What I said about the PS1 memory card can be said about the PS2 memory card as well. Memory cards are evil. If Sony was wise they would do what Microsoft did with the X-Box and include a memory system as part of the system instead of having the consumer spend more money on an item that should be part of the system to begin with. But unfortunately, if you want to save any progress on any games you play, you have to have one. Also, unlike PS1 cards, the Sony PS2 card is the best memory card out there for the PS2 system so instead of saving a few bucks and getting a cheaper memory card, it's usually better to just buy the Sony version instead and save yourself some time, money, and trouble. PS2 memory cards won't save info from PS1 games, so you have to buy cards for both systems in order to play all games. An expensive extra necessity if you own a PS2.
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Building a better system from the ground up sometimes involves digging into even the most mundane components. Take memory cards, for instance. To provide larger storage capacity and faster access rates--PlayStation2 cards transfer data 200 times faster than cards for the original PlayStation--PlayStation2 developers have upgraded the technology for the new memory card. The 8 MB Memory Card uses Flash Memory, the storage technology that's revolutionizing handheld computers, digital cameras, and MP3 players. In contrast, the 128 KB memory cards that were designed for the original PlayStation use memory blocks. While large files can spill over several blocks, you can't store more than one file per block in that design, no matter how small the file. The 8 MB Memory Card allieviates that problem by organizing and storing files much more like a computer hard disk.