Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Cover Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.jpg
NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: E (Violence)
PEGI rating: 3+
OFLC rating: G
GRB rating: ALL
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLES-51192 & SLUS-20576 & SLUS-20576GH
Japanese: SLPS-20234 & SLPM-62513
German: SLES-51194
French: SLES-51193
Spanish: SLES-51195
Dutch: SLES-51218
Italian: SLES-51196
Swedish: SLES-51217
Danish: SLES-51214
Finnish: SLES-51216
Portuguese: SLES-51219
Simplified Chinese: SLPM-62241
Korean: SLPM-64528
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20576
SLUS-20576GH (Greatest Hits)
Release date: November 14, 2002
2006 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: C5473413
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-51192
SLES-51193
SLES-51194
SLES-51195
SLES-51196
SLES-51214
SLES-51215
SLES-51216
SLES-51217
SLES-51218
SLES-51219
Release date: November 15, 2002
July 9, 2004 (Platinum)
CRCs: C5473413
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-20234
SLPM-64528 (Korea)
SLPM-62513 (EA Best Hits)
SLPM-62241 (China)
SLPM-68005 (Demo, Coca-Cola Original Version)
Release date: November 23, 2002
December 10, 2002 (Korea)
July 15, 2004 (EA Best Hits)
CRCs: E1963055
E90BE9F8 (Coca-Cola Original Version, Korea)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): EA Games
Publisher(s): EA Games (US, JP), Electronic Arts (EU), Electronic Arts Victor (JP)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.4/10, GameSpot7.3/10, Metacritic71/100
Game description: Be Harry Potter in a new adventure with more magic, friends, and danger. In his sophomore year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a dark chapter in the school's past. In an effort to confront the powers at the heart of the Chamber of Secrets, you'll learn new spells, undertake new quests, make new friends, and challenge new adversaries. Do you dare take the chance that you might face the evil Lord Voldemort again?


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
1.0.0 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA 2.20(10/02/2006), Game not playable. Game freezes in the first loading screen, tried switching GS settings (allow 8 bit textures, switched renderer between Hardware and software mode).
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core2 Duo T5550 @ 1.83 GHz
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600
1.1.0 (r5483)
GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Game crashes before entering the menus, Slow speed in loading and crash.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3330
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850
1.1.0 (r5854) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Game freezes in the first loading screen, tried switching GS settings (allow 8 bit textures, switched renderer between Hardware and software mode)
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5 @ 2.40 GHz
  • ?
1.3.0 (svn r5927) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v01.60(07/02/2002), Speedhacks: EE Cyclerate:2, Skip MPEG/FMV once memory card check has been completed. Gotta be quick! Game not playable. Game freezes on New Game, looking into it now.
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-750 @ 2.60 GHz
  • ATI Radeon HD 4890 @ 1 GB
1.3.0 (svn r5939) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Game will not go past memory check on default emulator settings. If SuperVU legacy is used, the game can progress to the menus and will work correctly up until that point.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3330
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850
1.3.0 (git 28-May-2014) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Game freezes in the first loading screen.
PAL Windows
  • Intel i5 4460
  • GTX 1050 Ti
1.5.0 (7th September 2017 build) GSdx SPU2-X Europe v02.00 (14/06/2004). Game now fully playable. My patch is linked in the 'Known Issues' section. Compatibility report on the thread too, for further information.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5 6300U @ 2.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940m
1.5.0 (2nd November 2017 build) GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v01.60 (07/02/2002). Game playable with patch and Frame Buffer Conversion hack.
NTSC-U Windows 8.1, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
v1.7.0-dev-1907 GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), as they said in the comments on the official website of the PCSX2 emulator for PAL-game and everything works 100% at 1080p (60 frames). There were artifacts from small black squares, and now they are not there, because, I reconfigured the emulator. Chern40+7
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • AMD Ryzen 3600
  • AMD Radeon RX6800
1.7.0 Dev Build 2504 Gsdx
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
USA v02.30(20/02/2008), Software renderer, Without it no matter what I do assets are missing textures popping in and out. Auto flush Edge antialiasing, Minmapping. 12 rending threads, Async Texture loading, load textures, Precache Textures. All this made the game only have SLIGHT slow downs and only for a brief moment. Otherwise played the entire game and beat it to test settings. Geekyjet



Trivia

  • Original names: ハリー・ポッターと秘密の部屋 (SLPS-20234) & (SLPM-62513), Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens (SLES-51194), Harry Potter en de Geheime Kamer (SLES-51218), Harry Potter ea Câmara dos Segredos (SLES-51219), Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti (SLES-51196), Harry Potter et la Chambre des Secrets (SLES-51193), Harry Potter og Mysteriekammeret (SLES-51215), Harry Potter ja Salaisuuksien Kammio (SLES-51216), Harry Potter och Hemligheternas Kammare (SLES-51217), Harry Potter y la Camara Secreta (SLES-51195), 해리포터와 비밀의 방 (SLPM-64528), Harry Potter og Hemmelighedernes Kammer (SLES-51214)
  • Also known as Harry Potter to Himitsu no Heya (JP)


Known Issues

Graphic corruption

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: (Hardware Render) Graphical artifacts on the right quarter/third of the screen. Some levels has shadow flickering problem. (ex: Arrival at Hogwarts, Flying Pitch levels)
  • Workaround:
  1. As of November 2017 on the latest v1.5.0 development builds this issue can be fixed with enabling the "Frame Buffer Conversion" Hardware hack.
  2. For older versions use Direct3D with Partial CRC Hack Level.
  3. For fixing shadow flickering problem at "Flying Pitch" scene use recommended settings with "Instant VU1 hack: on with MTVU". At this time there is no workaround/fix for "Arrival at Hogwarts level" shadow flickering problem even with software renderer.

Fixed Issues

Bottom section of screen gets cut off when using Hardware Rendering.

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: Upscaling the video output from the native PS2 resolution to any other resolution causes the bottom section of the screen (about 1/6th) to get cut off and is replaced with a black bar instead.
  • Workaround: (23/9/21) Going to Config > Graphics Settings and unchecking "Conservative Buffer Allocation" under "Hardware Renderer Settings" will fix this issue.

Game freezes during gameplay.

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: The game will not work properly since it will randomly crash.
  • Workaround: This patch makes the game playable.

Vif1: Unknown VifCmd!

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Anytime you start a new game or load a savegame, the game may freeze with a bunch of Vif1: Unknown VifCmd! messages, even if the cut-scene has already started.
  • Workaround: Fixed in emulator build v1.7.0 dev-1996 and this problem in the console log and in game was no longer repeated. For older versions: do not extend VU Cycle Stealing to the end, because this may cause the game to freeze in gameplay.


Gameplay Screenshots


Public compatibility forum links