Playstation 2 "Fat" Console Versions and Identification

Posted by Chris Sprague on

If you spend anytime refurbishing Playstation 2 consoles, it's important to know how to identify the version number of them. Having this information will make your life so much easier when it comes to buying and swapping replacement parts.

With most versions you can use the model number and serial number on the back of your Playstation 2 to identify the version number without having to look at any internal parts. There are, however, some versions that will require looking at the stamp on the mainboard.

Country Codes

Playstation 2 model numbers are prefixed with an "SCPH" followed by 5 numbers. Fun fact, the last number in the model determines the country code.

 Country Code Country
1 North America
2 Australia, New Zealand
3 Europe
4 United Kingdom

 

For example, if your Playstation 2 model is SCPH-39001, the "1" in that sequence states that it is a North American console.

Version Identification

Version 1, 2, and 3

Model
Serial Number Prefix Date Code
Version
SCPH-3000# U1 --
Version 1
SCPH-3000#
U0 -- Version 2
SCPH-3000#
U1 1A Version 3
SCPH-3000#
U2 1A Version 3
SCPH-3000#
U2 0D Version 3

 

V1, V2, and V3 consoles also used a total of 10 screws to hold both halves of the case together.

Version 4

Model
Serial Number Prefix Date Code
Version
SCPH-3000# U0 1C
Version 4
SCPH-3000#
U1 1C Version 4
SCPH-3000#
U2 1C Version 4
SCPH-3000#
U3 1C Version 4
SCPH-3000# U4 -- Version 4
SCPH-3000#
U5 1C Version 4

 

V4 consoles used a total of 8 screws to hold both halves of the case together. Also, when standing the console vertically, if you look at the back bottom you will see an electrical warning stamped in to the case that wasn't present in earlier versions.

Version 5

Model
Serial Number Prefix Date Code
Version
SCPH-3000# U1 1D
Version 5
SCPH-3000#
U3 1D Version 5

 

Version 6 / 5.1

Unknown

Version 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Unfortunately, for models SCPH-3900# and SCPH-5000#, there isn't a way to identify the version number without opening the case and looking at the model number of the mainboard.

Model
Mainboard
Version
SCPH-3900# GH-017
Version 7
SCPH-3900#
GH-022 Version 8
SCPH-5000#
GH-023 Version 9
SCPH-5000#
GH-026 Version 10
SCPH-5000#
GH-027 Version 11
SCPH-5000#
GH-029
Version 11

 

 

 


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