GingerOfOz, the console modder you might remember from their excellent Game Boy-sized portable Wii, is back with another home console that has gone portable. This time it’s the turn of the PS2, objectively the best console ever made and the one that happens to be the first I have ever owned.
Dubbed “PS2 Eclipse”, the mod involved slicing up an original PS2 motherboard and packing it in a 3D printed chassis with a set of PlayStation Vita buttons, Nintendo Switch controllers, 5 inch 480p display, batteries and some other custom printed circuit boards.
It’s a very neat little handheld, and the fact that it uses original PS2 hardware rather than emulation means it doesn’t have major compatibility issues with the console’s library of nearly 4,000 games . That said, the way the console slowly loads games from a USB drive means that some titles may stutter a little, and load times are apparently a little on the sloping side. Battery life is approximately two and a half hours.
While GingerOfOz has done a great job with handheld usability, including the integration of speakers, a headphone jack, and a battery life indicator, he admits that it can sometimes have struggling to detect that a controller is connected. As such, some games will refuse to load and are effectively unplayable. GingerOfOz says he hopes this can be fixed in the software at a later date.
Unfortunately, if you want to get your hands on the portable, GingerOfOz says he has no plans to sell them like he did with his previous portable Wii. After making fifty of the portable consoles in the past two years, the modder says building so many consoles to order “is just miserable.” So if you want to take your PS2 library on the go, you may need to prepare your soldering iron and 3D printer. In the meantime, I highly recommend that you subscribe to GingerOfOz’s YouTube channel and read their full article on what went into the Eclipse PS2.