View Full Version : Does the PS2 have Region Coding??
12-15-2001, 02:17 AM
OK, maybe "region coding" isn't the perfect word (you can tell watching movies is my life). Anyway...
I remember back in highscool when my Sega Saturn (the only console I have ever owned! how sad!!) couldn't play the games that I bought in Asia without weird add-on hardware. How is it with PS2s? Can I bring an American PS2 back home to Asia and play the games they sell there??
One more question (Stop me if this question shouldn't be asked here). How's the mod-chip going with the PS2?? Are there good modifications available out there?? If so, will they allow me to play games from overseas and burned games??
12-15-2001, 08:21 AM
No I believe regional coding is the right word for it. First you cannot play Japanese PS2 games on an American PS2 and vice versa. Furthermore, American PS2s are coded in Region 1 for DVD while Jap PS2 are in Region 3.
Mod chips are available and they're getting better. The last one I read about did not require the gameshark and only needed swaps for dvd games, though nowadays, most games are becoming dvd. It also released the region lock. However, it had like 18 lines to solder. So you have to be good at soldering and risk burning out a $300 piece of your money.
12-17-2001, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by gear02
So you have to be good at soldering and risk burning out a $300 piece of your money. [/B]
or u could let a local game shop do it for 15 bucks. (u just have to go find a shop that does this)
12-23-2001, 12:31 AM
US PS2 games are NTSC formatted and european games are PAL encoded so the two wont mix unless you use a mod chip. try www.mod-chip.com . like gear said, the dvd player is restricted but ive heard of a work around for that.
Don't know if this helps: http://www.modchip.com/ps2/dvdregionx.htm
12-26-2001, 02:32 AM
Just to echo gear02's concerns. Don't even attempt to mod it yourself unless you have enough confidence that you won't jack up your PS2. I have a relative that owns a $300 paperweight that used to be able play DVDs and PS2 games.
12-26-2001, 06:05 AM
Thanks for all the info guys. Actually I have a multi-region DVD Player so the DVD playing capabilities are not a problem. I'm just interested in bringing an American PS2 over home to Asia to play games that they sell there and also American games.
So I have a question. So since games are on DVD now, is it the DVD region coding that regulates the Games as well?? If so, Japan is Region 2, America is 1, and Korea (where I live) is Region 3. I would need something that plays all three regions... is that possible with a chip these days??
12-26-2001, 03:51 PM
there are some mod chips availble which dont require soldering, but they usually make you put in an NTSC disk first then switch it out to the PAL or "backup" copy
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