Just got my first next-gen system (PS2), question on memory cards...

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  1. jeff lam

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    Picked up the PS2 bundle at Costco last night for $265. Included the PS2, Jak and Daxter, extra controller, and one memory card. Thought it was a good deal. Anyway, I had a question about the PS2 memory cards. Please keep in mind that I haven't had any game consoles since SNES and haven't played much video games in years so please bare with me.

    How many PS2 memory cards do I need? I won't need one for every game will I? Also, does it matter which slot I have it in? In other words, will I be able to use both slots at the same time to get 16MB of memory? The instruction guide didn't really explain the memory cards very clearly.

    So how many will I need, maybe 1 per every 3-4 games?

    Thanks!
     
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    It all depends on what games you're playing. SOme games take up a tiny bit of data, other games like football or RPGs take up a lot. On my PSX I had 10-12 games on there at a time usually. Yes, you can use 2 memory cards at the same time (or 4 if you have the multitap) Keep in mind, you will need a PS1 memory card if you wish to save PS1 games and have the game be able to read them
     
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    Jeff,
    You will probably need just 1. They hold alot of games (how many depends on the game). You might want a 2nd one for backing up files.

    Definitely not one per game.

    I don't use my ps2 for ps1 games (I still have my ps1 which was modded for all regions) but I think for ps1 games you will need a ps1 memory card.

    Enjoy the PS2,
    Peter
     
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    Jeff K and I apparently were posting about the same time.
    He confirms the PS1 memory.

    Peter
     
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    Jeff Lam,
    On average (and keep in mind I don't generally play sports titles) each memory card holds over 10 game files (this is including games that drop system and saved game files into your memory card).
    I own 3 PS2 memory cards, and have about 30 games (ouch, saying that out loud hurt). Works just fine.
    [​IMG] Jak & Daxter's a fun game, enjoy!
    Joseph
     
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    So would it work/be ideal to have a PS1 memory card in one slot and a PS2 memory card in the other so you won't have to swap them out all the time?
     
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    Jeff:
    Yep, that's exactly what I do.
     
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    I like having two around just in case.
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    I only have 1 PS2 memory card and just short of 20 games. It still has a few MB of free data.

    I also have 4 PSX memory cards, all full (around 40 PSX games).

    Also, if you get two of the 5 slot multi-taps, you can get 10 PS2 memory cards hooked in at once...
     
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    Well if you get the Linux kit, Sony recommends 1 for booting Linux and a backup in the event of corruption of your primary boot memory card. So that's 2 cards eaten up. But for games a single card will go pretty far depending on the type of games you play.

    Leo
     
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    What's a Linux kit?
     
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    Sony made a Linux kit for the PS2 that includes a USB keyboard/mouse, a PS2 compatible version of Linux, a HDD, and a cable for outputting to a monitor. You put the HDD in the expansion slot, put the keyboard/mouse in the USB slots, and then you have to do all kinds of things to get the whole setup to work.
     
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    Before failing to get anything useful running, and return to using your Dreamcast for console-hardware Open Software running [​IMG]
     
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