I had an NES and a Genesis. Then a com-pew-tor. About 4 or so years ago I found a cheap PS2 that barely worked, but that entertained me for a month or so before I got bored with it. Then the emulator.
I didn't care much for the PS2 if you want me to be honest. I'm not a video game person so there might be a generational thing where I'm comfortable with 8/16 bitters. Then modern games. But the PS2 felt slow and clunky.
I think I prefer the older games. Usually, I just want to fuck around, I don't want to watch hours of cut scenes.