Sony released their follow-up console, the PlayStation 2, on March 4, 2000, in Japan, followed by North America on October 26 and Europe on November 24. It was discontinued in Japan on December 28, 2012, and everywhere else on January 4, 2013.
(March 4, 2000-November 8, 2013)
Logo: On a black background, we see "PlayStation 2", in the same font as "PlayStation" in the first logo, appear via a blue dust gathering effect. The "PS" symbol is nowhere to be found.
Trivia: The "PlayStation 2" logo that can be seen after the console's startup is actually stored on the game's disc itself, in which it's encrypted in the first 16 sectors of the disc. The key to decrypt the logo is stored in the watermark data of the game disc, in which it's also encrypted by using the product code of the disc (which is spread across different sectors of the disc). If the logo, the decryption key, and the product code are all absent on the disc, then the disc will not boot and it will throw a Red Screen of Death.
Variant: When the PS2 has a hard drive with the Japan-only PlayStation Broadband Navigator, the logo simply fades in and out.
Technique: 3D computer animation running in real-time.
Music/Sounds: A short synth humming sound. On the PSBBN variant, none.
Music/Sounds Trivia: The short synth humming sound had a Hollywood appearance in the 2006 Universal film The Break-Up.
Availability: Extremely common.
- Seen after the second SCE logo when you turn on a PS2 with a PS2 disc inside. Also seen after the fourth and fifth SCE logo when a PS2 disc is inside a backwards compatible PS3.
- It can also be seen when running a PS2 Classics game on later PlayStation consoles.
- It can also be seen on any of the available PS2 games on the Classics Catalog from the Premium (or Deluxe) tier of the newly relaunched PlayStation Plus.
- The PSBBN variant is only available in Japan without using a hacked copy.