This breaks it down better. The PS2 was the weakest of the 3 consoles that gen. It should have been, because it came out 1 and a half years before the other two. People assume that because Gamecube used small discs it was weaker than PS2 but it's not the case.
Sony PlayStation 2
Next, we plugged in the PS2. It's the console we've come to know and love, but the differences in image quality were obvious from the start.
"See, the reflections on the ice are much more blurry, and you don't see the ice chips flying," Anthony said.
Our testers also noted that the players' facial features were less sharp and the motion was sluggish compared to the Xbox. "You can't even tell if you're hitting the puck or not," Richard said. "It's just not as elaborate."
But, one thing everyone liked is the PlayStation 2's ability to play DVDs. The GameCube doesn't play movies, and to play DVDs on the Xbox you have to purchase a separate DVD Movie Playback Kit ($29), which unlocks this feature in the hardware.
Though the other consoles were clearly more powerful
, the boys are still big fans of the PS2. Matthew said that of the three manufacturers, PlayStation offers the best games. "You can get almost anything you want, plus, I think the Xbox controller's too big. I think the PS2 controller is just right."
The GameCube is the smallest console by far--and its snazzy purple casing makes it stand out. As Richard put it, "It's the baby."
However, it's just as powerful, graphically, as the Xbox. "It would be stupid if it wasn't," Anthony said, "because it came out at the same time.
Again though that does not mean PS2 emulation is easier than the other two. It's more complicated than that.