Shocker: PAL PS1 (Download) Games Will Not Play in U.S. PS3

So here is the deal: You can login to forign PSN stores, as you can do login to forign Xbox Live Accounts. You can purchase and download things. Sometimes snafus come up. Here is one of them.

The PAL PlayStation Store, while being a baron wasteland, has PS1 games that the U.S. store doesn't have. Games like G-Police, Kula World, Crash Team Racing, Syphon Filter 3.

While you can purchase them, download and install them, you cannot play them on a U.S. PS3. You get this warning:

You cannot play this game at the current video output setting. (80028F10)

Which, oddly enough, is an error message people are getting for different reasons, even on retail Blu-ray games! So no, that error does not mean what you think it does.

While PS3 games are not region locked, PS1, PS2 and movie discs are. So it comes as little surprise that PS1 digital games are region locked too.

There is, however, a workaround. Slap the games on your Memory Stick and enjoy the fact that the bone heads at Sony made a very wise decision to not gimp the PSP. You can play any region game on the PSP, and this remains true with digital PS1 downloads, too.

Of course the question remains: Why don't we have games such as G-Police and Syphon Filter 3 on the U.S. PlayStation Store?

One final note: once custom firmware hits for the PS3, you can be sure this limitation will not exist anymore.

Comments (3)

BASARA [TypeKey Profile Page]:

but may i say something !

i bought a game *didnt downloaded* which is pal ! and it didnt also works and it said You cannot play this game at the current video output setting. (80028F10)

but does that makes me do deleat some data ?

BASARA [TypeKey Profile Page]:

but my console is american and it did worked with other pal games >_> why not this ! i would love to know ! ty

Ken Edwards [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I would love to know myself. It is a crock. You can only play them on your PSP.

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