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Japanese PSOne –
Hello everyone, I just joined specifically because I've been having trouble finding anyone who has brought up, let alone answered my question.
We have a lot of American original PS games and neither the PS2, nor the first generation Playstation want to read any of the discs.
I bought a PSOne when I was in Japan and it plays my Japanese games just fine, and being the only working playstation I was hoping there was a way for me to be able to play our American games on the Japanese system (I would rather not have to use an emulator since I can't use the playstation controller that way). I know that with the original Playstation you could swap out the disc at a certain point and quickly switch it out with the one you wanted to play, but I'm thinking that they may have done something about that with the PSOne.
If there really is no way to do it, than maybe someone could point me in the right direction to find information on trying to fix the Playstation that is broken (maybe even replace the lens).
Thank you for any help you may be able to give me ^_^,
You could always use the Breaker Pro. But you will need the Japanese version, which I don't think modchip.ca sells. I don't even know if a Japanese version exists. Anyway, I have been using it a bit and can confirm it working smoothly. It won't let you swap discs right in the gameplay though, which can be a disadvantage if you're into RPGs or just encounter another multi-disc game which requires you to change disc right in the middle of the game. It is also said to be problematic with games that use more than one CDDA tracks.
Another option would be installing a modchip, which you can also buy from that site. It requires soldering skills, and I would not recommend you to do it if you haven't soldered before. You could always talk to jinn on this forum, I'm sure he could offer to install a modchip for you. He also sells modchips as well.
You could of course always buy a new laser for your American PlayStation.
Last edited by Multiglobal; 03-29-2011 at 09:59 PM.
I was thinking about getting a mod chip eventually once I'm employed again but would either have to borrow the soldering tools from my brother or buy them... hmmm. I do prefer the mod chip myself since it worked so well with the XBOX but was hoping there was a mod-free trick I could do with what I have. I guess not though. It seems like for now I'll have to be happy with the SNES in the bedroom (the Wii just died on me for no reason so there goes that too).
Thanksies for the info, I will definitely purchase a mod chip from that website as soon as I can spare a dollar. I'm guessing I could purchase a USB adapter for my playstation controllers to be used with my pc? If so, do you know a reliable vendor?
If you know how to solder decently, I would recommend installing a modchip. If you don't know, you can of course still learn, but make sure to practice on some old junk electronics first. Make sure to tin the wires as well as the components with solder before they are connected to each other. Also make sure to have a really good soldering iron (15W or less), or if possible, preferably a soldering station. Perhaps it's just my personal preference speaking, since I sort of have a bad history with soldering irons (in my experience, many irons don't seem to be able to heat from the tip but only from the sides, which makes the job a lot harder).
Originally Posted by thegreasefire
Amazon seems to be selling those adapters you asked for: Amazon.com: PS PS2 USB Dual Controller to PC Adapter Converter: Video Games