Yes and when was the ps2 released???? Thrusday Oct 26, 2000. So that means according to boba that the first mod chip was out until a whole year after the PS2 launched... maybe even 2 years. And good chips (solderless varaints of the favorite solder in products) didnt come until the last 12 or so months.
Where theres a will, theres a way... someone will do it. Time is the only issue.