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4.0 out of 5 stars Clearing the confusion, September 17, 2001
This review is from: PlayStation 2 Memory Card (8MB) (Accessory)
First of all, let me give my credentials so people understand that I know what I'm talking about:
-I know a lot about computers, and take great interest in technology.
-I have been a Playstation owner since 1997, and bought a PS2 just this year.
-I have played MANY Playstation games, as well as PS2 games.
-I have used several peripherals on both the PS1 and PS1, including the 128k and 8MB memory cards.
So, hopefully you believe me when I say that I know what I'm talking about.
With all of that out of the way, I would like to clear up a LOT of confusion. I have read many reviews on here. Most of them completely contradict the review that came right before it. Unfortunately, it seems that many people are just making things up off the top of their head, without having any real first-hand experience.
So, just what is the PS2 memory card capable of, and what is it compatable with? That's what I'm here to tell you.
First of all, the PS2 card has an 8MB capacity. It reportedly transfers data 200 times faster than the original PS memory card. Well, I haven't actually used a stopwatch, but it's true that the PS2 card saves and loads much faster.
Does the PS2 card work for PS1 games? Absolutely not. I've tried this with several PS1 games, testing them in both my PS1 console and PS2 console. Not a single PS1 game was able to tell that a memory card was even inserted in the slot. So, please disregard anyone who tells you otherwise.
Does the PS1 card work for PS2 games? Again, a big fat NO. Think about it. Forget about weather or not PS2 games is able to to use the card. The important issue is the size of the files versus the size of the card. Most of the files on my PS2 card range from 300 to 600k, which is 3-6 times the capacity of the card. Just forget about it.
One point of clarification I would like to make: the PS2 DOES recognise PS1 cards, but only if you are playing a PS1 game.
That should pretty much clear up any misconception.
As for my opinion of the PS2 card, I'll give it to you short and sweet: It's an essential part of the Playstation. As I said, it is very fast with its saves and loads.
My one problem with this peripheral is the price. I payed an easy $30 for one of these things in a discount store. COME ON! It's only 8 Megs! I know that Sony has to manufacture these things specially, but think about this: memory has gotten remarkably cheaper.
If you were to try to sell 8 Megs of RAM, you'd be lucky to get a dollar for it.
An 8 Meg hard drive? Forget about it. 50 cents, tops.
7 floppy disks give about 8 megs, and 7 floppies cost around 4 dollars.
See what I'm getting at? I'm sure that there is a way to make these things cost much less than they do.
But, like I said, it's an essential part of the Playstation.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2007 12:29:37 AM PST
Chris says:
I agree with you on the pricing. 8MB for $20-$30 is just ridiculous, since you can easily get a GB worth of flash disk for the same price.

Posted on May 19, 2008 6:16:56 PM PDT
Wow, lots of detailed information in there! Some points of compatibility I wasn't even aware of as a new owner. Thank you!
And yes, with the price of memory today, Sony is really milking it. It's like they're a gas company in Chicago or something. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2008 3:42:03 PM PDT
DarkJason says:
lol this review was 7 years ago lol and the memory cards still aren't cheap.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2008 9:31:30 AM PST
Agreed. PS2 is slowly starting to be phased out, and the PS3 is about to begin raping the 360, yet PS2 cards are still raping my wallet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2009 2:52:30 PM PDT
FizzyFizz says:
This must be Sony's way to keep making money even while losing money with each PS3 sold.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 7:42:16 AM PDT
what about difference about patent and original memory cards? for example i bought ps2 memory card 8mg. it was rated as original sony brand but i cant even attach the card to my ps2 console (fat console SCPH 50001). the card seems to be in awful quality compared to my old memory card. also i noticed the difference between the signs on the memory cards. on the memory card which i cant attach to my console is written - made in china. and there is written - made in japan on my old memory card. i think thats not the original one and the seller just trades with patent items! i am disappointed. please attract attention to the quality of the brand before buy it.

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 12:39:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2015 12:40:44 AM PST
SirBrad says:
But you don't know the difference between whether and weather...Lol. Good review nonetheless.
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