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kathode
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« on: January 15, 2010, 12:43:52 AM »

So a friend of mine is moving to Egypt at the end of the month.  She wants to take her PS2 with her.  I've been trying to look into issues with PAL and NTSC video stuff, and there's a lot of really confusing info out there on the internet.  I know there are a few people here who have moved or traveled internationally a few times, so I'm wondering if someone here can give me a straight answer.

Will a US-bought PS2 (slim) work at all?  I know Egypt uses the PAL standard and the 220v standard. 
I assume I'll have to get a power converter, but will a US PS2 play anything at all on a PAL TV?  If not, can I get an NTSC to PAL converter that will allow it to play?
Also, are the games themselves tied to NTSC/PAL or is it the system?
Finally, I've heard that you can get an international PS2 that "just works" with all this stuff.  But I'm not sure where to look for that or what to search for.  All I've turned up are Japanese PS2s.  Is that what we want?

Thanks for any help!
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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010, 03:19:38 AM »

I don't believe plugging a US PS2 into a PAL TV will work.  Signals are really different.  She might have more luck if she uses a component cable to connect the PS3, but I'm not certain of that.  I've never looked into a PAL/NTSC converter, but I could see that being more trouble than it's worth (but I could be wrong).  If I remember right, PAL runs at a different horizontal resolution and refresh rate than NTSC.

I'm 99% sure the games are region-specific, so she wouldn't be able to just take her US games and play them on a system bough in Egypt. 

No idea about an international PS2 that would play games from all regions.

Getting a DS would probably be easier.
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010, 05:48:25 AM »

Quote from: Chaz on January 15, 2010, 03:19:38 AM

If I remember right, PAL runs at a different horizontal resolution and refresh rate than NTSC.

Yup, PAL is 50hz and NTSC is 60hz

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I'm 99% sure the games are region-specific, so she wouldn't be able to just take her US games and play them on a system bough in Egypt. 

No idea about an international PS2 that would play games from all regions.

Yup again....the PS2 was region locked. PS3 is the 1st Sony console that's region free, so if she managed to find a backward compatible model that would be an option.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010, 09:49:23 AM »

Quote from: Chaz on January 15, 2010, 03:19:38 AM

I'm 99% sure the games are region-specific, so she wouldn't be able to just take her US games and play them on a system bough in Egypt.  

The games are region specific yes.

I'm quite sure you use a NTSC console on a PAL tv. I've heard of a lot of people who have imported their consoles because they usually take ages to be released in EU.

I could play NTSC games on my modded PAL-PS2 with no problems (same with movies).
So PAL tv's can definetly show a NTSC signal, and new tv's (LCD/Plasma) don't use different signals afaik, so I can't see why it should be a problem.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010, 09:53:04 AM »

I've watched NTSC movies on my PAL tv - it depends on your tv and your player and their capabilities. Which is probably why there's so much confusion about the issue, since its hardware specific
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