Playstation PAL NTSC Conversion Guide
A guide on playing PAL and NTSC games in another region
I am maintaining a list of games with the screen adjustment settings used. Anyone who has converted a game, please post what setting you used.
PS1 PAL to NTSC Little Big Adventure 46 and 16 Y position
PS1 PAL to NTSC Net Yaroze Demo Games 46 and 16 Y position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Alien Hominid 56 Y position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Beats of Rage 48 Default Y position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Bomberman Hardball 56 Y Position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Global Defence Force 48 Y Position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Lemmings ADR Patcher no Y Fix
PS2 PAL to NTSC Runabout 3 Neo Age 48 Y Position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Silent Hill 2 56 Y Position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Silent Hill Making Of DVD - DVD Decryptor
PS2 PAL to NTSC They Came From The Skies 56 Y Position
PS2 PAL to NTSC Who Wants to be a Millionaire 56 Y position
PS2 PAL to NTSC ICO 60hz Option
PS2 PAL to NTSC Maxxed Out Racing (Midas) 60hz Option
PS2 PAL to NTSC Michigan Report 60hz Option
PS2 PAL to NTSC Test Drive unlimited 60hz Option
PS2 PAL to NTSC Ultimate Mind Games (Midas) 60hz Option
GRAPHIC SYNTEHSIZER MODE SELECTOR (PAL PS2 / TV Has 60hz capability)
PS2 NTSC to PAL Final Fantasy X International
GSM: Video Mode: NTSC, X-Axis: -36, Y-Axis: +12, Exit type: PS2 browser
The Japanese and U.S markets both support NTSC so both systems are compatible in a 60hz signal. However going from PAL to NTSC or the reverse presents problems because of the different scan line rate. I'll post both the PS1
conversion techniques. Keep in mind a 50hz game runs slightly slower then 60hz, but the frame rate slowdown is hardly noticeable. PAL 625 line resolution cannot be entirely squeezed into a NTSC 525 line screen. But there are workable solutions.
Matthew Keller wrote:
Q: What does PAL mean?
A: PAL stands for Phased Alternation Line. It's the color television standard used throughout the British Commonwealth and the majority of the world. It has a 625 line resolution, and a refresh rate of 50 Hz
Q: What is NTSC?
A: NTSC stands for National Television System Committee. The NTSC color standard was developed by the Americans, and is used in North America and Japan, primarily. It has a resolution of 525 lines and refresh rate of 60Hz.
Note that to play a game in a different region, a Mod Chip or Boot Disc is needed. Going the Boot Disc route, the PSX
requires a door spring and the PSOne
needs a door switch Tab. For the PS2
there is a Slide Tool or Flip Top to work with the Boot Disc. The PS2 also has a great alternate method of a Hard Drive Install.The Hard Drive method: PS2 HARD DRIVE HDAdvance/HDLoader Guide
After Dawn wrote:
http://m.afterdawn.com/forums/t/f-62/121718/1PS2 PAL ICO TO NTSC CONVERSION
Can I tell what region the disc is before burning the backup?
Yes. Put your original into your PC drive. Locate the elf file. If it is named SLUS or SCUS, it will be the USA release. If it is named SLES or SCES, it will be the PAL release.
Okay nothing special here, since this particular game supports PAL 50hz and NTSC 60hz. I bring this up to show there are some games that allow this, though the region boot code itself still needs to be bypassed. The PAL game defaults to 50hz and prompts to choose a resolution in the opening screen. On a NTSC screen the 50hz default is distorted, simply press Down
and then X
. Be sure there is a memory card plugged in to save your settings so next time the game is booted, 60hz will default. There are other PS2 games listed at the Reference at the end of this OP.ICO is a great game made by Team IcoPS2 PAL 50hz / 60hz Game List
http://www.gamefaqs.com/ps2/915821-playstation-2/wiki/3-1-ps2-pal-game-50-60-hz-display-listGraphic Synthesizer Mode Selector
PS2 PAL game 50 / 60 Hz display list
Games without a US release
10,000 Bullets - 60hz - DVD
AFL Premiership 2007
All Star Fighters
Altered Beast - 60hz - DVD
Bust-A-Bloc - 60hz
Cel Damage Overdrive - 50hz - CD
Code of the Samurai - 50hz - DVD
Colin McRae Rally 04 - 50 - DVD
Demolition Girl - 60hz - CD
Detonator - 60hz
Dragon Blaze - 60 - CD
Energy Airforce aimStrike!
Evil Twin: Cyprien's Chronicles - 50hz - DVD
Final Fantasy X (PAL is enhanced) - 50hz - DVD
Forbidden Siren 2 50 - DVD
Gaelic Games: Hurling
Gigawing Generations - 60hz - CD
Global Defence Force - 50hz - CD
Global Defence Force: Tactics - 50hz - CD
Gregory Horror Show - 60hz - DVD
Gumball 3000 - 50hz - DVD
Gunbird Special Edition - 60hz - CD
Guncom 2 - 50hz - CD
Hard Knock High
Homura - 60hz - CD
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition - 60hz - DVD
Ico (PAL is enhanced) - 60hz - DVD
Jet Ion Grand Prix
Maken Shao: Demon Sword
Master Rallye - 50hz - DVD
Maxxed Out Racing: Nitro
Michigan: Report from Hell - 60hz
One Piece: Round the Land
Psyvariar: Complete Edition - 60hz - CD
Puyo Pop Fever
Realm of the Dead
Resident Evil Survivor 2: Code: Veronica - 50hz - DVD
Richard Burns Rally - 50hz - DVD
Runabout 3: Neo Age
Samurai Aces - 60hz - CD
Shinobido: Way of the Ninja - 50 - DVD
Singstar '80s - 50hz - DVD
SingStar Bollywood - 50hz - DVD
Sol Divide - 50hz - CD
Space Invaders Anniversary - CD
Space Invaders: Invasion Day - 50 - CD
Spy vs. Spy - 60hz - DVD
Steel Dragon EX - 50hz -CD
Street Boyz - 60hz - CD
Strikers 1945 I&II The Arcade Games - 50hz - CD
SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom - 60 - CD
Syberia II - 60 - DVD
Tengai - 60hz - CD
The King of Fighters NeoWave - 60hz - DVD
The Sword of Etheria - 60hz - DVD
Tian Xing: Swords of Destiny - 50hz - DVD
Viewtiful Joe - 60hz - DVD
Virtua Cop: Elite Edition - 50hz - CD
Wipeout Pulse - 60hz - DVD
World Rally Championship 4 - 50hz - DVD
World Rally Championship II Extreme - 50hz - DVD
World War Zero: IronStorm - 50hz - DVD
WRC 3 - 50hz - DVD
WRC: Rally Evolution - 50hz - DVD
WWII: Tank Battles
XII Stag - 60hz - CD
Xyanide Ressurection - 50hz - DVD
Zombie Hunters - 60hz - CD
Zombie Hunters 2
Zombie Virus - 60hz - CD
Zombie Zone - 60hz - CD
Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Special Edition (PAL is enhanced) - 50hz DVD
This is currently only a partial list of PAL exclusive titles. Will add more when time permits. Games with a US release
Killer7 - 60hz - DVD
Okami - 60hz - DVD
Resident Evil 4 - 60hz - DVD
REZ - 60hz - CD
Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call (AKA Nocturne) - 60hz - DVD
Super Dragon Ball Z - 60hz - DVD
A freeware ELF utility to convert PAL to NTSC and optional 720p and 1080i. Mixed results depending on the game.d123456 made a Thread here: viewtopic.php?p=417571#p417571 PS2 SWAP MAGIC
This disc will automatically convert the PAL and NTSC signal to work in the other regions. Just the display, the region check still needs to be bypassed. Used Swap magic in conjunction with a Slide Tool or a Flip Top.
A PAL to NTSC converted screen will have a few scanlines missing, which might be a problem if the important part of the game is all the way at the top or bottom. Swap Magic will display a PAL game in NTSC with the screen too low and not centered. The top portion of the screen is not even utilized, the bottom of the game screen disappears below.PS1 PAL NTSC CONVERSION
PS1 PAL NTSC PROGRAM LIST
Image Burning Software
First make an ISO Image of the PS1 game using your favorite image burning copy program. Make a backup to do the PAL NTSC fix
. This is very important in case a readjustment of the screen Y position is needed.
Part 1 - Find the sequences
1. Run PAL4U2K.EXE
and click the green arrow PAL NTSC selection.
2. Click Choose a file
and open the backed up PS1 Game IMG
3. Click Find SEQs
4. When the End of Track. Scan Terminated
appears click OK
5. A Game Name
will appear, followed by the Game Country
select box. Be sure this is set to the country region you want to burn in. Click Create PF4U File
Part 2 - Patch the sequences
1. Run P4UPATCH.EXE
and choose the PFU you just created.
2. Select the backed up PS1 Game IMG
with the Choose BIN/EXE
3. Click GO FOR PATCH box on the bottom right and wait.
Part 3 - Fix the screen position
1. Run ZAPPER2K.EXE
and select the Region
at the top.
3 Go with the default Y Screen
settings or change the numbers to adjust the screen.
2. Click Search
and once again select the backed up PS1 Game IMG
3. When the End of scan ! , Create ZAP File?
appears Click Yes
and give it a Name.ZAP
4. Click Apply ZAP
and choose the Name.ZAP
you just created.
5. Choose the same backed up PS1 Game IMG
one last time.
6. You have an option to create a backup, no need since this is the backup. Apply the ZAP patch.
7. The patch is a quick fix, you can now burn the CDR.
Note that a PAL screen is slightly larger then an NTSC image. The converted image's top and bottom will be cut off a few scan lines each. If an important part of the game is cutoff you can raise or lower the screen with ZAPPER2K.EXE
Y Screen adjustments but at a compromise of losing the other end of the screen scan lines image.Every time a Screen adjust Y Fix must be made, work off a new unconverted backup.
I have tried this conversion with an obscure PAL released game called LBA Little Big Adventure
. This game is special, it is also a PC game. The game works beautiful and is very playable even with part of the screen cutoff at the top and bottom. The players items are just visible at the top, a compromise of losing the very bottom line of text that pops up. Not an issue since this game also has a voice over describing the text.This game is fixed at the default 46 and 16 Y settings.
PS1 PAL to NTSC Little Big Adventure 46 and 16 Y position.
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More Information on the Little Big Adventure
game:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Big_Adventurehttp://www.magicball.net/games/lba1/lit ... d55ad52ce3PS2 PAL NTSC CONVERSION
PS2 DISC READERS BURNERS
DVD Decrypter - http://sksapps.com/mis/DVDDecrypter_18.104.22.168.exe
IMG Burn -
Burn At Once http://sksapps.com/mis/bao0995.exe
PS2 PAL NTSC PROGRAM LIST
PS2_PAL2NTSC_YFIX.EXE - http://sksapps.com/mis/ps2_pal2ntsc_yfix.rar
ADR Patcher - http://sksapps.com/mis/adrpatcher059ap.zip
Either YFix or ADR patcher can be used, some games might work on one or the other. Most of the games work fine with YFisx. PS2 games are easier to convert then the PS1 games. First make an ISO Image of the PS2 game using your favorite image burning copy program such as DVD Decrypter
or IMG Burn
.Make a backup to do the PAL to NTSC fix
This is very important since only a one time screen Y position can be done. Unlike the PS1 conversion the PS2 discs can be Y converted once only. There are two methods, try YFix first since it has a screen adjustment capability. Use ADR patch if YFix does not work.PS2 PAL2NTSC YFIX
1. Run PS2_PAL2NTSC_YFIX.EXE
2. Click Browse
and choose the backed up PS2 Game ISO
3. Default is 48
Y-Fix offset, to raise the screen choose a higher number such as 56
Most PS2 PAL games seem to work better at the 56
4. Click PATCH FILE
5. An older backup of the ELF file will be saved, no worries since this is a backup anyways.
6. Burn the IMG to a DVDR or transfer directly to the PS2 hard drive.PS2 ADR PATCHER
1. Run ADR Patcher
2. Click Browse
and choose the backed up PS2 Game ISO
3. Select from the Patch drop down bar .PS2 PAL -> NTSC PATCH ROUTINE (NO Y POS)
4. Select Begin Search
5. After the search and patches are found, click Proceed
6. Burn the patched ISO file.
Note that a PAL screen is slightly larger then an NTSC image. The converted image's top and bottom will be cut off a few scan lines each. If an important part of the game is cutoff you can raise or lower the screen with PS2_PAL2NTSC_YFIX.EXE Y Screen
adjustments but at a compromise of losing the other end of the screen scan lines image.Every time a Screen adjust Y Fix must be made, a new unconverted backup is required.
This conversion worked great on the PAL game Who Wants to be a Millionaire
, exclusive to the UK to work with Buzz
party controllers. Amazon.uk won't ship to another country, so I got help from a member who lives in the same region.http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=347451#p347451
At the attached pictures below I had to raise the screen up one notch to Screen Y position of 56
. This allowed the bottom of the PAL game screen to be visible on a NTSC HDTV.This game is fixed at the 56 Y setting.
PS2 PAL to NTSC Who Wants to be a Millionaire 56 Y position.
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PAL original disc booted NTSC mode with Swap Magic in the left pic. The fixed PAL converted to NTSC at Y Position 56 in the right pic installed with HDAdvance. Note the question prompts in each pic, left screen is cutoff.
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Pal4U with Game Compatibilty
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How to patch PAL to NTSC. Vice-versa and fix screen position
GSM Graphic Sythesizer Mode Selector
SKS NTSC to PAL Guide
Afterdawn PAL NTSC Forum
PAL Game List Conversion Reference
Playstation 2 60Hz Compatibility List