PlayStation Underground
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The first issue of the PlayStation Underground
CategoriesVideo game magazine
PublisherSony Computer Entertainment America
First issueMarch 26, 1997
Final issue
Q3 2001
CompanySony Computer Entertainment America
CountryUnited States
Based inFoster City, California

PlayStation Underground is a now-defunct American video game magazine, originally published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. The magazine focused on the PlayStation fanbase, including gaming on the original Sony PlayStation and the PlayStation 2, and was promoted as a "PlayStation fan club".[1] Unlike its paper-based counterpart the Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, PlayStation Underground came in the form of CD-ROMs which could be played on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles. Subscribers were also given access to a members-only website.[2] The magazine released its first issue on March 26, 1997[3] and its final issue in 2001. The magazine released a total of seventeen issues during its active years.[4] The magazine was eventually merged with Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine in 2001 when it was discontinued.

In 2015, PlayStation Underground returned as a video series where gameplay from upcoming games is shown in a Let's Play format while the PlayStation.Blog team discusses the game with the developer.[5]


Each issue consists of two CD-ROMs that can be played on a PlayStation or a PlayStation 2 console, or an emulator.[3]

Disc one

Disc two

The second disc contains mostly demos of upcoming games as well as game trailers. For example, in the second issue of PlayStation Underground the second disc was a Square themed disc containing demos to Final Fantasy VII and Bushido Blade as well as exclusive upcoming trailers of new Square games.[4]

Notable interviews

PlayStation Underground featured video interviews with many high-profile game designers as well as other notable figures in the entertainment industry internationally during their Debriefing, Tech Q&A and Behind The Scenes segments, these include:


PlayStation Underground's 'Holiday 2004' demo disc was released with a major glitch that caused the save data to be wiped on all memory cards connected to the PlayStation 2 if the demo for Viewtiful Joe 2 was played.[6][7][8] Sony sent an email to subscribers of the magazine warning users to remove the memory cards from the PlayStation 2 before inserting the demo disc.[6]


The staff of PlayStation Underground included:


  1. ^ "Sony Forms PS Club". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 91. Ziff Davis. February 1997. p. 26.
  2. ^ "Sony Wants You to Go Underground". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 94. Ziff Davis. May 1997. p. 24.
  3. ^ a b c Chris Kramer, Samantha Sackin (March 26, 1997). "PlayStation goes underground; PlayStation UndergroundClub launches with innovative CD-ROM CD..." Business Wire. Sony Computer Entertainment America. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e Giant Bomb Staff. "PlayStation Underground". Giant Bomb. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "Introducing PlayStation Underground". PlayStation.Blog. 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  6. ^ a b Thorsen, Tor (November 24, 2004). "Sony warns of major glitch in Holiday 2004 Demo Disc". GameSpot. CNET Networks. Archived from the original on November 30, 2004.
  7. ^ Becker, David (December 1, 2004). "Wipeout for PS2 memories". CNET CNET Networks. Archived from the original on December 11, 2004.
  8. ^ Bramwell, Tom (November 22, 2004). "American PS2 demo disc wipes save data". Eurogamer. Eurogamer Network. Archived from the original on December 6, 2004.