Oh sorry man shows how much of a newb I am lol, I was not even aware of that, that's cool. Man the old PS2 never ceases to amaze me. Yah they are really cheaping out at the expense of their own reputation. The FAT PS2 was built like an M1 Abrams lol. As for the digital audio, I totally agree. I got it hooked up to a Pioneer VSX 74TXVi with Paradigm surrounds, and it is just as clear as hdmi audio from my PS3. This is cool because I actually still enjoy using SMS as it is user friendly etc.
Was this SATA/Network remake readily available retail wise or was it like a small number short run of them?
DX have them in stock at 43 bucks each. expensive, i know...