When you get your nose into Japanese PS1 hibaihin softwares, you are confronted to all sorts of items. Here in occidental countries, we mainly have demos, store/media demonstration tools as well as a few lottery/contest prizes. As you can guess, in Japan, people went further... and some hibaihin are awesomely odd, sometimes very obscure whether it is in the shape they take or in the way they have been distributed. The catalogue is rich and includes many rare gems.
Here you'll find a comprehensive, never-done-before attempt of classification of Japanese softwares.
But let me first make a point about terminology:
Playstation hibaihin are not for sale softwares released out of commercial circuits and softwares given as gifts inside retail items. They have specific serials.
PTPX 970** (Utility Discs)
PCPD 99501 (PurePure Vol.0)
SLPM 85*** to SLPM 89***
Special data CDs from retail fanbooks
The table does not include DTL CDs (programmer tools & utilities, Net Yaroze).
SCPS = Sony Created PlayStation Software (1st & 2nd Party Studios)
SLPS = Sony Licensed PlayStation Software (3rd Party Studios)
SLPM = Sony Licensed PlayStation Miscellaneous ?
SIPS = Sony International PlayStation Software (made outside Japan but sold in Japan)
ESPM = Entertainment Sony PlayStation Movie/Music ?
SLKA = Sony Licensed Korea
PAPX = ? (SCE hibaihin)
PCPX = ? (SCE hibaihin)
PCPD = ?
SCZS = ?
PTPX = ? (Utility discs)
A big "Thank you!" to PCMASTERDAVE for the details of the letters ! If you are interested in serials for every region, you can watch his excellent video :
To sum up, there are CDs that companies make you pay and CD's that are given to you for free as presents (hibaihin). Sometimes, especially when it comes to books, it's difficult to figure out whether a CD is a hibaihin or not. To make sure, please refer to the serial number.
Why are the letters in hibaihin serials so different?
Here are the barebones:
- PAPX, PCPX, SCPS & PTPX are SCE softwares (Sony Computer Entertainment) ;
- SLPM are Third Party softwares.
The other serials are no hibaihin.
Hibaihin or not?
Practical case 1
Practical case 2
Practical case 3
Now you are ready. Browse and enjoy! ;)