The original PlayStation 2 (PS2) -- the "fat" design -- was designed to be backward-compatible with PlayStation games (also sometimes called the PlayStation 1 or PS One). While the "fat" PlayStation 2 release introduced a lot of new and improved technology over the PlayStation, it retained much of input/output hardware, which aided in the backward compatibility. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to backward compatibility; some games and peripherals may work well, while others won't function at all.
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Acquire an original PlayStation memory card for your games; PlayStation games cannot save to PlayStation 2 cards, and vice versa. However, you can copy PlayStation save files to PlayStation 2 memory card as a way to back up unused files and save space on your PlayStation memory card.
Make sure that you're using the correct functions on your controllers; if you choose to use a DualShock 2 controller, which uses analogue buttons where the PlayStation controllers did not, ensure that you're pressing the buttons hard enough that the game registers them.
Use the right MultiTap -- the hardware that allows you to connect up to four controllers to your PlayStation system -- for the right system; PlayStation games will not recognise the PlayStation 2 MultiTap and vice versa.
Avoid using hardware like the GameShark or Action Replay for the PlayStation on the PlayStation 2; because these interact with the PlayStation hardware directly, it can have trouble interacting with the PlayStation 2.
Turn off texture-smoothing and fast-loading; you can do this by pressing the "Triangle" button on your controller while the PlayStation 2 is on the browser menu. Select "PlayStation Driver" and press "Triangle" again to change your settings. These settings will need to be change each time you restart your PlayStation 2 and will not guarantee function for all PlayStation games.
Tips and warnings
- The PlayStation and PlayStation 2 television connectors are largely interchangeable, with the exception of the composite cable, which works only on the PlayStation 2.
- Some PlayStation games simply will not work on the PlayStation 2; there is no guarantee of backward compatibility.
- The later, "slim" model of the PlayStation 2 has different hardware; this can change the compatibility issues.
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