Seeing as Square-Enix won't release the new expansion on PS2 out side of Japan I have a question. On another forum there was some discussion (more like a flame war) about the fate of the PS2 version, I was wondering if it were possible to run the JP expansion on an otherwise US release install, of course due to DNAS and region codes a debug system would be required (not an issue, I already have one) Yes I know it won't be out for a few months, but I would be interested in knowing as I prefer the PS2 Version. Relevent posts from another forum:
Jetackuu said: »
as for the rest of your post: you'd have to ask Leo about the discs, but iirc he said something about the way DNAS works, and if I am right the equipment for JP can't be used for the NA version, but I may be wrong, blame Sony+DRM.
PS2 does load faster, I've been saying that for ages, not just in this thread.
They do need to optimize their code more, from what I understand they were supposed to do that some with this expansion.
As for the PS2 code, the entire game is coded for the ps2, the other platforms are bad ports, take what you will of that.
Equipment for making Japanese discs can be easily changed to make USA or PAL discs. That's not a issue at all.
PS2 has 38GB of video bandwidth and 3.2GB of main RAM bandwidth... Given that it's kernel is quite "lean" and it also have a 32bit auxiliary CPU to offload I/O from the main CPU and the vector units (what PS2 has as 3D shader) that deal with 3D model tracing are part of the CPU, that should explain:
Why the code is so platform specific that PC and XBOX360 versions suffer in performance (CPU based rendering)
Why they originally put blame on the PS2 (they probably regret doing that now, as it's coming back to bite their butt)
But then here is why they put PS2 for NA in the back burner: There's no retail outlets for the discs.
Oh and like I said previously ALL versions of FFXI have Japanese, English, German and French text in the code, including XBOX360 and PS2 versions.
The PS2 FFXI install discs (from 2008 collection onwards) use a multi region installer and if you manage to boot it on a PAL PS2 and manage to make it boot, it will try to install FFXI using a bogus product code SLES-00000 but it proves that SE went into the trouble of coding at least the installer for the PAL version of FFXI for PS2.
But then looking at their style of coding it's very possible that the code for a PAL version of the client is dormant inside the game executable.
I don't know how many of you are aware of this, but all regional variations of FFXI for a given platform have the exact same files.
At the current version, Windows FFXI has only one file different with JP and NA clients. "patch2.cfg" which on the Japanese client is empty and on NA client has some files listed.
Edit: Alternately can a US account be used on an entirely JP version of the game. In the past I know it wasn't possible but the info from that thread coincides with the switch to a one-code registration.