“ Building a better system from the ground up sometimes involves digging into even the most mundane components. Take memory cards, for instance. To provide larger storage capacity and faster access rates--PlayStation2 cards transfer data 200 times faster than cards for the original PlayStation--PlayStation2 developers have upgraded the technology for the new memory card. The 8 MB Memory Card uses Flash Memory, the storage technology that's revolutionizing handheld computers, digital cameras, and MP3 players. In contrast, the 128 KB memory cards that were designed for the original PlayStation use memory blocks. While large files can spill over several blocks, you can't store more than one file per block in that design, no matter how small the file. The 8 MB Memory Card allieviates that problem by organizing and storing files much more like a computer hard disk. The new memory card for PlayStation 2 has a storage capacity of 8mb and a data transfer of up to 250 times faster than the PlayStation memory card. With more data intensive games to come, the extra capacity will be invaluable for saving p „
* Prices may differ from that shown
The Playstation 2 is a hugely successful games console which gave a huge step forward in the standards of games and graphics but with this came the need for more information to be stored and so a new standard in memory card was needed from Sony too but have they delivered?
The original Playstation used memory cards which used blocks for storage which led to the information and data transfer taking time to transfer but thankfully the PS2 memory cards are much improved. The cards use flash storage and so it means that rather than needing to use multiple blocks and sometimes having to write a full block even though only a small part was needed these ones now store information in organising and storing information in much the same way as the MP3 players, digital cameras and more.
The PS2 memory cards have a much improved transfer rate when compared to the original Playstation cards and in fact reach speeds for data transfer of 200 times faster.
The memory cards look great in black and when inserted in the PS2 console look great as they match together so well. The cards sit in the console comfortably and you need not worry about them slipping out no matter what.
These are a great value product as they can be purchased for about £5-£10 and so you can set these aside for certain games (for example I had a memory card specifically for the Grand Theft Auto series) and purchase more as you go rather than delete information when you aren't ready to do it.
The memory cards are easy to manage as you just log in to the card from the console and you can then delete, copy and format files with ease.
The 8GB memory card from Sony offers up a great data transfer rate and storage for plenty of saved games without the need to have a million and one cards laying around. Easily managed files means that you can copy, format and delete with ease through your console. The high speed data transfer thanks to flash memory usage means that you can save or load information quicker and easier than ever. I have been very impressed with the quality of these memory cards as they feel well built and like they are made to last and so even with their cheap price you needn't worry about losing your information once you have it sroted on these.
Thankfully, when I was purchasing the Playstation I got the "whole package", the salesman included the memory card without even asking - not the right thing to do from his side, but in this case I did not complain. I was never up to date with Playstation projects and quite frankly did not know that the thing needs a memory card. I would realize it soon enough though.
This memory card has 8Mb of free space, this sounds small (it even did at the point of purchase) and to be honest for my gaming needs it really is small. Each game that you play on Playstation creates a file that in general does not take up much space - it can be as little as few Kb. But some games, especially RPG games from my experience take up a lot of space (we can be talking megabytes if you have many different characters saved). I share the Playstation with my partner that also means that I share the 8Mb card. Between his sports games and my RPGs there is close to zero space for anything else. Whenever we purchase a new game we have to sacrifice an old saved game. True we could simply buy another memory card, that is always the plan but we always forget.
As far as reliability goes I can say I am more than satisfied, there never was any data loss or corrupt data in the past few years. Saving is quick and reading up saved files is also quick.
The case is pretty solid so if you are on the clumsy side you do not have to worry, if you drop it it won't break - this was sadly tested.
As it is a Sony Playstation product it is normally perfectly compatible with PS and goes in the slot smoothly.
They are cheap to buy these day, only £ 3.75 at amazon.co.uk.
The official PS2 memory card is the only one I have ever had for my PS2 and I never considered using third party ones due to knowing they had more problems. Since having just a few games and one memory card to save on, I now have 4 of these memory cards and well over 100 games from A-Z (quite literally).
Whether I want to play Avatar the last airbender, Zapper or anything in between I know I will be able to save the game and continue playing from there next time.
The cards are 8MB, which is a decent amount of memory. The amount of games you can save on them depends on how much memory each game takes up. I have 4 cards for more than 100 games, but not every game has a save file and some have more than one so on average I'd say you can probably save around 25 games or so on one card.
The main problem I have is trying to find the right memory card for the game I want. It is easy enough with just one card - it has icons for each game and tells you which it is so you can just scroll through and see them all. When you load up a game with a memory card in it will usually find it automatically and load it or you can go into the options and load it yourself. Having more than one card means checking each one to see which I need, unless I can remember when I bought the game and each card so I can take an educated guess at the one it is saved on (which very rarely happens). However, it is usually very quick at loading up all the icons and you can see at a glance whether the game you want is there or not.
These cards are very light and quite thin. They're not as small as PS1 cards, but they're not massive either. Once you've slotted into the memory card slot on the PS2 it doesn't stick out far and you hardly notice it. When not in your PS2 it can be easy to lose them. PS2 game cases do have a slot where you can store memory cards if needed though. Course if you are like me you'll probably end up searching through a massive pile of games and finding every card except the one you want so I tend to just keep mine on the shelf on top of my PS2 games so I know where they are.
You can get the official PS2 memory cards in black or you can also get them in blue and red. The blue and red are the same as the black, but if you already have 2 black cards like me you'll find the red and blue a nice change as you can at least tell the memory cards apart.
While these cards used to be rather expensive you can now get them for just a few quid. As with any item there is always the chance of files corrupting or it not saving for some reason, but overall these cards have never let me down and I highly recommend using these over third party versions.
Soon after the optical disc's were started to use as the main media for video game consoles, gamers needed a way to store a point in a game from where they could resume the play later. This is when Sony introduced its 8MB memory card. Thankfully the current generation of video game consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 use hard drives to store the game save data.
The original Sony PS2 memory card which has an capacity of 8MB is a must for all PlayStation 2 gamers. It uses the Magic Gate Encryption developed by Sony itself which rejects the production of third party PS2 memory cards as they will not the Magic Gate license. Memory cards without this encryption can also be used to save all PS2 game files but it cannot be read or write for latter use. There were quite a few third party competitors who introduced memory cards for PlayStation 2 users, it even came with larger storage capacities and a cheaper price. But all those third party memory cards are definitely not recommended as they tend corrupt very quickly.
The normal PS2 memory card has a storage space of 8000 KB approximately which is enough to store save data for all your PS2 games. Most of the games use a space of 100KB to 300KB and some games even less that 100KB. Few games like Splinter Cell: Double Agent (1024KB app), FiFa11 (550KB app), Grand Turismo 4 (nearly 1/4 of the total space) use lots of space. So you must delete the save file of the games you complete in order to free up space for the next game you start to play. For users who like to keep the save data of their completed games like i tend to do, I recommend you to buy a couple of Sony 8MB memory cards or buy an Sony 16MB memory for larger storage. I am a PlayStation fanatic and i own 3 Sony 8MB memory card and a 16MB memory card, but one of my 8MB memory card is corrupted. There are also more larger capacities like 32MB, 64MB and even 128MB(not sure about this) memory cards if you are looking for larger storage. But the problem is, with these memory cards you intend to save all your game files in it and suppose if it gets corrupted or damaged all your files are gone altogether. So, I recommend to use 16MB or atmost 32MB and also have a backup in another memory card for your most loved games.
Now i mentioned that one of my 8MB card is corrupted, this is the only problem one has to face with the PS2 memory cards. There is no way you can repair or format an corrupted memory, but there are a few softwares available on the net to format a memory card. I tried a couple a couple of those but in vain as none worked for me, but still many people were successful with it. This problem usually happens if you switch off your console or if there is a power failure while a save is progressing. Mine got corrupted as there was a power failure while an NFS Most Wanted save file was progressing. I just defeated Blacklist 3 and whoop my save file was gone, also it other game files like Final Fantasy 12 which i loved so much were also gone. This wouldn't be a problem for those who don't have frequent power failures. There other way a memory card may become useless is if its damaged, but this happens only at the extreme limit as its well protected by its top cover. Even your children will find it difficult to damage it. Just remove the dust from it every now and then using a small brush also clean the slots in your console too.
Overall PlayStation 2 console users have no choice as they definitely have to buy one but you can make your choice of MB capacity when you go for a second memory card.
It seems strange these days to have to have a memory card for your games consol. All ext gen consoles (ps3, 360 and wii) have built in hard drives which can automatically save your game data. There is nothing more frustrating than playing a game for a few hours only to realise you cannot save your progress. All PS2 owners need to buy one of these memory cards.
There are a selection of different cards available but this is the official playstation card, and the one I recommend as it is reliable and a decent size. The 8mb card allows many game saves to be conducted. Also you are able to delete saves as you wish, freeing up more space which can be used again. Also the card can be plugged into another playstation and data swapped between your card and another. This is a great feature allowing stuff to be transferred between you can a mate.
The card is black with the blue playstation logo printed on the front. It easily slips into the front of your consol and looks good when it in, blending in well the consol. The packaging is very simple blister pack, nothing fancy but you don't need anything more.
If you own a PS2 consol and don't yet own one of these memory cards then it is a must have. I defiantly recommend spending slightly more on an official one rather than a lesser quality card.
There is no two ways about this having the ability to save your game is essential you will be constantly playing the first few levels again and again. And Sony knew this and took full advantage of this by charging you £20 for a memory card. But as time has gone on you can get them cheap.
But for those early adopters having to pay for a memory card on top of the console and games it is a real kick in the teeth
The PS2 now is an extremely affordable, reliable console even after 10 years. The memory card its self is a no thrills product. Especially when compared to the the Dreamcast memory soloution which was the VMU a small device with an LCD screen that pluged in to your controller another example of innovation from Sega.
But a memory card doesnt reallly need to have any special thrills all it needs to do is to be able to save games and now you only need pay a few quid to get one
When you bought your lovely shiny new Playstation 2 with games and control pads you would have sat down and realised that maybe there was something you had forgotten to purchase. Then it hits you 3 hours into one of your new games. How and where do I save my progress?? That's right, before the next gen consoles there were no hard drives eagerly awaiting your game saves. Instead you needed to buy yourself a memory card.
Now the Playstation 2 memory cars were black in colour and styled on the console too. Obviously the colour was one thing, but it was rectangular in shape. It also sports the writing Playstation 2 written on it in a lovely blue colour, matching the console again. The memory card is very light and you could quite easily loose it.
The memory card is also 8mb in size so saving all of your game is easy. They don't fill up too quickly as game saves back in the day were usually measured in kilobytes, as opposed to gigabytes.
The packaging of the memory card is quite minimalistic in a blister pack just big enough to hold the memory card. It is quite eye catching seeing as the card background is bright yellow. You also get some stickers in the pack which you can use to label your memory card.
Now the memory card simply pushes into the slot above your controller ports, either memory card 1 or memory card 2. The memory card is pretty fast and data transfer is reliable quick and easy. But to be fair newer games automatically save so you will do no more than just play your game.
A definite buy if you're a playstation 2 owner. There are unbeatable and I have never seen one fail or loose data. I suppose some of it is down to how it is handled, but as I said I have never seen mine or friends fail ever. A great bit of kit that's reliable and worthy of the price.
We might laugh now sitting by our next-generation consoles, but once upon a time, consoles didn't actually come with hard drives, and we had to resort to these lowly memory cards! I fondly remember an advert for a PS1 memory card declaring "Try completing Final Fantasy 7 without it", and right they were: for any serious gamers, they were an absolute must, and as a result, Sony, business-savvy as always, made sure they were nice and expensive!
I am a stickler for official console merchandise and won't let any unofficial peripherals anywhere near my console as I just don't like them, particularly the memory cards as they aren't properly licensed and so I don't really trust their ability to retain my saves. The Sony memory cards though, by and large, are very good, and although you do hear of cards failing, I've never had such problems, and can only report good things. Most of the time any corruption (such as the infamous Soul Calibur 3 glitch) is down to the game rather than the card. In short, though, while they may be the most expensive, they are the best.
I just wish Sony had made the card a bit bigger, because to be honest 8MB never lasted me very long. I think in my PS2 run I ended up using 4-5 memory cards, and although it only worked out at about 1 card per year, I did have to shuffle data around a lot and often delete saves because I was desperate to play a new game. Admittedly the problem then was that I was a kid and didn't have funds to buy new cards, so for adults it's not so much a problem even if the cards did go for an extortionate price of about £20 each!
Although expensive, they were a vital component, even if we're now free to chuckle at how consoles never used to have a hard drive. Imagine what our kids will say!
The PS2 memory card is practically an essential if you have a Playstation 2 as without one you will not be able to save your games so will have to complete all your games in a single sitting or you will have to restart your game every time you want to stop playing!
The memory cards are available in various colours and I have a blue and a black one. They are quite small and fit nicely in the memory card slots in your Playstation 2. The card is quite small and does not take up much room. The card also weighs 12 grams which shows you it weighs very little.
With this card you can save up to 8 megabytes of game data which is loads for most of the games on the system but there are a few games which take up loads of room. An example of this is Gran Turismo 4 which takes up I think roughly 3 or 4 megabytes which is half of the memory.
To view all your data you go to the browser and you can see all your saved data. You can also delete data if you think it is useless and copy it onto another memory card which is quite a good feature if you have more than one memory card or want to take one around someone house e.t.c. I did however on one of my cards get something called corrupted data which took up about an eighth of the space which was annoying and I could not delete it! I think this was my fault though and not the card`s!
It is reasonably quick to save games and the card works perfectly well. Apparently this card is 200 times faster than the original Playstation memory cards. There is nothing wrong with this card but I think the one thing the original Xbox had over it was a hard drive with gigabytes of data so you never had to delete anything and this is what is so nice about the current generation of consoles!
You can also get larger size cards but these are not the official Sony ones but I think they work just as well.
When I bought one of these cards a few years ago they were roughly £15 but now they seem to have gone down a little and can be bought online for about £11 from places like Amazon.
Overall though this is basically needed to use your Playstation 2 and works almost perfectly.
This review may also appear on other websites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.
Sony Playstation 2 - 8MB Memory Card
This memory card for your playstation 2 allows you to save game and options on to your playstation on any game that you have for it. This card is really a must for anyone who own a ps2, even a semi serious gamer. As there is no hard drive built on the ps2 if you don't have one of these cards you cannot save any information or games. Imagine every time you turn your ps2 on you have to start whatever game it is from the very begining! It would be awful, especially on games such as Grand Theft Auto, which takes months to complete.
This memory card is more of a neccesity than a luxury which is slightly annoying. They also can be quite pricey as well, I paid £20 for the one that I bought a few years ago. There is plenty of space on there though, although I have filled it up now, it took me a while. It can easily have enough data to save over half a dozen games or so.
Overall, if you have a ps2 you need one of these, it's just a shame you have to get one in the first place.
The Playstation 2 8mb memory card is the solution for every gamer who cannot play though an entire game in a single sitting!
The device is small and portable, roughly the same size as a small biscuit or something but I'm guessing nowhere near as tasty!
The regular memory card itself is a black colour though I have seen then in various other colours like red and blue. The top of the memory card details you with what it is and there is a handy arrow so you know where to plug it in to your Playstation 2.
The memory card plugs into your console with a satisfying clunk and you can check it is properly detected by the system by using the consoles browser feature. Here you can manage data and copy it to other memory cards you may own.
During games when you select save it will write data to your card usually being a trivial amount such as 15kb but some games like Full Spectrum Warrior will eat nearly half of your space so you may need more than one depending on how many memory hungry games you own.
It's usually quick to save games and mine have never gone wrong which I have heard happens sometimes if you use the equivalent from other brands.
Though this is a good little device I am glad most consoles are now equipped with internal storage, or hard drives! A definite purchase for all Playstation 2 owners.
The Playstation 2 Memory Card is an idea carried over from the Playstation One, and is concept invented by Sony as a convenient and manoeuvrable way of storing game saves, although critics rightly point out that there probably was the technology at the time in order to make a internal memory unit, such as the one featured on the Xbox, however Sony opted for the expensive, portable option instead as a way of keeping a steady income stream from their Playstation 2 console.
The storage capacity of 8MB seems like a remarkably small amount and indeed it is, as current USB memory sticks can store often 2GB of digital content in a space probably much smaller. However when the concept was "updated" in late 2000 it wasn't all that bad and was certainly an improvement on the storage capacity that was provided by the previous generation's Memory Cards. The 8MB Memory Card that comes as standard with the Playstation 2 has enough space to store maybe a couple of dozen different game saves, which is acceptable as it is unlikely that a player will be flicking through this many games at any one time.
The card itself is very lightweight and easy to carry which makes it the ideal storage device for carrying around your Memory Card to friend's houses or in case of any game save related emergency that may arise in your day to day life. The card is also quite hardy and durable and handles knocks, bumps and scratches quite well, which is encouraging if you are carrying it around though it is also reassuring that should you drop it in the house then your valuable game saves will be almost certainly be intact.
There is a criticism of the Sony Memory Card however, firstly they are quite costly. A new one will cost you £8 on Amazon although they can be up to £15 in stores, which is very costly as far as 8MB of store goes. Alternatively you can pick up one for around £3 used, but when you factor in the postage costs it's probably just safer and easier if you get it delivered by Amazon themselves.
Overall the Memory Card for the PS2 isn't overly expensive and whilst you may think you can cope without it is impossible to save your games without one, which becomes a major inconvenience even after a few minutes play in most games. I would recommend that you get one now, as before we know it there will be a lot of "retro" gamers looking for them and they will be highly desirable and prices will inevitably rise, so you might as well buy one now if you think that you need one. It should be noted, however, that you don't need a memory card in order to play the older games on the PS3 as a clever program has allowed for PSone and PS2 games to be saved to the hard drive.
If you want to try beating a game without a memory card then good luck to you! However, for us lesser mortals this is a necessity and so this is when the often ignored device comes into play.
Since being released in 2000, it has been completely recommended that you get one of these memory cards. After all, saving your progress is part of the fun of gaming and the Sony memory card is tiny so can be carried around. It is 8MB. I have never actually filled mine up despite having a rather large game collection nor have I ever had issues with this branded type of memory card. In the past I have used cheaper types of memory card only to have my data corrupted or for the memory card to simply die for no reason.
It doesn't look special. It is 2inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide so only small and are black (matches the Playstation 2 console I guess). My only problem with it is that being so small, mine have often disappeared into my drawers or on my desk only to be found months later hidden in some shadow :)
They used to be very expensive. I recall paying around the £25.00 mark when I first got my Playstation 2. However, now they are around the £12.00/£13.00 mark:
Play.com- £12.99 (free delivery)
Amazon.co.uk- £.12.45 (p&p unknown)
Game- £14.99 (free delivery)
I have also found them cheap on Ebay but at the above prices, it might be worth paying more and having an guarantee with it.
I cannot stress the importance of owning a memory card if you play games! There is nothing more frustrating than needed to replay area's over and over again, and this helps to get you through those awful moments in gaming. Yes, this memory card isn't as cheap as some other brands out there but I have never had an issue with corrupt data etc. Would definitely recommend spending a little more and having peace of mind.
Computers have in-built memory so with pc games it is not a problem to save your progress.Playstation 2 does not have in-built memory to save your progress so it is very important to buy a memory card to play games especially adventure games which take a lot of time to finish.Initially I use to only play one on one fighting games like Tekken and King Of Fighters so I did not feel the need of buying a memory card but when I started playing games like God Of War and Winning Eleven,I found out a memory card was very necessary.I bought a 8MB memory card which was more than enough to save my game progress because most of the time I only play one game at a time.The memory card is black in color and sleek in design and there is a slot to insert it just under the controller.You can access the data in the memory card from within PlayStation 2 and delete whatever you don't need.It is very reliable and easily portable,I have never experienced any problem with my memory card till now.I will surely recommend you this product if you are serious about gaming.
Although I try to make my reviews fairly lengthy to ensure I include all of the information I feel is relevant to help someone make an informed decision I cant help but feel this one is going to be fairly short, there isn't a great deal you can really say about a memory card. This particular card is 8MB (8000KB), or 8 megabytes in size. It is compatible with the Playstation 2 console and is connected by slotting the card into the front of the machine just above the slot where the controller is entered. The slot is covered by a springy flap that has 'Memory Card' written on it to ensure there is no confusion and you don't try forcing the memory card into the controller slot.
I found the memory card had sufficient space to hold all of my save files, although I wasn't a collector of games, I only purchased the ones I knew would be good, therefore I went for quality over quantity. If I had have purchased 40 or 50 games the memory card definitely wouldn't have been large enough, therefore a subsequent card would need to be purchased. The amount of space each game took up varied widely from perhaps 30KB to 500KB or even more, so it wasn't really until you went onto the PS2's browser function that appears if no disc is inserted when the system is booted could you discover how much free space you had left. The good thing was that if you had a game you didn't play anymore you could delete its saved information and save your new games information.
Although the card was small (around 5cm x 3.5cm) and extremely light (less than 100g), it was very durable, I often dropped mine from quite a height and it didn't even have a scratch. My friend also dropped his in his cats drink bowl and after a few hours of drying out it was ready to go. Like many PS2 peripherals competitors released their own versions, most did the job fine but none were the trademark PS2 shade of black that unified the console and its add-ons.
One problem I did have was with the Playstation 2's playback feature that allowed you to play Playstation One games, when I tried to save my newly created Final Fantasy 7 game it wouldn't let me save it onto my new card, apparently the file sizes are far too small, let this be a warning, do not throw away your PS One memory cards, I had to hunt for ages to try and find mine after 30 minutes of taking out and putting in my PS2 memory card repeatedly thinking it was broken...
Other than that I had no problems with my PS2 memory card, it saved quickly and easily and never accidentally lost any of my saved games. My original card is still working to this day, around 8 years down the line and I will continue to use it in future. You can pick one up for less than £20 these days and on Ebay for less than £10.