In April I installed an MM3 modchip into my original PlayStation console. Modchips also exist for the PlayStation 2 and allow for things like playing games from other regions, playing PS1 and PS2 backups, and running homebrew applications. This blog post covers the installation of the Modbo 4.0 modchip into my SCPH-70012 PS2 slim console.
Update: I put together a Modbo modchip installation guide that covers all board revisions. You can find that guide here.
Things you'll need
- An SCPH-70012 PS2 slim console
- Tools to take apart the PS2 slim
- A Modbo 4.0 or Modbo 5.0 modchip. They are pin compatible, I bought my chip from EurAsia.
- 30 AWG kynar insulated wire wrapping wire
- A soldering iron and solder
I initially installed a Modbo 4.0 chip, but ended up swapping it out for a Modbo 5.0 chip. The Modbo 5.0 chip allows booting homebrew directly off of USB flash drives, which is important since the PS2 slim doesn't have support for an internal hard drive.