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21 February 2006
SOCOM 3 maps on USB drives -- why not game saves too?
According to this Next-Gen item, Sony will provide downloadable maps for the PlayStation 2 game SOCOM 3 onto compatible USB mass-storage devices. That's certainly a practical solution, given the smaller PlayStation 2 model with no hard drive expansion bay.

Now, here's the obvious question: Why can't we use USB drives instead of Sony memory cards? Simple, no?

Oh, sure, I understand that Sony wants to make money off memory cards. But memory cards are the biggest thorn in my side when it comes to PlayStation 2 games because they're so depressingly small and yet so insultingly expensive. I own five Sony cards (three PS2, two PSOne) and I get a little bile in mouth every time I have to shift saves around to play a game.

There are technical problems, sure, but they could have been (and could still be) solved in a newer revision of the PS2 hardware.

Sony, for the love of all that's good and wholesome, get rid of memory cards for the PlayStation 3 and let me use some reasonably-sized storage medium at a price that doesn't make me hate you.
--Matt Matthews at 11:33
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This is yet another thing I love about my psp, with a 1 gig stick I'm unlikely to ever run out of space

By Anonymous zachary, at 21 February, 2006 12:32  

Is there any way to read/write a PS2 memory card on a PC?

By Anonymous Zach, at 21 February, 2006 15:30  

Zach, there are game saves on GameFAQs for PS2 games. They're labeled things like Max Drive, Sharkport 2, etc.

I assume they're like these things: Max Drive.

By Blogger jvm, at 21 February, 2006 21:13  

As a warning to anyone that buys that max drive piece of shit, it has a write lock (like old floppy disks).

If at some point you go to say, copy all your important save data to your max drive from your memory cards, then delete the data off the ps2's memory cards (all using the special softare included with the max drive), it will give you no warning whatsoever that the write lock is enabled and your files have been nuked.

Which is why the max drive I had was mysteriously destroyerated by a mighty boot.

By Anonymous zachary, at 21 February, 2006 23:06  

I just hate how damn slow it is to read and write to them.

I buy games for the gamecube specifically because of that reason (and I really like the wavebird).

The loading time kills the ps2 for me.

By Anonymous adrian, at 22 February, 2006 10:57  

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