
Personally, I believe the PlayStation 2 has reached it's time to be authorised as Retro A time-gap of 15 years widely separate it from current generation gamers - referring to Kids more so than us Also, it sort of feels like the matters of the times have faded too, the conflict with the Dreamcast and coming out ontop a huge landmark. Using the Dreamcast is an interesting comparison, as that console ceased production in 2001, which was just the beginnings of the PS2's vast and very long generation cycle. You could say it went onto 2014 with FIFA 14, but I think if we're being honest it really started to finish around 2007-08, with games like Persona 4 and Yakuza 2. (Name me any important exclusive after 2008 if you can! ) But this generation cycle is important, as the Dreamcast does feel much older in comparison from it sunken ship We also got the Xbox 360 & Wii earlier than the PS3, the original Xbox barely had anything going for it when the 360 arrived, but most of us were still busy with our PS2's when the PS3 was released - I got mine in 2007! I think due to this extreme length of the PS2 generation it does seem more present than Xbox & the Gamecube.
But I think when it boils down to it, the biggest deciding factor is the technical capabilities of the PS2, being a console that is in standard definition it does fall short of our 1080p HD standards of today, I think the first batch of PS3's with backawards compatibility also helped keep PS2 games more relevant, but that sadly was cut out from later more reliable models of the PS3. But play a PS2 on a HD is horrendous, I have mad this case time and time again on here and still stand by it.
Another key factors are re-releases. We got many HD Remasters of PS2 games on PS3 & Now on the PS4 Store you can download PS2 games. When I first saw this section on the PS4, that is when it really felt like them games met that retro criteria - Here being a section for people to experience older games anew on HD consoles. I know the PS3 did this, but getting PS2 compatibility was a big deal on the PS4, we all wanted our discs to be playable but we got shafted with downloadable titles again - Better than nothing... if converted to widescreen - Which in itself is another sign on the times, even though the PS2 was of the DVD era with Widescreen TV becoming a thing not many games utilised it - not even Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3!
I also wonder if the price of PS2 games is part of the reason why collectors might not deem it retro... as of now you can still find the majority of PS2 games cheap. While old carts of NES games go for a fortune, but SNES the successor to the NES is also considered Retro, so I don't see how the PS2 can't be considered Retro now, many titles reaching 15 years of age.
Thoughts? I am interested to see what you guys think on the matter.