PlayStation 2 identification tool

Update 2018/12/08: v0.835 released.
Update 2018/10/27: v0.834 re-released.
Update 2018/10/21: v0.834 released.
Update 2018/08/25: v0.833 released.
Update 2018/07/04: v0.832 re-released.
Update 2018/06/28: v0.832 released.
Update 2018/06/23: v0.831 released.
Update 2018/06/19: v0.830 released.
Update 2017/03/04: v0.825 re-released: updated model data.
Update 2016/12/16: v0.825 re-released.
Update 2016/12/15: v0.825 released.
Update 2016/06/10: v0.824 released.
Update 2016/05/21: v0.823 re-released.
Update 2016/01/04: v0.822 released.
Update 2015/08/29: v0.821 released.
Update 2015/06/21: v0.820 re-released. Corrected README file because I saw a CXD9686R.
Update 2015/05/30: v0.820 released.
Update 2014/10/19: Added a link to the PS2Ident database page.
Update 2014/10/13: v0.810R released.
Update 2013/10/14: v0.805 released.
Update 2013/08/25: v0.804 released.
Update 2013/07/26: v0.803 released.
Update 2013/07/18: v0.802 re-released - stability fix.
Update 2013/07/17: v0.802 released - labels update.
Update 2013/07/14: v0.801 released - minor bugfix.
Update 2013/07/11 03:19: Added a translation template.
Update 2013/07/11 02:09: Initial public release, with minor fix. Please re-download if you downloaded before I re-released it!

PS2Ident is an identification tool that allows dumps of a PlayStation 2 console's ROM chips and MECHACON NVRAM to be made. It will also gather data from the console, for research purposes.

It has the following features:

Note: Chip and mainboard identification is currently very incomplete and inaccurate, due to a lack of data. Sometimes, Sony makes hardware revisions without changing the chip implementation numbers as well, hence why chip identification may be inaccurate. The chip and version IDs are, however, accurate since they are taken directly from the hardware.

Its database, which contains the parts and mainboard data, is managed and updated with the PlayStation 2 Ident DataBase Management System (PS2IDBMS) tool.

I made such a change because it wasn't possible to get a complete list of all PlayStation 2 models in existence. With PS2IDBMS, a spreadsheet containing all recorded models can be generated automatically.
Not to mention that the whole PS2Ident tool would have to be recompiled, whenever model data was added.

Data recorded

If the database has your console's data in it, PS2Ident will attempt to determine its mainboard model based on:

ROMVER stringROM version string
Model nameThe "name" of the console's model.
EE revisionRevision of the EE chip.
FPU revisionRevision of the EE chip's FPU.
IOP revisionRevision of the IOP chip.
GS revisionRevision of the GS chip.
MECHACON revision and regionRevision and MagicGate region of the MECHACON
SPU2 revisionRevision of the sound processor.
SSBUS I/F revisionRevision of the SS-BUS I/F Controller.
Model IDUniquely identifies the console's model. Even more accurately than the model name.
Console model IDAnother (2-byte) version of the model ID. Obtained from the i.Link ID data.
EMCS IDUniquely identifies the Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Services (EMCS) system that made the console.
M Renewal DateWhat this represents is unclear. It's something related to the MECHACON (date of firmware build or EEPROM settings update?)
ADD0x010An ID that is used by the SONY service tools to identify major revisions.

If your console is not recognized, its mainboard model will appear as "unknown". While it is true that Sony consoles might be physically similar across releases from different territories, I've decided to treat each region's release as being different because I would also want to have a complete list of existing PlayStation 2 models. With such data it is possible to determine what models Sony has released in every terrirory, and at which series did they start at.

Making Submissions

How to submit new model data, starting from this release:

  1. If your console model is not recognized, its mainboard will appear as "unknown" and a new database record file in this naming convention will be generated among the dumped files: __database.bin (e.g. SCPH-10000_0500044_database.bin).
  2. Open your console, and take note of the mainboard model number. Take note of the models of all chips that were unrecognized by PS2Ident, so that we can get an updated chip model list for all components.
  3. Submit this file to me, along with the mainboard model and other missing chip models via e-mail.
  4. When recording down the model of the MECHACON chip, please take note that the model number should include its firmware version as well (e.g. CXP103049-401GG instead of just CXP1013049).
  5. New: if possible, please specify the chassis model, the true model number (i.e. SCPH-39006a) and the colour of the console (if not the standard black version).

Please understand that the database record file alone is useless to me, since I need the mainboard model name to update the database with PS2IDBMS.
The model database file will be updated every week, or whenever I can commit to do so.
If your model is already recognized, the database record file will not be generated.

As for the chassis and EMCS ID (For Dragon-series units):

At the lower right-hand corner of the product information sticker that is either on the bottom or back of the unit, there will be something like "H FOXC". In this example, the letter 'H' is the chassis model, while "FOXC" stands for FOXConn (the EMCS that made the console). Please contribute this information if necessary.


Known parts of a PlayStation 2 console
EEThe Emotion Engine, which is a MIPS R5900. The "main CPU" of the PlayStation 2.
FPUThe VU0, which also acts as the 2nd coprocessor to the EE.
IOPThe I/O processor, which is a MIPS R3000A. The "sub-CPU" of the PlayStation 2. Although insignificant in power, it's actually in control of every part of the PS2, and provides access to the peripherals from the EE.
GSThe Graphics Synthesizer (aka the "GPU" of the PS2).
SPU2The Sound Processor. Also known as DEV4.
SSBUS I/FThe SS-BUS InterFace (I/F) Controller, provides an interface to the SS-BUS from the DEV9 expansion device. Also known as a "SSBUS buffer" on consoles sporting an expansion-bay.
MECHACONThe drive MECHAnics CONtroller.
DVPI'm not sure about this one, but it's a very powerful and smart processor that is connected directly to the MECHACON. Version data reported by the MECHACON includes data from the DVP as well.
Boot ROMThe ROM chip containing the default IOP modules, the OSDSYS program, PlayStation driver and the self-test facility (On the SCPH-18000 and up).
DVD ROMThe ROM chip containing the DVD player, and the Chinese font on Chinese PlayStation 2 consoles. Newer consoles may have a single chip instead of a separate boot and DVD ROM chips. The SCPH-10000 and SCPH-15000, and all TEST, TOOL and PSX (DVR unit) units do not have a DVD ROM chip. Also known as DEV1.
NVRAM/EEPROMThe Non-Volatile Memory storage that the MECHACON/DVP has, for storing settings (system, RTC and CD/DVD drive).
SPEEDThe expansion device that gets connected to the DEV9 expansion interface. May provide Ethernet support, a UART (for a dial-up modem), a DVRP, flash storage (For storing boot files), and an ATA interface.
SMAPThe PlayStation 2 Ethernet interface. Connected to the SPEED device.
Ethernet PHYThe PHYceiver device that is connected to the SMAP interface. The earliest models included a National Semiconductor DP83846A that has auto-negotiation issues with Gigabit Ethernet.
DVRPOnly found on PSX (DVR unit) consoles, the DVR Processor is a Fujitsu MB91302A that is connected to the SPEED device. It seems to be emulating the PS2's standard ATA interface and provides the DVR functionality. Contains its own firmware.
i.Link and USB interfacesThe Firewire/IEEE1394/i.Link interface and USB interfaces. Their controllers are built into the IOP. Consoles that don't have an i.Link port still have the i.Link controller, but just have no physical connections to the outside world.
AIFOn a DTL-T10000(H), the DEV9 interface is connected through the AIF. The AIF also provides a RTC and IDE controller.
MRP (BoardInf)The MRP is the interface between the PS2 and PC sides of a DTL-T10000(H). All DTL-T10000(H) units have a MPU 4.0 board as the MRP.
EMCS IDContains the part of the IEEE1394 EUI-64 address that uniquely identifies the console, the model ID and EMCS ID.
i.Link IDUniquely identifies the Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Services (EMCS) system that made the console.
Model IDUniquely identifies the console's model. Even more accurately than the model name.
Console IDContains the EMCS ID, (another version of) model ID and serial number.
M Renewal DateWhat this represents is unclear. It's something related to the MECHACON (date of firmware build or EEPROM settings update?)
ADD0x010An ID that is used by the SONY service tools to identify major revisions. Originally at word 0x010 of the EEPROM, it was moved to word 0x01 for the Dragon models. It does not always correspond with the chassis models (i.e. C and D-chassis have the same ID). It can also identify the loadout of the console, like its CEX/DEX status and the OP block installed (i.e. SANYO or SONY).
PS1DRV VersionThe version number of the PlayStation driver. The earliest ROMs do not have PS1VER in ROM.
For Japan, only the SCPH-10000 and SCPH-15000 lack this file. "1.01" is hardcoded.
For other territories (should be only the earliest SCPH-30001), "1.10" is hardcoded.
DVD Player VersionThe version number of the built-in DVD player, if applicable.

Note: Slimline consoles that had the SSBUS I/F Controller integrated into the IOP will report their SSBUS I/F controllers as version 0x31 as well. Due to some controllers reporting the same version number (0x31), they will be all identified as a "CXD9611" since they are supposed to be fully compatible anyway.

Known limitations/bugs:

Supported languages

For more information on supported languages and how support for languages can be completed, click here. A template for translating this software is provided in the downloads section of this page.

Supported languages and their translation status
English (completed)Completed and built-in.
FrenchTranslated by ShaolinAssassin.
Spanish (completed)Translated by ElPatas
German (completed)Translated by Delta_force.
Italian*Translated by master991.
Dutch*Translated by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
Portuguese (completed)Translated by Gillbert.

* Not updated for v0.830 and newer.

Changelog for v0.835

Changelog for PS2IDBMS v1.06 (Previously Released):


PS2Ident v0.835:
PS2Ident v0.835 (Source code):
Latest database file/models list: Here
Translation template for v0.830 and later:
PS2IDBMS v1.06 (database management tool):
PS2IBMS v1.06 (Source code):

As usual, please do not hotlink to the files as the link/filename will change with every release.