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      02.06.2011 15:58

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      A durable piece of plastic and nothing more

      The main purpos of this stand is that allows those who choose to position their playstation 2 in a vertical position without the risk of it being knocked over and damaging the console. But top be frankly honest it is not to nescessary at all as for one the Playstation 2 can also be used horizontally with no issues at all

      Whilst now these this can be picked up for less then a pound in some gaming stores such as Gamestation and Computer Exchange. There isnt too much that can be said apart from it serves it purpose helps keep you console stable. Its suprisignly well made and durable I have dropped it a couple times when I was relocating my games collection

      Sony did also realease a horizontal stand as well which is again well made and durable but is effectively a bit redundant and only really served as way for Sony to squeeze more money out of its consumers during the inital couple years of the consoles life

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      08.05.2010 13:43
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      A great stand that suits the playtation 2's looks.

      When Sony released the Playstation 2 they broke a few boundaries, one of these allowing you to choose the orientation of the console. It could stand vertically or lie flat horizontally.
      Now anyone who tried to stand their console vertically will know the four rubber feet on the console kept it upright, but you were never quite sure whether or not it would topple over with the slightest breeze by someone blowing on it or not.
      So to ease those worried owners Sony released the vertical stand. Basically your Playstation 2 is given a lovely base to ensure not even an earthquake could knock it down.
      The stand consisted of two colour faded triangles attached to a main base. Each triangle was bright blue in colour which mirrored the blues on the ps2 itself. The triangles sit flush with the sides of your playstation console and the base goes underneath. To ensure your ps2 stays stable you unplug the four feet, the main base has four protruding tabs. The ps2 feet holes sit on these and essentially connect the base and playstation 2 together.

      Overall this stand looks brilliant, it does serve quite a useful purpose, but when released it had a high price tag for what it was. And if you wanted your ps2 to look just as good lying flat you could as Sony released the horizontal stand too. This did nothing but make your console look better.

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      08.08.2009 12:10
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      An unnecessary accessory!

      The Sony Playstation 2 vertical stand is an accessory for the original Playstation 2 console.

      This vertical stand will help your Playstation 2 stay upright, it is coloured in the Playstation 2 black along with blue for the end pieces which is the same sort of colour as the Playstation 2 box or the PS2 font on your console.

      It looks pretty good but it will increase the area your Playstation 2 takes while its vertical so not best in places where space is a premium. The quality is good and it has a nice weight to it so the stand won't be contributing to any fallen Playstation 2s!

      The stand is dead easy to use just place your Playstation 2 inside of it and you're done, the fit is reasonably good and the Playstation does seem a little more secure. Even a monkey could do it! So it is easy to use and looks good, it ticks all the boxes so far.

      The stand does have one major flaw however, it is simply unnecessary! The Playstation 2 has 4 rubber feet placed on it both horizontally and vertically so it can grip on to any surface. The console is also wide enough and of substantial weight not to fall down on its own without some serious provocation, which makes the value of this accessory very questionable indeed!

      Unless you are a bit of a clumsy person or are always worried your Playstation is going to fall over (yes all 1 of you!) I wouldn't recommend one of these stands to you.

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      17.02.2009 21:33
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      not a good idea to buy!

      Being only one of a million people needing more room on my TV stand, I bought a vertical stand for my PS2, so I could, of course, stand my PS2 upright next to my TV instead of having it sit on the floor, because there was no where else I had room for it to go on my TV stand. I bought the vertical stand on Ebay for just a few dollars, but now I kind of wish that I had just decided to leave my PS2 on the floor where it was.

      First thing to note: for those who don't already know, there are two Playstation 2 consoles. The first generation is a few inches thick, the second generation, about an inch thick and has many of the features built in that you need special adapters for on the first generation console. The basic differences in the shapes of these consoles means that there are two different vertical stands. The vertical stand for the first generation Playstation 2 looks like a paper napkin holder, or kind of like a pair of triangular shaped bookends that are attached at the bottom. For this one, you just slip in the console. The vertical stand for the second generation Playstation 2, or PS2, is a disk with a screw in the middle of it. The screw screws into a hole on the end of the PS2. I am really only writing this paragraph to keep people from making the same mistake that I did. I originally bought the vertical stand for the first generation console, and I have the secon generation . Needless to say, that one didn't work, and I had to re-sell it and get the right vertical stand-the one with the screw.

      I received my PS2 vertical stand a few days later in the mail, and I immediately screwed it into the console and stood my console upright. installation wasn't hard, and takes a flat-head screwdriver-or a butter knife, like I used. The lid of the PS2 slim version opens on the top of the console, so I had to keep enough space between the TV and the console to open up the lid, but on the first generation console, that is not a problem, as the disk tray opens out of the front of the console, meaning you can put the top and bottom against something. Having to keep space for the lid was OK, though, because I had just enough room to do so.

      I continued playing my games on my PS2 console, now upright, and writing my game guides and reviews ( all of which you can read on the various sites that I write for), and had no problems for a long time. The stand worked wonderfully, I never had a problem with it tipping over ( my biggest fear, at the time), and my console even looked great sitting there upright. It even gave me a place to put the case for whatever game I was playing at the time, because the stand itself keeps the bottom of the PS2 away from the side of the TV stand. The stand was a one of my best buys, or so I thought.

      My problem began all at once. One day, after nearly a year of playing my games on my PS2 while it was vertical, I was playing Ratchet and Clank : Going Commando, and during one of the later space flights, the game froze. It shouldn't have done that, because the disk was perfect when I put it into the console. I pull the disk out, and it has a huge scratch all the way around it that is half a cm thick and about 15 mm into the disk, measuring from the outside of it. Knowing this can't all have happened at once, i look at the previous game that I played, Kingdom Hearts, and it has the exact same scratch on it. Trying to figure out how I played everything twice on that game, including the hidden boss battles (I have the official guide), The only thing I can figure is that there is no game on that part of the disk. I had to buy a scratch repair kit to finish Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando.

      After several experiments, Including one that sacrificed three CDs that I had burned just for that purpose, I concluded that my problem is simply that my Playstation 2's player is out completely of balance, caused by my vertical stand. The problem is not as bad when the console is sitting down flat, but it still won't work right anymore.

      I wish now that I had never even thought to buy the vertical stand and just kept the console on the floor, because that was my real fear, that my console wouldn't work right. I want to upgrade to a PS3 anyway, but I wanted to have my PS2 working right until I had the money to pay for that expensive console.

      My problem could have been caused by the fact that I had used it for longer than most people keep anything electrical anymore, but a licensed for use product should not have been able to mess up the product that it was licensed for use on. I have since learned that disk players should be kept level at all times.

      The vertical stand for the Playstation 2 (either version) only gets 2 starts, because it worked right in the first place, but messed up my console, and as a gamer, that is entirely unacceptable.

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        01.02.2003 17:00

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        This 'Vertical Stand' is a perfect example of how big name corperations try and sell useless stuff to young and dim custumer. The 'Stand' or aka a piece of plastic is used to create a more sophisticated loke to you PS2, but why. If you look at you PS2, and then to the left side.... THE BASE IS FLAT!! So why do you need a stand when you can already balance it perfectly fine without it? I have balanced mine on its side and it hasn't fallen over once yet. So ask yourself this.....is it really necessary??

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        07.11.2002 21:35
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        • "Do you realise this yet?"

        Ah, the classical vertical stand. A simple bit of plastic - yes. It provides the correct upright momentum for your new PS2. But then there are the FaCtOrS! Take a look at your new PS2. Does that horizontal look suit your style, your needs? Is it east to operate that on/off switch, or how does your DVD tray open? Do you just stick those good old DVDs on the top? There is a solution - vertical fashion! The first time I looked at the nice, neat Playstation 2, I though - 'that ain't going to stand!'. How I was wrong. Vertically - a masterpiece. Beats Picasso and Monet by a million miles - and a half. The ease of the standard conditions for which I now take for granted is heaven. The FaCtOr of this is that the PS2 doesn't need the vertical stand - I could try and calculate the weight moments to find out what force you need to apply to make it topple over, but in my standard situation, I don?t need it. So what does the PS2 vertical stand offer? Well, it makes it more stable. You can thrash around the controllers and the PS2 will only slide across the table and fall off rather than crash through the table. An ingenious bit of plastic, yes. Necessary, no. Unless your a violent gamer or an avid multiplayer gamer, don't get one. Its £20 of useless plastic. The future? Well, maybe a marble version. Now that WOULD be cool. I'd get one of those, and then I might just give my PS2 a tongue and groove finish. There is no future for the stand, or it could be compared next to obscure spare car parts - no one knows what they do, there just there - for sale. IanJC

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          30.08.2001 23:53
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          Ok so you are very happy with your new playstation two and you want to buy some of the wide selection of acessories. You look at the controllers and then the stering wheels, but the you find a vertical stand. Stop there.... if you are even think about buying this piece of plastic, you can't put the cds in properly and it makes the playstation look like a japanise skyscraper. (sorry to the person who i knicked that phrase off of) Well say to yourself is 20 pounds worth a disgrace well i think not but if you are the kind of person that likes hassle be my guest.

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            30.07.2001 17:22
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            Let’s be brutal about this. It’s a piece of arty plastic isn’t it? A gimmick of the highest order. It should have come packaged with the PS2 for free shouldn’t it? The thing is, no matter what you say about the PS2’s vertical stand you have to admit that it really does look good. If you’re looking a little perplexed then it’s quite likely that you have no idea what I’m going on about. Let me refresh your overloaded mind! When the PS2 was launched there were endless amounts of promotional pictures with the PS2 displayed in strange angles/places. The most attractive one was without question the unconventional upright stance. It just looked serious somehow – this console meant business and it was going to stand on it’s hind legs to make sure that you knew it! What’s in the box? Inside the blue box you will find the lovingly wrapped stand. It’s quite small, about the size of a DVD case and is essentially a flat piece of plastic with two triangular dark fading in to light blue pieces on the end. For some reason the blue triangular pieces don’t actually fit along the whole length of the console – there is a one inch gap at the end. Not sure why this is and it actually looks quite odd. Perhaps it’s a bit of artistic licence. If there was just one word that I could use to describe the stand it would have to be quality. Yes, it’s very expensive for what it is – a piece of flashy plastic but I honestly have to say that it really does look the part once your PS2 is nestled happily inside. If you’re thinking that you don’t really need a stand then you’re right but for the love of all things sacred please don’t have your console upright without some form of support. Although the PS2 is bottom heavy it would only take a tug on the controller lead to send it toppling over. If you
            must have your PS2 standing upright then this is the one to get. There are other cheaper versions available but this is the one that looks the business. The two-tone blue even matches the PS2 logo so the continuation of colours is present. If your PS2 is on its side then get it upright and looking like the business – if you’re sensible though you’ll probably put the £9.99 towards an additional controller or a new game. I however am not sensible and I love this stand. I am slightly mad at times though…… MR.COATES

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              27.05.2001 21:07
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              The Sony PS2 Vertical stand costs £9.99 and is basically a plastic accessory which holds up your console vertically to make it look better. The official stand is a black-blue shade to match your PS2 and certainly does make the console look better, and gives it support. But is it worth the money? That depends how bothered you are about how your console looks. It is my personal belief that Sony should supply this stand with the console as standard, instead of making an extra tenner out of consumers. Not a bad accessory, arguable as to whether it's worth the money.

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                29.03.2001 04:42
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                When I first started reading about the PlayStation 2 launch ‘disaster’ as the tabloids and gaming press so promptly went on about, I noticed the small issue of people buying stands for their console to rest upon. ‘What on earth?’ I thought, how can Sony seriously expect consumers to pay £9.99 just to stand their console up or even lay it horizontally? It does this very well on it’s own, so why will people buy them? Surely yet another Sony ‘rip off’ campaign to try to recuperate losses they incurred on the console sales! Well, err yes it is, but then people will do crazy things, they become a mass of insanity and, well, they become sheep. If one person buys a stand, it looks good and so the next person and the next person want one. And so on. Is this true? And was Sony’s launch really a complete and utter disaster or ‘mess-up’? I don’t think so for one minute, and although people can be stupid, a person isn’t. The PlayStation 2 console has sold very well, and us gamers in the UK were treated to a pre-order scheme, a more civilised way to get your hands on the latest gaming device to hit our rainy shores, whereas masses in Europe were fighting, there was mass hysteria and things did turn nasty in some cases. So, with the short supply of PS2’s (I am getting somewhere – I hope!), there was a short supply of peripherals, and in particular, official stands. I bought mine today, but have had trouble locating one recently and for the past couple of weeks it seemed as though the country had never even had them in! But at £10, they aren’t that expensive and so I thought I’d get one for a laugh, and for the purposes of a review. So, is it worth the money? Should you just keep your PS2 standing freely, or do you want a bit of support? I’ll try and inform you about it as best I can so that you can make your own mind up. Aesthetics. The PS2 is an ugly brute, wi
                th very few games that can be classed as decent, yet alone playable, the scene is of a very gruesome next generation battle. The X-Box is going to be 15inches x 14 x 3, so that’s just huge, and the Game Cube has a handle, looks like a lunch box, and so who would be proud to show that off? I know, we all know, it’s not what it looks like it’s what the machine can do. And the PS2 hasn’t yet performed very well in my opinion. With very few titles that can even come close to Sega’s Dreamcast top games, maybe you should decorate the outside of the black ‘radiator’ and get yourself a stand. The future is looking up for the PlayStation 2, with a few top games arriving soon. The stand has a black middle, and two blue triangular prism shaped supports for which the PS2 can sit between. It’s coordinated with the PS2 logo, and generally adds colour to the overall feeling of darkness. So in my view it looks good. So, with a vertical stand you can be assured that your new £300 acquisition won’t take the dreaded ‘emotional’ heartbreaking tumble, or can you? Well the PlayStation 2 is pretty stable standing up, but I have been wary that my cat will just brush up against and knock it over, and the stand does give a bit of support. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but I’d say it definitely seems more stable now. I’ve also noticed that some discs have had some slight scratches on them since being played in the vertical position, so maybe with less ‘sway’, they’ll stay scratch free. If you lay the PS2 horizontally, I’d imagine it’d be harder to knock it down, so I don’t see the point in getting a horizontal stand – that just makes it look good, whereas the vertical does add support as well. Quality? Well, it’s hard to tell just now, so over time and after extensive use I suppose you’d have a clearer picture of just how well made i
                t really is, but from first impressions, it does seem to be of a good quality and of a strong plastic. The packaging is also a bit better than the other peripherals’. Instead of a tragic see through plastic encasement, you get a box. A very blue, similar to your PS2 console, kind of box, and it’s very nice too, as far as boxes go. There’s a protective sleeve inside, so you can rest assured that it hasn’t been damaged in transit. What should you get then? I’d say go for a vertical one if you intend on standing your console up: it sounds obvious really, but I don’t see the point in having a horizontal stand, as the machine isn’t going to fall down from that position, although I can understand why people would have the console horizontally (console stands etc from their TVs). Do you really need one? Well I didn’t know whether I should stand the console up or lay it down, and I guess I can change the position from time to time – at present I’m sorting out televisions, and so, depending on the room in the cabinet, I’ll see what to do. At £9.99, it isn’t a lot of money, but you can spend you’re money on better things in life. You do get an officially licensed piece of merchandise as it were ‘I bought a PS2’ ‘I got the vertical stand’ kind of thing, as though it were a holiday or theme park attraction. Ask yourself the position and whether you can afford to buy one. It isn’t an essential piece of equipment, and although it does look good, there isn’t much too it: you can tell instantly that £10’s worth of production has gone into this, but it’s fair enough. I don’t know any console that needs a stand other than the PS2, and maybe this is the start of a new fashion. Some people may say it’s like a kind of stabiliser, helping the PlayStation 2 get on it’s toes and start to run, and deliver the games that we
                ’ve all been dying to play (well, some of you have…). I think 4 stars have to be awarded here because Sony could have tried to sell it at £15, and gotten away with it. They’ve attempted something different, perhaps necessary if you leave you PS2 in a nursery, or other high risk of it falling over kind of place, and so adding a bit of style isn’t too high a price. It may even make you smile at how much better it makes the radiator (PS2) look. And they say you canny put a price on happiness! 4 stars. Thanks again. D1A1

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                  28.02.2001 22:50
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                  The PlayStation2 is a bit of a beast, to say the least. It is much bigger than the original, a lot heavier, and considerably more expensive (at this time). The PS2 has been designed so that it can either sit underneath your television just like your VCR, digital TV box and whatever else you have plugged into your telly, or it can be sat on its side in the verticle position, taking on the appearance of a 'Japanese tower block'. I've never been to Japan and if anyone of them live in a tower block that looks like that then they have my condolences! Anyway, many of us do not have the room underneath the television to stack the PS2 horizontally and so will have to stick it on its edge beside instead of under. Other people may want it on its side for the asthetics, and doesn't it look smart slotted simply into this? Anyway, due to expense of the PS2 most people may want to protect their five-year investment by splashing out on a verticle stand if this is how they too have set it up, and Sony have released (a few) verticle stands. The PS2 slots into this triangular blue plastic device and it adds a little more sturdiness to the machine, meaning that you will have to yank a lot harder on the control pad during Tekken or SSX to pull it off its perch and on to the floor. Smart idea and it is also quite a smart add-on. Not only does it do a proper job (unlike the similar horizontal stand) it is quite nice to look at. If you have seen the PS2 advertisements on TV then you will know that blue is this season's black, and its all to do with the nice blue LED in the PS2. Therefore the triangular stand has been coloured the same blue and its a mix-and-match dream! Stella McCartney herself couldn't have picked a better ensemble! But I am a little sceptical. I normally always go for 'official' merchandice and have never before bought 3rd party peripherals. This time I went different and bought a shop-brand verticle s
                  tand. See, I see the PS2 as a games console - not a fashion accessory - and was more interested in the stands safety features than the actual colour and style, so I bought a stand that does the same job for half the price. Have a look about before you shop... someone else other than Sony may have a design that you prefer.

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                  04.02.2001 05:04
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                  The Playstation 2 can be made to look like on big balck Japanese skyscraper. The Playstation 2 has been designed so that it can be located in two different positions. It can be placed horizontally (On top of a VCR or on top of a digi' box etc.) or B vertically (on a desk e.g.) The playstation 2’s vertical stand allows the user to locate it in an upright position. This does make the console look more like a PC tower and in my opinion it does look better in this position. This Playstation logo is also rotatable to accommodate for the differences in location. The Playstation 2 does have little rubber feet on both the horizontal base and the vertical base, but while placing the console on the horizontal base without a stand will do it no harm, placing it vertical may cause damage. The PS2 would be very unstable and would be very likely to topple over, especially from an over excited pull of the joypad. The vertical stand does add a little style to the console, adding a purple triangular base to it, but is these little pieces of purple plastic worth a tenna? Yes if you really have the urge to pace it horizontally, due to space constrictions etc. There are also ‘Third party stands on the market, which do only cost a fiver. They do look a little different and may have differing colours. If you have the money and want to jazz up the cost a little the vertical stand may com in handy.

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                  07.01.2001 18:13
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                  I think playstation 2 selling there vertical stand seperate and then making us pay £10 to buy it is a total rip-off. The vertical stand is just alittle piece of plastic which holds your playstation 2 up. I believe it should have came with the actual console itself and should not make their own customers go out and buy this piece of plastic for £10 where it probably costs them 10p to make. I am not saying you should not buy it because i believe it is really good and makes the console look different to the rest. The Playstation 2 vertical stand was brought out the same time and the console, and has been painted to look the same colour as the console which is black with a hint of blue so if you are looking for it thats what it looks like. I brought this vertical stand on the same day i brought my console and it is playing an important role with my playstation 2. It has been holding up and making my playstation 2 look very attractive and my friends have commented on how this looks alot better standing up. I recommend that people should buy this to give it more of a PC kind of feel to your console.

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                    24.12.2000 22:36

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                    This vertical stand makes you put your PS2 on its side and keep it stable. Other than that is really has no other reason, it doesn't make the games look any better or run faster. This item is just to make the PS2 look better..although it does take some beating to do that. Comes in a nice blue which matches the blue on the PS2. When you have installed it you can turn the little PS2 logo around to vertical as well...oohhhh fancy uh? Don't worry though as the disk remains in its place as there is a slight lip to hold it there. 10 pounds is abit expensive but you can find cheaper unofficial ones. Alex

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