PS3 Test system – Plays PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games (All Regions) + Developer Tools. Is it WORTH IT?

PS3 Test system – Plays PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games (All Regions) + Developer Tools. Is it WORTH IT?


– Hey, guys, Metal Jesus here.
Now, recently on my channel,
I’ve been doing a series of videos
covering PlayStation 2 games
that we did not get in the U.S.
Specifically, I’ve been
covering a lot of PAL releases.
And the reason I’ve been able to do that
is because I’ve been
borrowing my buddy Reggie’s
PlayStation 3 Test system.
And it’s because of those videos,
I’ve been getting a lot
of questions from people
just wondering what the heck this thing is
and what does it do?
Well, we’re gonna dive into
that in this video because,
honestly, it’s kinda the
ultimate PlayStation 3.
Let’s take a look.
(upbeat metal music)
So, what is a PlayStation 3 Test system?
Well, it’s primarily used by developers
to test their games on final hardware,
but this particular model
has some really cool features
that’s also very attractive
to game collectors like me.
The PlayStation 1 and the
PlayStation 2 were region locked,
however, this particular Test system
will play PlayStation 1
games and PlayStation 2 games
in all regions.
It doesn’t care about any
sort of region locking.
And then, of course,
the PlayStation 3 itself
and all those games was region-free.
So, when you take into consideration
that about 3,000 games came out
for the PlayStation 1 worldwide,
and then another 4,400 games came out
for the PlayStation 2 worldwide,
and then the PlayStation 3
has a little over 2,200
games released for that.
That means this particular unit right here
can play over 9,700 games.
It’s crazy.
And because it was designed to
connect to an HD television,
all of those games output via HDMI,
so they upscale and look beautiful,
sometimes even with
little extra filters added
to make it look even better.
And it’s because of that flexibility,
these units not only
ended up with developers
to test their games, but
also some game reviewers
and journalists, and I believe
that’s where Reggie got this.
For the most part, this
looks a pretty standard
PlayStation 3 menu, but if you
go over here under Settings
and you go down to Debug, you’ll notice,
as I scroll through here,
there are a ton of options
you can mess around with.
Now, guys, I’m not a
PlayStation 3 developer,
but I did wanna jump in here
and show you some of the more
interesting options including,
right off the bat, look at this,
they have the O Button Behavior.
And I love this because you guys know
that if you’ve ever
played a Japanese game on,
like say, you know, a PlayStation 2,
or I think even Metal
Gear Solid does this,
that in Japan, the select button
is not the cross or the X,
it’s actually the O.
And it can drive you nuts
if you play a Japanese game
and you’re not used to that
because you’ll be constantly
backing out of what you intend to do.
And so here, you could actually set this
to the way the you want it to be.
If you want the O to be
Enter, you can do that,
or you can make it the Back button,
it’s actually really cool it’s there.
Check out this option
called NP Environment.
So, did a bit of research, and basically,
this is a way to preventing
your PlayStation account
from accidentally getting banned by Sony
if you put this online.
So, you actually can go into the keyboard
and enter the word invalid
and then Sony reads that
as an account that, “Oh,
okay, they’re a Test,
“so, don’t ban them.”
Here is Game Output Sound Debugger,
and if you go into the menu there,
you see a bunch of options here
where I guess you can force your game
to mix down into a scenario
where you can test with
on different speakers and
make sure it sounds correctly
and it’s mixed correctly.
So, that’s kind of interesting
’cause you can take a game
that is, like say, in 7.1 and
force it down into stereo,
or force it down into 5.1,
and basically just create
entire test scenarios
to make sure, again, that
everything is mixed correctly
depending on how the end user
would actually have their
audio set up.
Now, one thing that this
Test unit does not do
is that it does not play
Blu-ray movies at all.
And I was really surprised
to read this at first.
So, I was like, “That’s bizarre.
“Why would they do that?”
And then, off the menu, I see this.
HDCP On or Off.
And I was like, “Oh.”
So, what that does is is allows this
to ignore the copy protection
that would go over to HDMI cable.
So, that can be very useful
if you wanna capture gameplay footage,
or Test gameplay footage,
and you don’t wanna have to mess with it.
However, back when this first came out,
Sony was very interested
in selling Blu-ray movies,
and this would have been
a great pirate device
had they actually allowed
Blu-ray movies to play on this
’cause, essentially, what you
could do is turn that off,
put a Blu-ray movie in here,
and then through your video capture,
capture a flawless copy of a movie.
So, I thought that was
kind of interesting.
So, it’s cool that you can turn it off
because that way you don’t
have to mess with splitters
and things like that to
capture gameplay footage,
but, the same token, this
will not play Blu-rays at all.
I even tested it.
Couple other interesting
options here are NP Debug,
NPDRM Debug,
and NPDRM Clock Debug.
Now, you can turn that
on or off the Clock Debug
and did some poking around
and basically this all has
to do, of course, with DRM.
That’s basically digital
rights management,
and this is a way where you can test it
probably before actually going live
and make sure that the game actually runs
with or without it, but
again, I’m not a developer,
so I’m not 100% sure,
but that’s an interesting little
option to mess around with.
Here’s something that I’m
not sure what it’s for.
It’s called Pad Auto Detect.
And if you do some research online,
people think it’s for a paddle
that you could potentiation
plug into the PS3,
but I’m not aware of any paddle.
And I, (chuckles) I was
reminded off the main menu
that the PlayStation 3 supported the Vita.
And I was thinking that
maybe that back touch pad
might be what that’s referring to.
I honestly don’t know.
If you are a developer and
you’ve messed around with this,
I’d love to know if that’s
what’s that’s referring to is
when you have a Vita
connected to your PS3.
Speaking of handhelds,
here’s an option called
Adhoc SSID Prefix and PSP.
So, this is when you connect your PSP,
or I believe when you are
testing your PSP games,
because PSP, as you guys know,
had the Adhoc multiplayer ability,
so you could basically play
standing next to your buddy
with another PSP and you
could multiplay wirelessly,
so I believe that’s a
way for this emulate that
or at least do some testing.
Also, check this out.
Fake Plus.
Now, I bet you that is probably
so that a developer could test
whether or not they have a
PlayStation Plus account or not,
which would determine whether
certain things might be available
to purchase in your game.
That’s a guess,
but that probably sounds
like what that was for.
Fake Free Space.
So, that’s kind of interesting.
I suspect what that is
is that is where a tester can go in there
and pretend not to have very
much space on the hard drive,
which would be very useful to
know if your game would crash
if it actually ran out
of hard drive space,
or if you wanted to test maybe
downloading DLC or patches
and you wanted to make sure
that your game didn’t crash
if it ran out of room.
Here is Fake Save Data Owner.
So, I guess saved games are tied
to your PlayStation username.
And I could imagine where a developer
when they’re creating their game
also creates their own save files
that they then share with
the QA and test department.
So, those files would come over there
and then you can use this option
to load pretty much any
saved data that you’ve got
either from a developer
or even from online.
Like I mentioned, one of the
best features of this device
is that it runs three generations
of PlayStation games
regardless of the region.
And when it comes to PAL games,
that’s especially tricky because PAL games
basically run at 50 hertz as opposed to
North American Japanese
games, which run at 60 hertz.
And with this Test console,
99% of the time when
you just pop in a disk
regardless of region, it just launches,
and it works flawlessly.
And so by default, this Test console
will just auto-detect
whatever region its in
and then just do what’s
necessary to get it to work.
But when I was working
on those PAL videos,
there were a handful of
games that didn’t work
for whatever reason, and so,
it was nice to be able go into to settings
and go down and manually set the region,
and that basically solved all my problems.
So, because I was primarily
playing a bunch of PAL games,
I set them to Europe, or the UK,
and they just work flawlessly.
Now, one that happened
when I was using this
that I didn’t actually expect
when using PAL games on it
was that some games
when you launched them,
they would bring up with option
to potentially run the
game either in 50 hertz,
which it would normally
do, or in 60 hertz,
and sometimes you can
even set the resolution.
And so, it’s nice that
the Test system supports
the different frame rates
and any of the resolutions
that these games may use.
I guess what I learned
from borrowing is that,
in my mind, it really is
the ultimate PlayStation 3.
It plays three generations
of PlayStation games
across every region over 9,000 games.
It’s amazing!
But I need to point out
’cause I know a lot of you
are going into the comments
to say it, and that is
you can get a lot of this functionality
if you put custom firmware
on some of the early models
of PlayStation 3s that
you can buy at retail.
But that’s not the focus of this video
because I’ve never
actually done it myself.
I’ve seen it, and it actually
does look pretty cool.
It does look a little tricky, though.
You have to be a little tech-savvy
to make sure that you don’t
brick your PlayStation 3,
and, as far as I can tell, it
doesn’t work with every model.
But what I love about the Test system
is that it’s from Sony.
I mean, it’s just basically plug-and-play,
and it just works.
So, if you’re able to
get your hands on one,
they definitely seem
like they’re pretty cool.
All right, guys,
I’d love to know what you
thought about this video
down in the comments below.
And, as always, I wanna thank
you from watching my channel,
thank you for subscribing,
thank Reggie for letting me
borrow it, and take care.
(upbeat metal music)

100 thoughts on “PS3 Test system – Plays PS1, PS2 & PS3 Games (All Regions) + Developer Tools. Is it WORTH IT?”

  1. Hey you should do a video about burger bot on ds strange case of raity and value shooting up and i can find no videos about it. Currently 2 copies on ebay in box above 300 and 1 has sold for 200

  2. Annoyingly us lot in the UK got a watered down release of the fat PS3. The insides of our 60GB were basically the same as the US 80GB model, with only some of the PS2 hardware included with some games either relying on partial emulation to fill the gaps and other games not working or performing very poorly. I'd invest in an NTSC fat PS3 and hack it but the poor reliability puts me off that investment.

  3. Thank you to that ONE lovely person who explained that modded PS3s do the same thing…

    Thanks also to the MILLION other people who couldn't be assed to check if someone said it first, or even watch til the end.

  4. its a fat and i had bad luck with those 🤔 for the every day person just cfw a slim or fat 👍 if only the ps4 had this natively 🤷‍♂️ maybe ps5 for at least ps1 and 2

  5. I wanted one of these first generation PS2 hardware compatible PS3s soooo bad back in the day. But they cost too much.

  6. So is it the hardware that prevents playing a bluray or the software? could one simply swap out the drive with a regular ps3, i wonder?

  7. i still have my 80 gig ps3. blu ray went, but it still technically works. had to buy a slim. that one still works fine, but no backwards compatibility. i guess i don't mind, never used it anyway. my ps2 is still chugging along.

  8. given how rare this things are and they probably expensive, you might as well just get a pre-hacked PS3 with REBUG CFW and you get the same features of a full debug system, not just a test system that's 2 different console there.

    It wasnt mentioned in this video but you can play Cinavia protected video files on test ps3 without muting the audio on a test and debug system which on retail will trigger the Cinavia protection if you play a ripped movies on retail PS3.

  9. There are a few things that weren't mentioned….. and as a TEST system owner I thought I'd point this out, but I've also learned from the video too so <3 <3

    These test systems are known as DEX systems….

    The model you and I have are the only test units that can play PS1 and PS2 games so we literally have the crown jewels when it comes to PS3

    Saves are tied to your PSN account ID OR console not username HOWEVER there are tools that erase specific bits of data so that saves can be used on any system

    There is NO movie playback whatsoever so no VCD, DVD, USB or Blu-ray

    You'll also find you can't play audio CD's or any audio off USB

    Plus you can hop to any firmware you want, there are reference systems that'll go as low as the beta firmware….. BUT if you want to go from 1.0 to anything over 3.55 you'll need to use a special official firmware to do so.

  10. Very interesting. Are there any PS3 game QA's here who used this? A lot of manual test cases I guess turning these options on and off!

  11. That PS3 is awesome Metal Jesus but has no comparison to a loaded baked potato from Logans so no sale bro, no sale today friend.

  12. I'm seeing some pc games I acquired in a lot locally this week 260 big boxes, METAL JESUS IS THE BEST RETRO GAMING CHALLEL ON YOUTUBE AND THE FIRST I STARTED WATCHING! JUST LUCKY I GUESS!

  13. Why is it important to blur the serial number? It's not like Sony is doing much with the PS3 anymore or any developer for that matter.

  14. Let's not forget that this rare system also uses controllers with an "Oh" button instead of the typical circle button we saw here on the west. Jokes aside, love the video and channel as usual 👍

  15. My launch PS3 has been going through repairs over the last week and I don't know if it will ever be reliable again. I love the console and how it looks, but it will probably break again soon after I get it back. Might just spend the money on a better condition one and have it properly prepared with new thermal paste and a new fan so it won't die so easily. Also, you can get the scratches out of the original PS3s with car scratch remover.

  16. I've got one of the original PS3 consoles that can play PS2 and PS1. Sony's own PS1 emulator has lots of compatibility problems. Deathtrap Dungeon is broken. A lot of games with FMV (Rebel Assault 2, Wing Commander) have glitchy rendering problems. The physical disc version of Tomb Raider 1 doesn't work. Driver 2 has graphical glitches. I haven't tested all my games, but just this sample shows that Sony couldn't even make a decent emulator for the PS1 on their own hardware. Despite using actual PS2 emotion engine hardware in this model of PS3, even some PS2 games have problems. One example is Silent Hill 2, which has graphical glitches such as Harry's leg vanishing sometimes. I don't understand how Sony couldn't even make a PS1 emulator as good as the ones on the internet.

  17. H5y m5t1l m1n I got a s53ert 4 u. Gonna marry Mariah Carey n let's get the little game store bind them all together. Lord God told me he is gonna give them Karma thru us. We all. 11no22 there faults and how to start a game store company state wide. I say 10 stores per state at most. Let's do it the honest way .

  18. I don't have a test machine but I bought a backwards compatible early release machine a few months back and I love it. The PS2 upscaling is fabulous. I'm in Pal region so loving the recent PS2 vids. Love your work!

  19. The NP environment has nothing to do with avoiding being banned. It allows you to choose which environment you want to play on, dev or retail since online games are tested on dev servers even after the game has been released.

  20. I have had the PS3 slim for 10 years now and I recently heard it can play PS1 games. I don't know if it is true but I got rid of all my PS1 games but I am wondering if it does play PS1 games does it upscale them to HD and will they look better? I would go out and buy some of the ones I had to reminisce just see them how they would look in high quality. Let me know thanks.

  21. I don't really consider these as valuable as a PS2 Test console. Test/Debug PS3s don't have PSN access (anymore), nor can they decode retail packages which means no patches or DLCs for your disc-based PS3 games. Unfortunately, you risk getting banned using CFW on your PS3 if accessing PSN, which also kind of makes that a no go for me. It's why I've stuck with a PS2 Test and Slim PS3 combo, much as I'd like to consolidate into one machine. 🙁 It's basically an expensive novelty/shelf piece.

  22. did you see if these test models were more durable and better designed than the original ps3 fats? better or reliable heat dispersion/cooling? It' dbe great to get ahold of one, but not if it ends up cooking itself to death. Has reggie ever mentioned if it gets really hot?

  23. I still got my fat ps3 with the 4 USB ports in the front and it also play ps2 discs and ps1 discs but it not that test console

  24. Looooove my ORIGINAL FATTY BACKWARD Compatible PS3. I still have it sitting next to my PS4 Pro. Thank you MJR! I didn’t realize it could play almost 10,000 games! For the record, SSD drives DO NOT improve overall performance including cache. Save your money and get a high capacity HDD one instead

  25. MJR your MAC cube in the back ground made me love to see you make a retro MAC OS only games. I know modern games are slim but as a collector would love to hear your input on the games and systems that would play the most retro games.

  26. How reliable is your PS3 Test Console, MetalJesus? I've had a PS3 60GB Console PS2-backwards that crapped out on me that – to this day – I still have.

  27. If memory serves me correct, Pad auto detect just makes the controller pair when plugged over usb without having to press the playstation button on the controller when you boot or launch the dev or test kit. Also the NP setting do a lot more things like specify if you're pointing to dev or production PSN when debugging online stuff.

  28. The original PS3 that looked like this also played PS2 and PS1 games. I don't know about regions.

    I sadly gave one away when it blue-screened (I was dumb and didn't mess with tech) and I have one more that doesn't accept disks. I'll have to try to repair that.

  29. 2:45 I know MJ knows this, but for younger people: The PS1-era had western games that used o as select. (I forget which was "back") The PS2 introduced X for select and Triangle for back, then the PS3 continued X to select and started o to go back. (There could be some bleed-over between console eras.

    Also: Nier: Automata uses o to pick up items AND to go back in menus. I have to say, I like o to pick up items if X is jump. It's so annoying to try to pick something up or talk to somebody and end up jumping.

  30. A test kit isn't exactly the 'ultimate' PS3 console. That would be a dev kit… The fake plus is so that you can set any account to behave like it's a PS+ account for testing of online games… If you got anyone who worked QA last gen on your show, they could explain what all those debug options do.

  31. 7:10 Wow, if that's the case, they were planning PSPlus for ages! I remember when you could laugh at Xbox players for having to pay for multiplayer… (still can if any PS3 servers are still up, but it's a dying thing.)

  32. Idk why but the og ps3 just looks good to me and if I was given tge option between this and the slim I'd probably choose this yes I know it only has 60 gb but if I'm not mistaken you coulf put in a new a higher hard drive

  33. So does this test system even have a Blu-ray drive in it?  If not, it is scary cool that all you might have do to is open it up, put a Blu ray player in and copy your movies or copy the hard drive to put in a regular PS3!

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