List of PlayStation 2 games with HD support
The following is a list of PlayStation 2 games with support for HDTVs and EDTVs as well as the games that have a 16:9 widescreen mode. Generally, progressive scan mode is activated by holding the △ and ×, buttons down after the PlayStation 2 logo appears. When this is done, the game will typically load a screen with instructions on how to enable progressive scan. Many games only offer progressive scan through this method, offering no related options in the game's options menu. Both methods work on a backward compatible PlayStation 3 as well. Component video cables are required for progressive scan mode.
When progressive mode is enabled on PAL (576i) games, the resolution is 480p, not 576p. Note that not all games from PAL territories support progressive scan mode 480p even if their NTSC U/C counterparts do.
If a game doesn't feature a 480p mode itself, this and other progressive video modes can often be forced by using the commercial software Xploder HDTV player or the free Homebrew software GS Mode Selector (aka GSM). The use of these can give mixed results due to the method used to deliver frames. The system is still rendering 30 2-pass frames. In order to deliver each of the 60 frames used for progressive scan, it takes every pass of the 30 interlaced frames to make 60 frames. It achieves this by filling in the blank scanlines by repeating the last scanline. This is very noticeable with text in small fonts making them look blurry up to the point to be rendered unreadable. In addition, certain graphic filters (which are usually disabled in actual progressive scan) can also mess with the picture quality.
Widescreen mode can also be forced. Using the products of the PlayStation 2 emulation and homebrew scene, many games that don't directly offer a widescreen mode can be patched to use a true 16:9 aspect ratio. This is achieved by one of two methods: using cheat codes with a cheat engine like the commercial software Code Breaker or the free Homebrew software PS2rd; or by modifying the game executable permanently with a hex editor.
- ^1 Only in NTSC-J version.
- ^2 Only in NTSC-J and NTSC-U/C versions.
- ^3 Not released in NTSC-U/C.
- ^4 Only in NTSC-U/C.
- ^5 Not compatible with PlayStation 3.
- ^6 Can change these settings in option menu.
- ^7 Access the Progressive Scan menu by holding the × and △ keys together when the game boots up.
- ^8 Only in NTSC-J version with specific code.
- ^9 Name for the American market, in Europe is known as Driven to Destruction.
- ^10 The game sets to widescreen when it is prompted by the 16:9 ratio setting in the PS2 internal menu.
- ^11 For component video cable users: The arcade games in Arcade History mode will display in 240p. Some TVs don't accept this video mode over component cable. In that case a composite or S-video cable should be used instead.
- ^12 Name for the American market, in Europe is known as Sega Mega Drive Collection.
- ^13 Access the Progressive Scan menu by holding the × and ○ keys together when the game boots up.
- ^14 Activate Progressive Scan by holding the × and △ keys together when the game boots up. There is no confirmation menu.
- ^15 TV Type (Standard Scan/Progressive Scan) is determined only with the Guncon2. If the Guncon2 controllers are connected to both USB connectors, the TV type will be determined by Player 1. If Player 1 is using a Guncon and Player 2 is using a Guncon2, the TV type will be determined by Player 2. Note that the Guncon2 only works on SDTV and EDTV, but can still enable 480p on HDTVs
- ^16 Uses the vert- method, meaning the top and bottom of the 4:3 image are actually cropped, meaning less visible viewing area than when played in 4:3.
- ^17 There is no 16:9 aspect option in the game, though the image is cropped widescreen into 4:3 screen (wide TV's with the zoom function could get a true fullscreen image).
- ^18 Using the following cheat code: WIDESCRN
- ^19 Fake widescreen: The widescreen mode only affects the scaling of the menu and HUD elements, the in-game field of view stays the same (meaning the image gets stretched).
- "High Definition Game Database". Retrieved 2007-01-01.
- HDTV Arcade PlayStation 2 database
- Official GS Mode Selector forum
- Widescreen Patches in the PCSX2 forum
- Widescreen Patches in the PSX-scene forum
- Official PS2rd forum