PS3 Test system – Plays PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games (All Regions) + Developer Tools. Is it WORTH IT?


– Hey, guys, Metal Jesus here.
Now, recently on my channel,
I’ve been doing a series of videos
covering PlayStation 2 games
that we did not get in the U.S.
Specifically, I’ve been
covering a lot of PAL releases.
And the reason I’ve been able to do that
is because I’ve been
borrowing my buddy Reggie’s
PlayStation 3 Test system.
And it’s because of those videos,
I’ve been getting a lot
of questions from people
just wondering what the heck this thing is
and what does it do?
Well, we’re gonna dive into
that in this video because,
honestly, it’s kinda the
ultimate PlayStation 3.
Let’s take a look.
(upbeat metal music)
So, what is a PlayStation 3 Test system?
Well, it’s primarily used by developers
to test their games on final hardware,
but this particular model
has some really cool features
that’s also very attractive
to game collectors like me.
The PlayStation 1 and the
PlayStation 2 were region locked,
however, this particular Test system
will play PlayStation 1
games and PlayStation 2 games
in all regions.
It doesn’t care about any
sort of region locking.
And then, of course,
the PlayStation 3 itself
and all those games was region-free.
So, when you take into consideration
that about 3,000 games came out
for the PlayStation 1 worldwide,
and then another 4,400 games came out
for the PlayStation 2 worldwide,
and then the PlayStation 3
has a little over 2,200
games released for that.
That means this particular unit right here
can play over 9,700 games.
It’s crazy.
And because it was designed to
connect to an HD television,
all of those games output via HDMI,
so they upscale and look beautiful,
sometimes even with
little extra filters added
to make it look even better.
And it’s because of that flexibility,
these units not only
ended up with developers
to test their games, but
also some game reviewers
and journalists, and I believe
that’s where Reggie got this.
For the most part, this
looks a pretty standard
PlayStation 3 menu, but if you
go over here under Settings
and you go down to Debug, you’ll notice,
as I scroll through here,
there are a ton of options
you can mess around with.
Now, guys, I’m not a
PlayStation 3 developer,
but I did wanna jump in here
and show you some of the more
interesting options including,
right off the bat, look at this,
they have the O Button Behavior.
And I love this because you guys know
that if you’ve ever
played a Japanese game on,
like say, you know, a PlayStation 2,
or I think even Metal
Gear Solid does this,
that in Japan, the select button
is not the cross or the X,
it’s actually the O.
And it can drive you nuts
if you play a Japanese game
and you’re not used to that
because you’ll be constantly
backing out of what you intend to do.
And so here, you could actually set this
to the way the you want it to be.
If you want the O to be
Enter, you can do that,
or you can make it the Back button,
it’s actually really cool it’s there.
Check out this option
called NP Environment.
So, did a bit of research, and basically,
this is a way to preventing
your PlayStation account
from accidentally getting banned by Sony
if you put this online.
So, you actually can go into the keyboard
and enter the word invalid
and then Sony reads that
as an account that, “Oh,
okay, they’re a Test,
“so, don’t ban them.”
Here is Game Output Sound Debugger,
and if you go into the menu there,
you see a bunch of options here
where I guess you can force your game
to mix down into a scenario
where you can test with
on different speakers and
make sure it sounds correctly
and it’s mixed correctly.
So, that’s kind of interesting
’cause you can take a game
that is, like say, in 7.1 and
force it down into stereo,
or force it down into 5.1,
and basically just create
entire test scenarios
to make sure, again, that
everything is mixed correctly
depending on how the end user
would actually have their
audio set up.
Now, one thing that this
Test unit does not do
is that it does not play
Blu-ray movies at all.
And I was really surprised
to read this at first.
So, I was like, “That’s bizarre.
“Why would they do that?”
And then, off the menu, I see this.
HDCP On or Off.
And I was like, “Oh.”
So, what that does is is allows this
to ignore the copy protection
that would go over to HDMI cable.
So, that can be very useful
if you wanna capture gameplay footage,
or Test gameplay footage,
and you don’t wanna have to mess with it.
However, back when this first came out,
Sony was very interested
in selling Blu-ray movies,
and this would have been
a great pirate device
had they actually allowed
Blu-ray movies to play on this
’cause, essentially, what you
could do is turn that off,
put a Blu-ray movie in here,
and then through your video capture,
capture a flawless copy of a movie.
So, I thought that was
kind of interesting.
So, it’s cool that you can turn it off
because that way you don’t
have to mess with splitters
and things like that to
capture gameplay footage,
but, the same token, this
will not play Blu-rays at all.
I even tested it.
Couple other interesting
options here are NP Debug,
NPDRM Debug,
and NPDRM Clock Debug.
Now, you can turn that
on or off the Clock Debug
and did some poking around
and basically this all has
to do, of course, with DRM.
That’s basically digital
rights management,
and this is a way where you can test it
probably before actually going live
and make sure that the game actually runs
with or without it, but
again, I’m not a developer,
so I’m not 100% sure,
but that’s an interesting little
option to mess around with.
Here’s something that I’m
not sure what it’s for.
It’s called Pad Auto Detect.
And if you do some research online,
people think it’s for a paddle
that you could potentiation
plug into the PS3,
but I’m not aware of any paddle.
And I, (chuckles) I was
reminded off the main menu
that the PlayStation 3 supported the Vita.
And I was thinking that
maybe that back touch pad
might be what that’s referring to.
I honestly don’t know.
If you are a developer and
you’ve messed around with this,
I’d love to know if that’s
what’s that’s referring to is
when you have a Vita
connected to your PS3.
Speaking of handhelds,
here’s an option called
Adhoc SSID Prefix and PSP.
So, this is when you connect your PSP,
or I believe when you are
testing your PSP games,
because PSP, as you guys know,
had the Adhoc multiplayer ability,
so you could basically play
standing next to your buddy
with another PSP and you
could multiplay wirelessly,
so I believe that’s a
way for this emulate that
or at least do some testing.
Also, check this out.
Fake Plus.
Now, I bet you that is probably
so that a developer could test
whether or not they have a
PlayStation Plus account or not,
which would determine whether
certain things might be available
to purchase in your game.
That’s a guess,
but that probably sounds
like what that was for.
Fake Free Space.
So, that’s kind of interesting.
I suspect what that is
is that is where a tester can go in there
and pretend not to have very
much space on the hard drive,
which would be very useful to
know if your game would crash
if it actually ran out
of hard drive space,
or if you wanted to test maybe
downloading DLC or patches
and you wanted to make sure
that your game didn’t crash
if it ran out of room.
Here is Fake Save Data Owner.
So, I guess saved games are tied
to your PlayStation username.
And I could imagine where a developer
when they’re creating their game
also creates their own save files
that they then share with
the QA and test department.
So, those files would come over there
and then you can use this option
to load pretty much any
saved data that you’ve got
either from a developer
or even from online.
Like I mentioned, one of the
best features of this device
is that it runs three generations
of PlayStation games
regardless of the region.
And when it comes to PAL games,
that’s especially tricky because PAL games
basically run at 50 hertz as opposed to
North American Japanese
games, which run at 60 hertz.
And with this Test console,
99% of the time when
you just pop in a disk
regardless of region, it just launches,
and it works flawlessly.
And so by default, this Test console
will just auto-detect
whatever region its in
and then just do what’s
necessary to get it to work.
But when I was working
on those PAL videos,
there were a handful of
games that didn’t work
for whatever reason, and so,
it was nice to be able go into to settings
and go down and manually set the region,
and that basically solved all my problems.
So, because I was primarily
playing a bunch of PAL games,
I set them to Europe, or the UK,
and they just work flawlessly.
Now, one that happened
when I was using this
that I didn’t actually expect
when using PAL games on it
was that some games
when you launched them,
they would bring up with option
to potentially run the
game either in 50 hertz,
which it would normally
do, or in 60 hertz,
and sometimes you can
even set the resolution.
And so, it’s nice that
the Test system supports
the different frame rates
and any of the resolutions
that these games may use.
I guess what I learned
from borrowing is that,
in my mind, it really is
the ultimate PlayStation 3.
It plays three generations
of PlayStation games
across every region over 9,000 games.
It’s amazing!
But I need to point out
’cause I know a lot of you
are going into the comments
to say it, and that is
you can get a lot of this functionality
if you put custom firmware
on some of the early models
of PlayStation 3s that
you can buy at retail.
But that’s not the focus of this video
because I’ve never
actually done it myself.
I’ve seen it, and it actually
does look pretty cool.
It does look a little tricky, though.
You have to be a little tech-savvy
to make sure that you don’t
brick your PlayStation 3,
and, as far as I can tell, it
doesn’t work with every model.
But what I love about the Test system
is that it’s from Sony.
I mean, it’s just basically plug-and-play,
and it just works.
So, if you’re able to
get your hands on one,
they definitely seem
like they’re pretty cool.
All right, guys,
I’d love to know what you
thought about this video
down in the comments below.
And, as always, I wanna thank
you from watching my channel,
thank you for subscribing,
thank Reggie for letting me
borrow it, and take care.
(upbeat metal music)

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