I've got a slim silver PS2 and wanted to buy some PS1 games. I've noticed that the PS2 games that come on CDs instead of DVDs (blue disc vs. normal silver) spin loudly — it's like I left a hairdryer in my game cabinet! Just like how CDs spin up noisily in a PC or laptop DVD drive. I always found it an obnoxious design flaw.

Well, my question is: Do you know if PS1 games are like this in the PS2? If so, I'll probably spend the extra few bucks to get a PS1 to catch up on my vintage games.

  • Correct me if I'm wrong, you're asking if PS1 CDs are treated differently than PS2 CDs by the system? (E.g., whether they're spun slower?) Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 19:36
  • Yes, I wasn't sure if it needs to spin them up to a fast speed and hence is noisy like the blue discs, or it reads the data at a low speed - don't have one on hand to test myself. Thx
    – MachineElf
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 15:23

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I don't recall any PS1 games being particularly noisy in my PS2. Generally the drive speed is slower for PS1 games unless you change the settings in the menu.

  • Ah cool you can choose to set the drive speed? I'll check that out. And thx for the confirmation re: noise.
    – MachineElf
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 15:28
  • There are several options you can choose when starting a PS1 game. I think drive speed is one of them. The other, I think, is texture smoothing.
    – CyberSkull
    Commented Oct 6, 2011 at 22:40

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