Official PlayStation 2 Magazine Demo 44

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Official PlayStation 2 Magazine Demo 44
Official PlayStation 2 Magazine Demo 44.jpg
Languages supported:
English: SCED-52052 & SCED-52377
German: SCED-52052 & SCED-52377
French: SCED-52052 & SCED-52377
Spanish: SCED-52052 & SCED-52377
Italian: SCED-52052 & SCED-52377
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCED-52052
SCED-52377 (France)
Release date: March 2004 (UK)
April 2004 (EU)
CRCs: 90C0E5F1
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Publisher(s): Sony Computer Entertainment, Future Publishing
Genre: Demo
Game description: Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine (often abbreviated to OPSM2) was launched in December 2000 as the sequel publication to the Official UK PlayStation Magazine to coincide with the launch of the PlayStation 2 console. It ran monthly for 100 issues (note that some numbering confusion occurred in issues 2 and 3), with the last issue out on August 2008. Each issue has cover-mounted playable demo DVD. Some issues vary between the countries (Germany has the highest number of unique issues, save for issues 1-10, 23, 44, 46, etc.). Until around February 2005 UK magazines were issued a month prior to European counterparts.

  • SCED-52052 contents:
    • Demos: 007: Everything Or Nothing, Crash Nitro Kart, Downhill Domination, Kill Switch, Nightshade, Rainbow Six 3, Urban Freestyle Soccer, Whiplash
    • Videos: Dot Hack, Driv3r, The Hobbit, The Making Of Forbidden Siren
    • Saves: Chaos Legion, Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, Medal Of Honor: Rising Sun, SSX 3, Timesplitters 2

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Windows 10 Pro x64 21H2
  • Intel i7-9700k @ 3.60GHz
  • NVIDIA GTX 2070 16GB
v1.7.2952 QT
BIOS Europe v01.60, all demos are playable. Only the DOT HACK video shows unfixable audio stutters every 2 seconds. IlDucci


  • Also known as OPS2M Demo 44, UPS2M Demo Italia 04/04, OPS2M Regular Edition 04/04

Known Issues

Whiplash: Distorted textures

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In Hardware Mode, mipmapping issues cause several object and character textures to appear distorted from a certain distance. This issue also happens with the full game.
  • Workaround: This can be resolved with the latest v1.5.0 git builds. Go to Config > Video(GS) > Plugin Settings, and set Mipmapping to "Basic". For older versions set Renderer to Software mode by selecting one of the "(Software)" options and check that Mipmapping is enabled. Press the insert key in-game to toggle mipmapping.

Urban Freestyle Soccer: Black trails

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: In Hardware Mode, characters and objects leave a black trail behind, leaving the screen darkened.
  • Workaround: Play in Software Mode.

Dot Hack trailer

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The audio of the trailer has crackles every two seconds approximately.
  • Workaround: Unfixable for now.

Other issues unrelated to PCSX2

  • Crash Nitro Kart demo's screen will be displayed stretched out if your BIOS' language is anything other than English. This issue also happens in real hardware.
  • Downhill Domination will glitch out when exiting this demo if your BIOS' language is anything other than English. This issue also happens in real hardware.