Channel Technologies –
What happened to Channel Technologies when sony tried to stop them? I just wanted to know. That was way before when I was a real newbie in the modchipworld.
Originally posted by charlie_ps2
A year or so ago, I got one of those Elvismods for Â£70/$110! It was a pure genuine Messiah 1 that had been produced underground after Sony's raid on Channel technology.
Dust4Dust was one of the lucky 1,000 who had got his v4 modded by CT with the batch 1 Messiah but he wanted another one for his other child's PS2. Bear in mind I was using Origachip at the time.
So Dust came round my house, brought his v4 and what I saw was nothing short of amazing. Direct boot of backups. It was like looking at a colour TV for the first time - only those old enough to remember Black & White TV will fully understand what I'm saying here.
So I gave Dust the Elvismod; it took two or three weeks to find someone who could do the install in his v4R. That's when I got my famous mate round the corner involved - although he couldn't do the v4R (he can now, of course).
ABout 5 months later, the Magic 2 came out. Messiah 1s were becoming difficult to get as the team concentgrated on Messiah-X; you'll all remember the US Messiah fiasco.
The Magic 2 ruled the direct boot world during the summer of 2002 and into the Autumn. A slightly better chip, the Apple mod came out but was inadequately promoted to succeed. A lot of Magic 2s went through my hands and through my PS2s. Apart from the openly disclosed shortcomings with the brown versions, I thought it was an excel;lent and reliable chip. Its output voltages were correct and it booted everything (including DVD9 Games on v5s). My son played daily on various PS2s with Magic 2 installed for some months.
Magic 3 came and, from a Pro's viewpoint, frankly didn't cut the mustard in performance terms. Magic 2 was better (IMHO, that is). The Homebrew scene will enable the real brains to iron out some of the main issues with Magic 3 - but not its booting strategy which is inferior to Messiah. Nevertheless, a gamester who made backups on good quality media, could expect the Magic 3 to do a value for money job as the boot strategy issues could be avoided.
Messiah 2, as this thread shows, is essentially a Mercedes Benz where Magic x might be Hyundia Kazundai. The software engineering in Messiah 2 is exceptional, pedigreed on the non-criticised Messiah 1.
That leaves, perversely, the final word with Messiah 1. I think it will surface again, dead cheap. The PAL world will then be in a two horse race between the two Messiahs, with price being the determinant. The Homebrew scene will be the buggeration factor.
Interesting times ahead.
Well done VenoMaN.
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