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Sony PlayStation 2 Online Adaptor review: Sony PlayStation 2 Online Adaptor

by Latesha Watriama (2020-05-20)

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id="cnetReview" section="rvwBody" data-component="indepthReview"> The video-game console market's own version of Clash of the Titans has finally moved to the online arena. Microsoft, Sony, and to a lesser extent, Nintendo have each launched their own iteration of Internet gaming in a bid to bring console gamers the same sort of head-to-head gaming action that PC users have had for years. Sony was first out of the gate with launch of the PlayStation 2 Online Adaptor.

While rival Xbox has a slicker, more integrated online implementation and includes online voice support, Sony's network adaptor gets PlayStation 2 gamers online with no additional fees and allows dial-up users to join in the action. The video-game console market's own version of Clash of the Titans has finally moved to the online arena. Microsoft, Sony, and to a lesser extent, Nintendo have each launched their own iteration of Internet gaming in a bid to bring console gamers the same sort of head-to-head gaming action that PC users have had for years.

Sony was first out of the gate with launch of the PlayStation 2 Online Adaptor. While rival Xbox has a slicker, more integrated online implementation and includes online voice support, Sony's network adaptor gets PlayStation 2 gamers online with no additional fees and allows dial-up users to join in the action. Design The PS2 network adaptor is a simple black slab, not even as big as a standard trade paperback book.

Installing the hardware is a snap. After popping off the expansion bay cover on the back of the PlayStation, the network adaptor plugs snugly into the console's back with just a few twists of two mounting screws to lock it into place. Snap in your telephone line or Ethernet cable, and the hardware side of the installation is done. The included software disc takes you through the setup and installation routine step by step. Primarily, this process consists of entering your Internet access username, password, and settings.

Sony doesn't charge any fee for online access, instead relying on you to use your existing Internet service provider (ISP). America Online users, beware: whether you access AOL's dial-up or broadband service, the online behemoth will assess you an additional $4.95 per month to facilitate access via your game console, be it the PS2 or the Xbox. Currently, AOL broadband access is not available, but the company plans to offer it in the near future. Features The PS2 network adaptor provides Ethernet and dial-up connectivity.

So, unlike Microsoft's broadband-only approach with the Xbox, legions of dial-up gamers aren't left out in the cold. Just like their PC brethren, however, gamers will find connecting through their cable or DSL modems to be an infinitely smoother and more satisfying experience. Users with a robust home network already in place will benefit most; stretching an Ethernet cable from the PS2 to our two-year-old NetGear router had us up and running on our EarthLink DSL connection in no time.

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