8BitMods, a well-established manufacturer of gaming accessories, has recently opened pre-orders for the MemCard PRO2 – a new and improved version of the MemCard PRO that is compatible with both the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 consoles. This highly anticipated release combines all the popular features and performance of the original MemCard PRO for the PS1, while also offering some exciting upgrades and full support for the PS2. With a price point of approximately $44 and shipping expected to start by the end of this year, gamers have good reason to get excited.
MemCard PRO2: The Best Solution for PS2 Game Save Storage?
When the original MemCard PRO for the PS1 was released, it quickly gained popularity among gaming enthusiasts. Many found it to be a game-changer, offering a level of convenience and functionality that far surpassed traditional memory cards. In fact, the positive reaction was so strong that it spurred the creation of a video review to showcase its potential. While that video may now be outdated, it still gives a good preview of what to expect with the MemCard PRO2 for the PS2.
The biggest selling point of the MemCard PRO2 is its compatibility with both the PlayStation 2 and PS1 consoles. This means that gamers no longer need to purchase separate memory cards for each console. With the MemCard PRO2, they can enjoy all the features and benefits of the original MemCard PRO, while also enjoying the upgrades and enhancements specifically designed for the PS2.
You can order two versions for now that differ in color:
Value and Features
Priced at around $44, the MemCard PRO2 offers really great value for its functionality in my opinion. This is approximately the same cost as a few cheap original or knockoff memory cards, but with the MemCard PRO2, gamers gain access to a multitude of extra features and benefits. With the ability to use a single memory card per game when using optical drive emulation on the PS1, gamers will appreciate the convenience and organization that this brings.
Furthermore, the MemCard PRO2 has been designed with future homebrew options in mind. With direct MicroSD access, utilizing options such as FreeMcBoot and other softmod homebrew becomes significantly easier. Additionally, the MemCard PRO2 supports WiFi access, wireless cloud backup, and boasts a larger screen compared to its predecessors. These features enhance the overall user experience and make the MemCard PRO2 an essential accessory for any PlayStation 1 or 2 owner.
Memory and Storage
One of the standout features of the MemCard PRO series is the ability to store an incredible amount of game saves. The MemCard PRO2 is no exception in this regard. With just one slot, users can create an almost infinite number of virtual memory cards. For the PS2, a 1GB MicroSD card allows for the creation of a staggering 128 8MB memory cards. On the other hand, for the PS1, users can create up to 8192 memory cards per 1GB MicroSD card.
To ensure compatibility and convenience, users can configure the supported PS2 memory card sizes on their virtual memory cards themselves. The MemCard PRO2 will even automatically detect the console and adjust the emulation accordingly. This level of versatility ensures that gamers are not limited in their gaming experience and can make the most out of the available storage options.
Users have the choice of storing their files on a MicroSD card or on an externally powered USB flash drive or hard disk. The MemCard PRO2 supports MicroSD cards of up to 2TB, while the theoretical limit for an exFat volume on a USB device is 128PB. With such vast storage capabilities, gamers can store and manage their game saves without any concerns.
The MemCard PRO2 comes equipped with built-in WiFi capabilities, allowing users to connect it to their wireless network. This feature opens up new possibilities for remote management. With the MemCard PRO2, users can create, edit, and delete virtual memory cards without even needing to touch their MicroSD card. With WiFi connectivity, users can also manually set names for their cards or customize the GameDB assigned name to suit their preferences.
For those who prefer managing files directly, the MemCard PRO2 offers a built-in FTP server. This enables users to access files as if the MicroSD card were on their computer’s desktop. The seamless integration of WiFi features in the MemCard PRO2 adds a new level of convenience and accessibility to the gaming experience.
In addition, the MemCard PRO2 introduces automatic cloud backups right out of the box. Users can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their game saves are securely stored in the cloud. More details regarding the supported cloud backup providers will be announced at a later date, further enhancing the backup and retrieval options for users.
Enhanced User Interface
One of the notable improvements of the MemCard PRO2 is its larger 128×64 monochrome OLED display. This upgrade allows for more detailed presentation of information, including active status icons, the loaded virtual memory card, WiFi status, and the type of console it’s connected to. The increased screen size and improved refresh rate also result in smoother animations and marquee scrolling of game names, enhancing the overall visual experience for users.
GameID Support and Planned Features
Building on the success of the GameID and GameDB systems introduced in 2021, the MemCard PRO2 continues to deliver an intuitive gaming experience. With support planned for OPL (Open PS2 Loader), the MemCard PRO2 can automatically detect the running game and create or load a set of eight dedicated virtual memory cards. This feature eliminates the need for manual save management and ensures that each game has its own dedicated memory card.
Furthermore, the MemCard PRO2 retains support for ODE (Optical Drive Emulator) on the PlayStation 1 console. This means that users can continue to enjoy hassle-free gaming experiences with their favorite PS1 titles.
In terms of future developments, 8BitMods has plans to include a Small to Medium Business (SMB) client for automatic remote loading in diskless mode. This will further streamline the gaming experience and enhance accessibility for users.
Additionally, the MemCard PRO2’s USB host mode allows it to act as an SD card reader when connected to a computer. This enables users to easily access and manage the physical files on their MemCard PRO2’s MicroSD card, adding further versatility to the product.
The MemCard PRO2 from 8BitMods is set to revolutionize game save storage for PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 consoles. Packed with a multitude of features, including near-infinite storage capacity, WiFi connectivity, cloud backups, and enhanced user interface, the MemCard PRO2 offers exceptional value for its price point. With its compatibility across both consoles and support for popular homebrew options, the MemCard PRO2 is a must-have accessory for gaming enthusiasts. Pre-orders are now open, and shipping is expected to begin by the end of this year. Don’t miss out on owning the last memory card for PS2 Slim you’ll ever need!