Difference between PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3

Key difference:  PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 are popular video game consoles manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. PlayStation 2 is a DVD based console, while PlayStation 3 is based on Blu-ray drive, which also reads DVDs, CDs and SACD discs.

PlayStation 2 is a most famous and appreciated video game console of Sony Computer Entertainment. Its official abbreviation is PS2. It is the sixth-generation console and is still popular among the seventh-generation consoles. It was released first on March 4, 2000, in Japan. It was the best seller game console, during its time. More than 3,800 game titles have been released for the PS2 since from its launch, and more than 1.5 billion copies have been sold.

The PlayStation 2 software is distributed on both the CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. It has a backwardly compatibility with the PlayStation games. The PS2 also supports PlayStation memory cards and controllers. The other such feature which makes it more comfortable to the gamers that is, a variety of non-Sony manufactured memory cards are also available for the PlayStation 2, allowing for a larger memory capacity. The console also features USB and IEEE 1394 expansion ports. The accessories of PlayStation 2 include the DualShock 2 controller, which performs the basic functionality of controlling the motions. These controllers work on the analog pressure sensitivity. The other specialized controllers include light guns (GunCon), fishing rod and reel controllers, a Dragon Quest VIII "slime" controller, a Final Fantasy X-2 "Tiny Bee" dual pistol controller, an Onimusha 3 katana controller, and a Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller. The other hardware includes a PS2 DVD remote control, an internal or external hard disk drive (HDD), a network adapter, horizontal and vertical stands, PlayStation or PS2 memory cards, the multi-tap for PlayStation or PS2, a USB motion camera (EyeToy), a USB keyboard and mouse, and a headset.

The PlayStation 3 is an early video game console, released on November 11, 2006, in Japan. Its official abbreviation is PS3. It is one of the famous video game consoles developed and manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment.

PlayStation 3 is designed and developed with the latest and updated technology hardware. It supports all kinds of digital entertainment. Its accessories include: the wireless Six-axis and Dual Shock 3 controllers, the Logitech Driving Force GT, the Logitech Cordless Precision Controller, the BD Remote, the PlayStation Eye camera, and the Play TV DVB-T tuner/digital video recorder accessory. The PlayStation supports the largely developed Graphical User Interface. The system can be connected to the PlayStation Store via the PlayStation connectivity. PlayStation 3 console supports the unified features, such as the online gaming service, the PlayStation Network and the associative connectivity with PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation Store is an online virtual market available to users of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3).

Comparison between PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3:


PlayStation 2

PlayStation 3

Web definitions

The PlayStation 2 is a video game console that was manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment.

The PlayStation 3 is a home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment.


It is the successor of the original PlayStation.

It is the successor of PlayStation2. 





It was released on March 4, 2000.

It was released on November 11, 2006.

Generation console

PlayStation 2 is a sixth generation console.

PlayStation 3 is a seventh generation console.

Based on

It’s a DVD based console and is also available in CD-ROM.

It’s a blu-ray player, which also reads DVDs, CDs and SACD discs.


It is a more famous and appreciated game console.

It is an advanced video game console, supporting all the high defined graphic features.


It has a DualShock 2 controller, dual pistol controller and DVD remote controllers.

It has Six-axis and Dual Shock 3 controllers.


PlayStation 2 has a better developed version of graphic qualities.

PlayStation 3 has better graphics as compared to that of PlayStation2.

Type of connections

PS 2 consists of a wired controller and a better system then the original PlayStation.

PS 3 consists of a wireless controller and is more advanced as compared to the PlayStation 2.


The external memory cards are required in PS2.

The external memory card is not required, it has in built memory storage.


The online capability is not available in the PS2.

They support the extra feature of online capability.

Type of games

Only PlayStation 2 games can be played with the PS2 console.

Some PlayStation 2 games along with the PlayStation 3 games can also be played with the PlayStation 3 console.

Wi-Fi adaptability

PS2 does not consist of broad Wi-Fi.

PS3 consists of broad Wi-Fi.

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