PStwo USB ports are not 2.0!!!
RUMOR #5: The new PlayStation 2's USB ports are 2.0, not 1.1.
Source: A bunch of confused GameSpot editors.
The official story: See below.
What we heard: After caressing the petite console's black matte case, several GameSpot editors began thumbing through the manual. Looking at the tech specs on page 50, something struck us. Under the "inputs/outputs" section were the words "USB Connector 2"--it didn't identify which kind of USB connector. Since the original PlayStation 2 used USB 1.1, and USB 1.1 has been all but phased out, could the USB connectors be USB 2.0? If they were, the USB connectors could be used to support a variety of fancy peripherals, including an external hard drive (which would come as a great relief to Final Fantasy XI players). However, our hopes were dashed by Sony, which said the USB ports had the "same functionality as the first PS2."
Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.
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Not trying to add to the fervor but...
Since I don't have a new ps2 (and even if I did, not way to test the speed of the ports), I may be talking out of my a** here, but....
$ony was careful to say that the ports retained the same "functionality" as the previous iteration of ps2...not really confirming or denying whether or not the ports had been updated. Considering that I've heard that the network adapter has been retooled to provide 10/100 versus earlier 10 only functionality, it would seem logical to conclude that other components my have been updated as well if for no other reason than the fact that manufacturing a board using legacy components would certainly be more expensive than using more current port versions.
I dunno...like I said, I can't really say one way or the other, and I'm certainly not trying to spread rumors. The choice of wording $ony used just seems kinda' evasive.