More Playstation 2 Woes
It's been a few days since the Sony PS2 made it to (a few) people's homes and we're now getting a good idea just how well the European unit performs as a DVD player.
Unlike the US and Japanese models, the UK PS2 does apparently offer slightly better quality playback through a composite connection. That's where the good news ends though - the UK PS2 has serious problems with it's RGB output meaning that watching DVDs through an RGB connection is pretty much pointless. We're getting numerous reports that the RGB output results in a green hue - something that should have stopped the system ever getting through quality control.
In addition to this, those expecting easy multi-region playback are going to be sorely disappointed. While it may well be possible to convert the player with a chip or hack, one thing we won't be able to do is play NTSC material - this rules out the entire output of Region 1 along with a vast number of Region 0 titles. The best you can expect from an NTSC disc is a black and white picture...
At present we can't go into more detail on the Playstation 2 - mainly due to the fact that everyone on the DVD Times/DVD Forums team who preordered one is still waiting for it to arrive. So much for this much vaunted preorder scheme...
It appears that the PS2 does output NTSC after all. I've been contacted by both Neil from over at DVD Debate and Retronana who have both confirmed that the player outputs NTSC over S-Video with no problems. I've had a few more reports of RGB problems though, so the best way to make use of the DVD functions of the PS2 is to pick up one of the very rare Playstation 2 S-Video leads - good luck, they appear to be in almost as short supply as the console itself!