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Sony's Latest PSTwo Revision has Problems

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October 20, 2005 - The slim model PS2 will be seeing a new color over in Japan to coincide with the holiday sales season. Sony Computer Entertainment will be releasing the Satin Silver PS2, model SCPH-75000 SSS, on 11/23, at an open price. The system will include a satin silver Dual Shock 2, a satin silver vertical stand, AV cables and an AC adapter.


SCE will also make available on 11/23 Satin Silver versions of the Dual Shock 2 controller and PlayStation 2 Memory Card. Both accessories will be sold for 2,940 yen.


The conventional slim PS2 model, known affectionately as the PSTwo, has product number SCPH-70000. When releasing new color variations, Sony usually keeps the product number the same but tacks on a few letters to indicate the new color. With the new Satin Silver model, though, Sony has switched to a completely new model number.


It turns out that the Satin Silver model, while having the same functionality as a standard PS2, has problems running certain PlayStation 2 and PlayStation titles. The exact list of games with problems is available, in Japanese, here. Here's an English list of PS2 games that won't run properly on the Satin Silver unit:


Gauntlet Dark Legacy: Will sometimes freeze following the opening movie


The Stylish Mahjong: Will sometimes freeze at the save screen once you've changed the options


Racing Battle C1 Grand Prix: sound effects will sometimes replay endlessly when you hit walls and rails


F1 2001: will sometimes freeze after the title logo


F1 2002: will sometimes freeze after title logo when game is started up with GT-FORCE controller attached. If GT-FORCE is not attached, works fine.


Hitman Contract: takes extended time to create save file


Tekken 5: When selecting "Tekken 3" from Arcade History, the game will sometimes freeze following the save screen.


The PS2 list isn't too long, but the PlayStation list, in comparison, includes nearly forty titles. Most of these are smaller games, but Resident Evil 2 apparently has some sound problems during movies.


All new PlayStation 2 revisions from here on out, including any units that carry the SCPH-75000 model number, will have these problems. Sony hasn't provided a reason for why the problems exist, but suggests that those who want to play the blacklisted games purchase an SCPH-70000 or earlier model PS2.

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Not surprising to see issues on any Sony hardware. They're cutting too many corners and have been for years. I hope (For those buying one, cause I sure ain't) that the PS3 has more durable/reliable hardware.

I'm sick of hearing about people having to replace their PS2's due to drive failures etc, dead pixels on PSP screens etc. You shouldn't have issues with a piece of hardware when it's still a current generation piece, period.

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