News of Sony sunsetting its PSN Store for PS3, PSP and PS Vita this summer has caused a lot of controversy, and rightfully so. It also serves as a reminder that digital media can be lost in the blink of an eye and if we don’t really “own” it. So maybe you’re pining for a PS2. Or maybe you want to try something a little different, in which case the PiStation 2 might interest you.
PiStation 2 is the brainchild of “Farizno”, a hobbyist/maker who enjoys “designing and building circuits and PCBs, robots, woodworking, and anything to do with LED lights.” He used that expertise to create this Raspberry Pi 4/PlayStation 2 hybrid with some awesome LEDs and a lot of hard work.
It was a struggle at times to get everything to come together and work properly. I reached out on various forums about the programing side of things as I am not very strong in coding and most of my experience has been with Arduino or ESP type microcontrollers. I have “borrowed” some code from other instructables and forum posts and I will list and link all references. That being said, I hope to make this easy to follow along and I think that anyone can make this project, regardless of skill level.
PS2’s are inexpensive and readily available but the added advantage of using a Raspberry Pi 4 is the ability to play any PS2 game you want (if you know where to look, *ahem*). And the fact you can play any game from any console. Did I mention the LED lights looked cool?