I purchased this item because I got fed up keep waiting to have my turn on the Ps2 when I had friends over especially on games that were capable of having more than 2 players.
I shopped around online for prices and the best looking and compact way, and found that most of the other controller multi-taps were stand alone with a bit of cable, and I did not have much room around my TV for another box, but with this on it simply plugs directly into controller port one. It has 4 controller ports and one memory card port so you can still load up your saves through it.
To use it you simply make sure you controller is powered down, plug it into the player 1 port, then plug in your memory card and however many controllers you wish to use with it. Then just go ahead an switch the console on and play away as you would normally.
Obviously this item with only work with compatible up to 4 players such as the smack down series for ps2 and time splitters.
This item is available from amazon and eBay for between £5 and £10 and is great value, it does everything its meant too
It wasn't long ago that the PlayStation was the most sought after piece of console hardware in the industry, the most wanted machine available on the market, and it's still selling well despite the new PlayStation 2 console arriving recently. You may well notice that Nintendo, with the N64 were the first manufacturer to include 4 controller ports on their console, to allow for multiplayer gaming: true 'more than one or two people' multiplayer gaming, with the best 4 player title easily being Golden Eye. The N64 was released after the PlayStation, and yet hasn't done as well. Now, what I find quite strange is the fact Sony still only include just 2 control ports on their new machine, they do of course have reasons for this, but I really don't think the PlayStation 2 should borrow this idea from it's older sibling. The multi tap is an excellent device, which allows 6 controllers to plug into just one console port, so that games like Fifa in the 8 player mode, can be experienced to the max. It's small light and looks like a boomerang, costs about £20 and is the only device that will allow more than two of you to play a game at any one time - on Sony's machines at leats. But to be honest, Sega's Dreamcast having 4 ports and Nintendo's N64 and newly anticipated GameCube also housing this number makes for a much more cost effective gaming time. So why are Sony so mean on their consmuers? Well, Sony isn't stupid, and yet it clearly feels that it's consumer's are. I'm complaining about the PlayStation 2 having only two ports as opposed to the original PSX having 2, because Sony really should stop ripping the customers off! I mean, if you want a PS2 multi tap - and you have to get a PS2 multi tap as the PSX ones do not work on the latest machine, then you'll have to splash out a whopping £30! That's a third of the Dreamcast's price. Sony would prefer it if only 2 of y
ou played on the PS2 anyway. With less people to a PS2, there will surely be more PS2's sold. Another very intelligent way of making a lot of money - more console sales, and ultimately more game sales - that's where they make their money. Anyway, we have to accept that neither of Sony's machines have four ports, so the only way you'll be able to play a 4 player + game is by getting one of the multi taps. You should be able to get one second hand for around £10, but they are a good way of getting more people to play! It's just that we should never have had to do this had the console been properly equipped. Thank you for listening, enjoy the show. ~~~~~~~~~~KINDANECAD~~~~~~~~~~
The Multitap allows not one, not two, but four people to play simultaneously head to head. IN fact, if you have two multitaps, some games will allow all of eight players frantically pressing buttons trying to beat each other. Sure beats a two-player game, doesn't it. Particularly with sports games such as Fifa 2001, Sydney 2000 and WWF Smackdown 2, it is great fun to get a load of friends round and battle it out to see who is truly the best gamer. Also, you generally don't need to buy eight controllers as friends can simply bring theirs with them. I'll be the first to admit I'm a massive fan of one-player RPGs like Dino Crisis 2 and Metal Gear Solid, but the multitap adds a whole new dimesnsion of gaming. It is a great expereience to be playing against five or indeed seven other people simultaneously, so the multitap is well worth the relatively cheap price of between £10 and £20. The official Sony multitap, as ever, is more reliable and you have the assurance that you are using the official Playstation product. Go buy one now!