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Modder creates PIS2 functioning handheld game console by combining PlayStation 2 parts with Raspberry Pi 2 power

The PIS2 handheld game console offers smooth full motion video playback. (Image source: Reddit/Darkwing)
The PIS2 handheld game console offers smooth full motion video playback. (Image source: Reddit/Darkwing)
A dedicated modder has managed to create a working portable game console by utilizing the motherboard from a slimline PlayStation 2 in conjunction with the capabilities of a Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer. Although it has taken a long time to build the device, the end product has been shown offering impressive results in a video shared on YouTube.

The PlayStation 2 was a remarkably popular game console; in fact it is apparently the best-selling game console ever made. But it was only a matter of time before the beloved device had to make way for the PlayStation 3. However, that doesn’t mean the PS2 is dead and buried, especially when there are modders like Darkwing around who are intent on keeping the Sony console alive, albeit in a much-revised form.

By combining parts from a PS2 with the power of a Raspberry Pi 2, Darkwing has turned a labor of love into the functioning handheld game console that is currently known as the “PIS2” (the name might need some tweaking yet). The PIS2 stars in a video clip in full gaming mode, with the Raspberry Pi 2 SBC acting as an SMB server so that games can be loaded via the Ethernet port. The VGA screen displays the graphics faithfully, with the modder claiming games run at almost full speed.

It’s an impressive feat, and the PS2-based portable console itself looks pretty good considering it hasn’t had millions of R&D dollars pumped into it. Fellow redditors have heaped praise on the result of Darkwing’s dedication, with a great photo of the PIS2 featuring Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne heading the thread. As for additional details, the creator states it’s as wide as a Nintendo Switch, offers around 90 minutes of gameplay, and it is definitely not an emulator.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-09- 8 (Update: 2019-09- 8)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.