Game preservation group puts more than 700 PlayStation 2 prototypes and unreleased demos...

Shawn Knight

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In brief: A group of video game preservationists have released a massive collection of more than 700 unique prototypes for the PlayStation 2. Collectively, the bundle consists of around 860GB of compressed data and is the first part of what sounds like a lot more to come.

The dump comes courtesy of Hidden Palace, the same folks that brought us the Sonic the Hedgehog 3 prototype in late 2019. This time around, they worked with a single person that was kind enough to let them look over and preserve each item in his collection with no strings attached.

The haul, dubbed Project Deluge, is being split into multiple parts – this PS2 collection is only the first part of a much larger dump. Hidden Palace contributors have painstakingly combed over everything to weed out final retail builds, narrowing the release down to unique content like press previews, tech demos, localization prototypes, debug builds and otherwise unreleased versions.

Hidden Palace has a running list of Project Deluge builds over on its website. As of writing, there are 752 entries.

Given the scope of the project and the questionable reliability of optical media, the team said it wasn’t able to determine the integrity of each and every dump in the lot. In other words, don’t be surprised to come across an error or two that directly relates to the dumping process.

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QuantumPhysics

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I never owned a "PS2".

I went with XBOX instead and never looked back.

But I did purchase a PSX off of Ebay to keep it MIB as a collector item.
 

Kirby1

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I never owned a "PS2".

I went with XBOX instead and never looked back.

But I did purchase a PSX off of Ebay to keep it MIB as a collector item.
You missed out. I had both, but I got way more enjoyment out of the PS2. The xbox was obviously much more impressive at the time but PS2 just had soooo soooo many good games. The xbox library was a drop in the bucket, other than Halo and maybe splinter cell there was not much that stood out on xbox. It was nothing like today how most games come out on all the platforms, PS2 had almost twice as many total games, and almost all of the games that came to xbox were ported from PS2, and rarely did they do anything to take advantage of the extra xbox power. I'm definitely glad I got to play halo back in the day on an OG xbox but I would not have traded that for all the fun I had with PS2.
 

3volv3d

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You missed out. I had both, but I got way more enjoyment out of the PS2. The xbox was obviously much more impressive at the time but PS2 just had soooo soooo many good games. The xbox library was a drop in the bucket, other than Halo and maybe splinter cell there was not much that stood out on xbox. It was nothing like today how most games come out on all the platforms, PS2 had almost twice as many total games, and almost all of the games that came to xbox were ported from PS2, and rarely did they do anything to take advantage of the extra xbox power. I'm definitely glad I got to play halo back in the day on an OG xbox but I would not have traded that for all the fun I had with PS2.

Halo had my friends hooked, and it was for its time pretty good.
But for me it was the multiplayer games that stood out on xbox. Conflict Desert Storm series, ruined when it went to PS3/PC.
And the bestest Ice hockey game in the world, NHL Hitz 2002/3.
That being said, PS2 was by far the better console.

I just took had a movement anime style. One Piece. But I forgot to flex on IG and YT.