Video gamers wanting to play imported games or view imported DVDs on the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) Slim model must buy a third-party product that tricks the console into thinking it's playing a disc made for their region. Rather than modifying the PS2 by tampering with its hardware and internal components, and invalidating the official warranty, owners can use special discs and specially-designed plastic tools that enable imported games and DVDs to function easily and safely.
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Swap Magic 3
Third-party developer Swap Magic 3 has invented several products for the different models of Sony PS2 that allow users to play imported games on their systems and backup original discs. Slim PS2 owners must purchase Swap Magic 3 and one accessory -- either a "Slim Cover" that fits over the machine, or a "Magic Switch" comprised of several small pieces that fit inside the system. Both are easy to use and cause no damage to the PS2.
PS2 Action Replay MAX EVO Edition 1GB - USA
Among the many features of this third-party product from the Codejunkies division of accessory manufacturer Datel is a feature that enables the viewing of imported DVDs. This region-enabling device tricks the PS2 into thinking it's using a domestic disc and means users can watch imported NTSC DVDs on their American system.
PS2 Action Replay MAX Limited Edition 16MB - USA
Slightly cheaper than the 1GB version, this program converts the slim PS2 into a multi-region DVD player, so owners can watch films released on formats for other countries.
PS2 Action Replay MAX - USA
Similar to other programs in the same product line, the Action Replay MAX boasts a region enabler for foreign DVDs, allowing the Slim PS2 to play differently-encoded DVDs from around the world.
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