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Playstation 2 PAL PS2 with NTSC games.

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by LAGMonkey, 14 Mar 2008.

  1. LAGMonkey

    LAGMonkey Group 7 error

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    I am going to be moving to Canada into my new house on May the 1st and ive been given the opertunity to aquire a PS2.
    However as i should have remembered, its a PAL system and obviously ill be buying NTSC games from now on.

    Is there any way that i can play NTSC games on a PAL system and more importantly will the PAL system be able to output to the TV at all?!

    Can i assume that the TV situation will be entirely dependant on the modle of TV that i will get? :sigh:
     
  2. mushky

    mushky gimme snails

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    I would aquire a PS2 in Canada. Cheap enough surely?

    otherwise you might be messing about with power converters and such???
     
  3. LAGMonkey

    LAGMonkey Group 7 error

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    well it was just that i was getting the PS2 for FREE (essentually). But i think your correct. Apparently at EB i can get a PS2 for $50.

    Canada and my new home here i come!!!
     
  4. keir

    keir S p i t F i r e

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    Get it for free, sell it and use the money in nanacad?
     
  5. automagsrock

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    Call me a noob, but what exactly is the difference between PAL and NTSC besides region coeds and power cables? Are the connections to the TV different or still the standard S-video/component/composite/HDMI? I guess I've just never really understood the differences that well :|
     
  6. benjamyn

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    older tvs wont diplay NTSC pictures (60hz) and some might show a picture but no colour
     
  7. LAGMonkey

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    NTSC has a refresh rate of 60Hz (this is related to the power coming from the sockets) but it also has 525 horizontal lines of data, there are other differeneces but those are the main things.

    PAL has a refresh rate of 50Hz and contains 625 lines. Which is one (but not all) of the reasons why old TV broadcasts from North America look crap on a UK set.

    The lack of colour that benjamyn is talking about is due to a thing called the "Color Subcarrier Frequency" which differes from NTSC to PAL.

    These days due to manufacturing efficiency, most TVs outside of North America can display both NTSC and PAL content (the chips inside them are flexable enough to swich frequencies) however due to some sort of protectionist deal TVs sold for the North American market might not display anything else but NTSC.

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    AND to add to the mix.... in America theyll be having ATCS soon (for High Def) instead of using DVB like the rest of the world!
     
  8. automagsrock

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    Wow. I did not think the differences were that much. Thanks for the info. Seems just like another Imperial vs. Metric debate lol.
     

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