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An Expensive Memory Card Caddy
on October 1, 2009
A dated piece of hardware since the inception of actually putting four controller ports in a console during the days of the N64, the Sony Multitap is still a well built piece of hardware. Even though now a days, most consoles utilize wireless connectivity with their controllers, have multiple controller ports or USB ports built-in or online gameplay, for those of us who still have our PS2s, varying assortments of 4-8 player games, and real live friends who will actually meet with you in person, this multitap can't be beat. It's compact in size, especially in comparison with some of the older PS1 multitaps I've seen, as they format the controllers to go in on both sides of the multitap brick, rather than have them across on single panel.
The best part about this multitap, and unintended by Sony, I'm sure, is its ability to store memory cards. This is great for people who have more than 1 memory card or an assortment of old PS1 memory cards, as they lock in nicely and can be carted around without worry of losing them or damaging them. Even when I'm not actively using it, I've had my multitap carry my Memory cards when I travel and never once had any issues with them getting damaged.
This multitap really has no negatives besides the usual multitap-related problems, namely lots of messy wires (which is unavoidable with that many wire controllers) and the obvious fact that there aren't too many 4-8 player games out there for the PS2. Plus, with how our current generation of systems work (online, online, and more online) it's becoming less and less relevant to have hardware like this around. However, if you still use your PS2 as much as I do, having a place to put your memory cards while you wait for that opportunity to dust off your extra Dual Shock 2 controllers to play some Timesplitters 2 with a group of friends is always a bonus.