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Twenty years later, I finally learnt that the PlayStation 2 console icon could be rotated

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Twenty years ago, the PlayStation 2 launched in Japan. If the original PlayStation was a glorious benchmark in what video games could be for a mainstream audience, then Sony’s follow-up was a glorious leap forward at the time that went on to be the best-selling console ever made. It’s not hard to see why: The machine provided a substantial boost in visuals, you could watch DVDs on it and the games available ushered in a new golden age for the industry.

Something else that the PS2 could do which no other console was purposefully capable of at the time? Sit in a horizontal and vertical position. It was a neat touch, and seeing a PS2 propped up next to a TV looked downright futuristic back in the ay. Here’s something equally as impressive, that I had absolutely zero idea was possible: The PlayStation icon on the tray could be rotated.

SERIOUSLY HOW DID I MISS THIS? I had my OG silver PlayStation 2 for a good couple of years before I eventually switched allegiances in the great console war of the last decade, by going for an Xbox 360. In all my many hours of playing games, swapping the console’s position and having it stare me directly in the face when I inserted other games into it, I never once thought to check the icon. Not once.

My worldview has been shaken, I’m sitting here with my mouth open and my initial gasp could be heard as far away as Australia at this almighty revelation. What other secrets did the PS2 hide from me? Clearly, and for science, I need to get a console and bust it wide open to find out.

Last Updated: March 5, 2020

15 Comments

  1. Speaking of…Where dafuq is the PS5 news. I`m starting to feel negative feelings. This feels negative.

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    • The D

      March 5, 2020 at 11:23

      Same here! I’ve had a post prepped since early Feb for the reveal of the console and I can’t keep dusting it off for cobwebs every several eons.

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      • MechMachine

        March 5, 2020 at 11:23

        Just post it now. I`m curious.

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        • The D

          March 5, 2020 at 11:34

          It’s mostly guesstimations as I desperately chase the SEO dragon.

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  2. justlikemo

    March 5, 2020 at 11:23

    I think its a lie, I think this persons logo is broken.

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  3. TomDobo

    March 5, 2020 at 11:44

    Thought everyone knew this. Phat PS3 also did this.

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    • The D

      March 5, 2020 at 12:02

      HOW DEEP DOES THIS RABBIT HOLE GO?

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      • Yozzie

        March 5, 2020 at 12:09

        Wait until you find out you can cut normal pokemon spawning grass in Pokemon Gold, silver and crystal.

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      • HvR

        March 5, 2020 at 12:16

        Same thing for decades on most PC cases that are designed to stand either horizontally or vertically.

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    • BradeLunner

      March 5, 2020 at 12:30

      Holy shit

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  4. SagatatiaRZA

    March 5, 2020 at 11:06

    The first time I did it I thought I had broken it and left it sideways. Then when moving the house around my dad set it up vertically and I was like ohshitwaddup

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    • The D

      March 5, 2020 at 11:23

      Man I would have shat bricks if that happened to me 😀

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  5. HairyEwok

    March 5, 2020 at 12:34

    Really? I honestly thought everyone just knew this.

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  6. Jonah Cash

    March 6, 2020 at 09:22

    I owned 3 of these and also never knew about that!

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