Hibaihin categories and identification



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.

 

 

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.

 


 

Hibaihin


PAPX 90***

PCPX 96***

PTPX 970** (Utility Discs)

SLPM 80***

SLPM 840**

SCPM 8500*

PCPD 99501 (PurePure Vol.0)


 

Retail games


SLPM 85*** to SLPM 89***

SLPS 0***

SLPS 9****

SCPS 1****

SCPS 4****

SCPS 9****


Special data CDs from retail fanbooks


SCZS 9410*



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, SCPM & PTPX are SCE softwares (Sony Computer Entertainment) ;

- SLPM are Third Party softwares.

The other serials are no hibaihin.


Hibaihin or not?

Practical case 1

A demo of Metal Gear Solid is included with Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu '98 Kaimakuban.
A demo of Metal Gear Solid is included with Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu '98 Kaimakuban.
Let's take a closer look at the demo. It is written "NOT FOR SALE" on it. It's a good point. But the serial "SLPM 86098" indicates that it is a retail software (SLPM 86*** kind), not a gift...  And it's labelled "DISC 2". NOT FOR RESALE would better fit.
Let's take a closer look at the demo. It is written "NOT FOR SALE" on it. It's a good point. But the serial "SLPM 86098" indicates that it is a retail software (SLPM 86*** kind), not a gift... And it's labelled "DISC 2". NOT FOR RESALE would better fit.


Practical case 2

When you are confronted to a book with a demo CD such as this incredibly rare mook of Breath of Fire...
When you are confronted to a book with a demo CD such as this incredibly rare mook of Breath of Fire...
then take a look at the serial! SLPM 80115 is of the SLPM 80*** kind : it's a hibaihin. The CD here is a present.
then take a look at the serial! SLPM 80115 is of the SLPM 80*** kind : it's a hibaihin. The CD here is a present.


Practical case 3

Yarudora Sampaguita Fan book with CD.
Yarudora Sampaguita Fan book with CD.
SCZS 94103... It's neither of the SLPM80*** nor SLPM850** or PAPX90*** or PCPX96*** or SCPM8500* kind. It's not a hibaihin. The CD is not a present, you pay for the book AND the CD.
SCZS 94103... It's neither of the SLPM80*** nor SLPM850** or PAPX90*** or PCPX96*** or SCPM8500* kind. It's not a hibaihin. The CD is not a present, you pay for the book AND the CD.


Now you are ready. Browse and enjoy! ;)

 

Psinh