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PlayStation Broadband Navigator (also referred to as BB Navigator and PSBBN) was software for Japanese PlayStation 2 consoles that provides an interface for manipulating data on PlayStation 2 HDD Unit.

History

Online services pertaining to the software closed on March 31, 2016.[1]

Restrictions

The PlayStation Broadband Navigator installation disc is reported to have a more strict region lock on it than normal PlayStation 2 software, as the software will only boot on NTSC-J systems with a model number ending in 0, meaning they are sold in Japan, making the software unusable on Korean and Asian NTSC-J PlayStation 2 consoles. As well as the software not operating on non Sony brand network adapters.

Features

PlayStation Broadband Navigator offers many features that are not available with the original HDD Utility Disc software. Some Japanese releases take advantage of the features, and may even require a specific version (or higher) of the software.

Non-Japanese Release

Sony Computer Entertainment America released the HDD on March 23, 2004 with HDD Utility Disc 1.01 and bundled with Final Fantasy XI. Consumers that knew about PlayStation Broadband Navigator were confused as to why it wasn't included with the HDD Utility Disc. SCEA's response was always that PlayStation Broadband Navigator would be released in North America "at a later date." This date now appears to be never in light that SCEA has switched to only manufacturing the slim, HDD-incompatible PlayStation 2 models and stopping manufacture of HDD units for their region.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sony Computer Entertainment Australia never released the HDD outside of the Linux Kit before switching to only manufacturing the slim PlayStation 2 model, so it appears that neither HDD Utility Disc or PlayStation Broadband Navigator will be released in those regions.

Broadband Navigator can be used on any PS2 by using a fan created modified/cracked build.

Compatible Software

See PlayStation 2 Expansion Bay.

See also

References

  1. ^ Romano, Sal. "PS2 Broadband Navigator to end service on March 31". Gematsu.