In March I added an HDMI port to my original Xbox. This is a similar post covering the process of adding an HDMI port to the PS2 fat. The PS2 has a multi AV output port which supports composite, component, RGB SCART, S-Video, and even RF. These options were fine for 2000, but they don't work very well with modern HDTVs. Adding an HDMI port allows the PS2 to output video directly to a modern HDTV or computer monitor.
Things you'll need
Here's a list of items that you'll need for adding an HDMI port to your PS2 fat.
- A multimeter.
- A PS2 fat console.
- A small component to HDMI converter. I used this model, which is cheap, and has an upscaler built in.
- A soldering iron and solder.
- Some small diameter wires, I used the wires inside of a CAT5e Ethernet cable.
- A Dremel, or other tool to cut the case.
- A small HDMI extension cable.
- A hot glue gun.
- A 5V voltage buck converter.
- Kapton tape.
You may want to research other component to HDMI converters. The model I bought is cheap, and works, but you might want something better. Cheap converters can add additional latency, and not make a perfect conversion. I didn't personally notice any additional latency, or color problems with the model I bought, but your mileage may vary.