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General Gaming FAQs

Playing old games on a PS4 or XBox One

Hang on to your old Sony consoles because the PS4 will refuse to play discs intended for PS1-3.

Microsoft have started to add backwards compatibity for a growing range of Xbox 360 games - there's a list on Wikipedia here.

Do PS1 and PS2 games work on a Ps3?

Want to play your PS1 and Ps2 games on your Ps3? Ps1 is easy - most games play fine on a Ps3 from the same region. We popped Resident Evil 2 into a Ps3 to see for ourselves. The console immediately prompted us to create an internal memory card for the game. Once we had selected to create a PS1 memory card (you could also create a PS2 card), the game loaded straight away. It played fine with a slightly brighter, sharper picture quality than on the original system. Surprisingly, Ps1 games are region-locked and you will get an ugly message from your Ps3 if you try an NTSC Ps1 game in a PAL console.

Unfortunately, the 40Gb console or (another surprise) the 80Gb/160Gb consoles are not backwards compatible with PS2 games! Same goes for the Slimline incarnations.

You can tell if you are the proud owner of the sought after 60Gb model - the USB cover on the front should pop up to reveal 4 lovely USB ports.

What about XBox games on my XBox 360?

The simple answer is no they won't play. The time you spend in trying to get them to work would be better invested in buying an original XBox console.

We did publish a link to a Wikipedia list of compatible games and a link for downloading an update disc from Microsoft but our recent (2015) attempts to get original xbox games to work on a 360 have all failed and we can only presume that Microsoft have patched the consoles to refuse to play original xbox games. You may get a particular 360 console to play these games but we can only guarantee the original XBox games we sell to work on an original XBox console.

According to Microsoft, select digital and disc-based Xbox 360 and original Xbox games can be played on Xbox One. These backward-compatible games use an emulator for the older Xbox operating systems, providing most features of those systems, such as broadcasting and screenshot and game-clip captures. There's more info about playing 360 games on Xbox One on the Microsoft website.

Here's a list of backward-compatible games for Xbox One on Wikipedia.

Playing PS1 games on a PS2

Still wondering whether your favourite PS1 game will fire up on the PS2? Overall, there's very little need for concern as only a handful of games will not play better than they would on the original console.

The PS2 uses emulation software to run PS1 games and on the whole it does a good job. There are two options in the browser screen which are switched off by default - fast loading and smooth texture mapping of PS1 games. Start the PS2 with no game in. Press triangle to access the 'Version' Screen. On 'Playstation Drive' press triangle again and you can toggle them both. They only affect the playing of PS1 games.

You will need a PS1 memory card to save your PS1 game as the save data is organised in blocks compared to PS2's Kb measurement. We recommend only the official cards as some third party ones are not recognised by a PS2.

What's the deal with used games and online pass codes?

Since 2010, a number of XBox 360 and PS3 titles have been released with single use codes to access some of the features of the game. Usually, the 1st user of the game will redeem the code. Electronic Arts has been predominent in releasing games with single use Online Pass codes e.g. FIFA and Battlefront. Most online passes can be purchased via Playstation Store or Xbox Live.

At Chillout Games, We actively try to describe any downloadable content or restricted online features in the game description so that our customers have enough information to make a decision. We log games with single use codes and mention in the description of the game for sale that the code may have been used.

in practice, the used game market price automatically adjusts for the lack of the pass code. This can be because some people only want to play offline, or the used price is low enough to justify buying a pass code seperately, or the game is older with limited or no online community or the downloadable content is not considered important. If you have purchased a game which does not have the features that you expected, contact us within 30 days and we will be more than happy to arrange to get the game back for a full refund.

Can I play retro games on my LCD TV?

Your retro console should work on an LCD TV if the channel is tuned in correctly. It needs to be tuned to UHF36 (not channel 36). If the console aerial lead has one, make sure the adapter/switch is set to 'RF' not 'ANT. Also, make sure the console is powered up.

It could be that your TV is autotuning in steps e.g. UHF 35.5, 36.0, 36.5 and not homing in on the retro frequency. Also, the TV may have noise reduction turned on which could hamper tuning.

You can rule out whether the aerial lead is faulty (the most likely cause) by trying it on a CRT (old fashioned) TV. Try twiddling the lead in the back of the console to rule out a bad connection. Also, if the signal changes when you move the lead around it is getting interference from nearby devices and needs changes.

The only conclusive way to test it would be to see if it works in another TV which hasn't got Freeview built in if you can find one (making sure the TV aerial lead isn't connected).

Channel5 may be broadcasting on the same frequency that the console uses so you may have to remove the Freeview aerial (if applicable) when tuning in the TV. You will need to choose a blank channel e.g. 7 and manually tune the channel using the menus on the TV. We haven't experienced the Channel 5 problem first hand - the broadcast channel should be UHF35 whereas the console will be approximately UHF36.

Can I play UK games in America and vice versa?

Most last gen or older video games have some form of region lockout built into the software or console but there are ways of getting most PAL UK/European region protected games to run on a US console.

Taking PS1 for example, if your Ps1 has a socket on the back marked 'Parallel i/o' then you can plug a cartridge into it which enables you to play USA games on it. They have a few names such as ‘Game Hunter’ and ‘Action Replay’. On later grey Ps1's or mini white ones (all models of Ps1), there's a CD that does the same job. Its called a PS-X-Change Boot CD. For Gamecube its a Freeloader disc.

For a full compatibility list check out the chart on our sister site Retro Games.

Can I still go online with older consoles?

You can host your XBox 360, original XBox, PS3, PS2 or PSP game on Team xlink - TSFP capture the bag Mexico, anyone?

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