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Old 03-17-2007, 05:36 AM   #1
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Getting an american Ps3 (ntsc), i live in england, will pal games work?

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I'm getting an american ps3 and i live in england, will the uk released games work ok on it.
heard that the blu ray movies wont work at all cause they region coded,
this true?

please help....
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:38 AM   #2
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Yeah they're region-free but movies aren't so you'll have to buy NTSC blu-ray movies.
Also you'll need to make sure your TV is NTSC compatible otherwise it won't display correctly.
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:48 AM   #3
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basically what you're saying is that its better for me to hold out until i can get a uk one. To make my life a lot easier in terms of getting games and movies that'll work no problem
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:52 AM   #4
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Not exactly. Definitely getting games from the US, if that's what you choose to do, will be cheaper than getting them from here, same goes for movies. Obviously you could still get games from UK anyway, they would still work, but movies you will be restricted. I heard of people getting games from America on eBay for about £25, now that's almost half what we pay here in the UK so it's definitely got its advantages but you don't need a US PS3 to do that since they will work anyway.

I hope all that makes sense
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:32 AM   #5
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PAL games will not work on an American PS3 nor a Japanese one. The PS3 is still region-coded and games that are region-coded, like PS2 and PSone games, aren't playable on systems from a different region. If you don't have any PS2 or PSone games, then get the US or better yet, the Japanese PS3. The only difference is that PS3 games are not region-coded.
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You will also probably need to get a transformer as the US and Japanese PS3 will run on 120v and we use 240v.
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Old 03-17-2007, 12:34 PM   #7
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PS3 IS region free. Meaning all the PS3 games around the world will work on the PS3 without too much of a problem. I *could* happen down the road that region encoding *could* happen but it's unlikely. The PS1 and PS2 games will be region encoded still so if you have a vast library of PAL games from past Sony console, you'll be out of luck for the backwards compatibility. Same goes for movies. Still, if you use your PS3 just for games, than you are golden.
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:36 AM   #8
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i got 3 games from america for £75 including p&p so if your happy to wait a week or 2 for a game i would advise going that route.

Just need 2 wait till the 23rd to find out if my tv is ntsc compatible (fingers crossed)
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:25 AM   #9
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i got 3 games from america for £75 including p&p so if your happy to wait a week or 2 for a game i would advise going that route.

Just need 2 wait till the 23rd to find out if my tv is ntsc compatible (fingers crossed)
Trust me mate you're hiring a brand new TV it'll be compatible.

My TV is around 5 years old so definitely not HD but it's NTSC compatible. Before that we had a TV that was about 8 years old and that could accept NTSC as well.

You've got nothing to worry about.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:14 PM   #10
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If the tv is standard definition then you will need to make sure it is NTSC compatible. My SD tv is about 9 years old and it is kinda NTSC compatible. NTSC has a slightly different resolution to PAL and runs at 60Hz instead of 50Hz.

If you have an HD tv then the point is moot. HD replaces the old systems of PAL, NTSC and SECAM (bloody french), with worldwide standards.

SO: If your TV is SD and around 10 years old it will do NTSC but not very well and if its HD then its fine no matter what.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:43 PM   #11
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will be using on my standard tv for a week or 2 after i get it, which i think is ntsc compatible, when i had resident evil 4 had the option when loading to use game at 60hz and worked with no problem.
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You will also probably need to get a transformer as the US and Japanese PS3 will run on 120v and we use 240v.
I live in the UK and got my Japanese PS3 a couple of days ago. There is no need for a transformer, i just bought a PC cable and it works fine. The PS3 has a built in transformer, which i know sounds stoopid as they don't want people importing them...
The only reason i imported mine was to get it cheaper and it sure was alot cheaper than £425! Bad thing with a Jap PS3 is that it only plays Jap PS1 and PS2 games and doesn't play PAL dvd's and the the blu-ray player will only take JAP or US coded discs. At least i can play games on it! woohoo!
Guess i'll be buying a mod chip when someone figures out how to crack this beast
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I live in the UK and got my Japanese PS3 a couple of days ago. There is no need for a transformer, i just bought a PC cable and it works fine. The PS3 has a built in transformer, which i know sounds stoopid as they don't want people importing them...
The only reason i imported mine was to get it cheaper and it sure was alot cheaper than £425! Bad thing with a Jap PS3 is that it only plays Jap PS1 and PS2 games and doesn't play PAL dvd's and the the blu-ray player will only take JAP or US coded discs. At least i can play games on it! woohoo!
Guess i'll be buying a mod chip when someone figures out how to crack this beast
Japan may well use 240v then. An American one would definitely need a transformer though as they only use 120v. If you put 240v into the PS3 then the transformer would only take it down to 24v which would fry your system. Eventually someone will open PS3s to multi region... and I didn't own a PS1 or PS2 so I don't care.
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:30 PM   #14
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Japan may well use 240v then. An American one would definitely need a transformer though as they only use 120v. If you put 240v into the PS3 then the transformer would only take it down to 24v which would fry your system. Eventually someone will open PS3s to multi region... and I didn't own a PS1 or PS2 so I don't care.
Japanese PS3's are 110v and no need for a transformer, i've checked on other forums and most come to the same conclusion when covering this subject. I don't have any ps1 or ps2 games either, hehe, i was 100% nintendo before my ps3!

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Old 03-18-2007, 06:19 PM   #15
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Japanese PS3's are 110v and no need for a transformer, i've checked on other forums and most come to the same conclusion when covering this subject. I don't have any ps1 or ps2 games either, hehe, i was 100% nintendo before my ps3!

£190 for a 20GB Japanese PS3 is tempting. Very tempting.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:47 AM   #16
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Hey... My girlfriend is from Hong Kong, i was going to get her to bring me back a PS3 over easter (tax free ),
from what i here HK is Region A so getting blu ray discs shouldnt be a problem since both the US and Japan are region A. Hong Kong uses british plugs so no adapters or step down needed.
I dont know if Hong Kong is NTSC or PAL, is there an easy way to test if my TV can handle NTSC...

Also, as i live in France for half the year, does anyone know if it will work on my dads french tv? i guess i will be fine if im using scart right? if not he'll be buying a HDTV
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:31 PM   #17
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I dont know if Hong Kong is NTSC or PAL, is there an easy way to test if my TV can handle NTSC...

Also, as i live in France for half the year, does anyone know if it will work on my dads french tv? i guess i will be fine if im using scart right? if not he'll be buying a HDTV
HK uses PAL, but you should get a HDTV anyway. You won't be doing your PS3 justice on SDTV.
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Hong Kong is most definitely PAL.
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Old 03-22-2007, 05:56 AM   #19
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Just took alook at the HK PS3 site, it states

"Q: Can PLAYSTATION®3 sold in Hong Kong play PAL content?
A: PLAYSTATION®3 sold in Hong Kong can play only NTSC (60i)
content at this moment. This means 50i AVCHD content
(recorded by video camera) and PAL DVD (SD) cannot be played.
These contents are now planned to become playable through
system update, which is planned to be released on 2007 spring."


So the TV output is PAL but the games are NTSC.... that makes no sence
Can u choose the out put from the PS3 to PAL??

can some one explain lol...

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Old 03-22-2007, 11:09 AM   #20
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HK uses PAL, but they basically got the Japanese NTSC system because HK is so tiny. There's no point in making PAL PS3s when Europe got delayed and the mainland isn't getting the PS3. It really doesn't matter because HK thrives on pirates. If HKians wanted to get legit games, they'll be importing Japanese games anyway.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:39 AM   #21
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Use software update v1.6 from Sony your UK HK US and Jap PS3`s will then be mult iregion as far as DVD`s are concerned, don`t know about Blueray though still games and dvd +mp3 three out of four ain`t bad.
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No, I have 1.6 and it isn't region-free for DVDs, I just tried it out with a HK DVD (legit). I do have the US firmware, but I'm interested to see whether using the HK 1.6 would add PAL.
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:32 PM   #23
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I have the HK version PS3 and it plays all but one Pal dvd withot problems since updating firmware to v1.6 including back ups the one it won`t play is Pearl Harbour UK Pal version the same as the others that will play,however that one won`t play in linux either only on standalone player.
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Old 03-27-2007, 12:38 PM   #24
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By the way the HK version is NTSC jap region not Pal although the native format for Hong Kong is a version of Pal but different to UK Pal.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:15 PM   #25
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PAL DVD support was added to the HK PS3 in 1.6, just not the rest of the NSTC PS3s.
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