We’ve previously noted here on the blog that there were several PlayStation games that didn’t function properly and would crash when run through the Pandora’s Box 6. At the time, I didn’t think too much of it but I kept a log of where crashes seemed to be occuring. It looks like someone else – whose name I’ve forgotten – has figured out the issue as well as a workaround.
Rumble in the Jungle
Looking at the list of games that crashed consistently (linked above), someone appears to have noticed a pattern. It seems like the crashes are apparently caused by games using the controller rumble support. When we look at the list, we see a crash caused by the first jump in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, a crash caused by hitting the first jump in Hydro Thunder… these are both instances where you would expect a rumble in the controller to happen. But because the Pandora’s Box does not support controller rumble whatsoever, it appears to just crash the emulator entirely when a rumble is triggered.
So it looks like the real solution is to enter the game’s settings/options screens and disabling rumble support. Once rumble has been disabled, games no longer crash according to some people in the community. Unfortunately, disabling rumble usually doesn’t get saved so players will have to remember to kill rumble each time they play.
I’m going to be going back to the games in my compatibility list to see if disabling rumble gets them to stop crashing. Once I’ve verified that this fix is legitimate, I’ll go back to my compatibility pages and update the list with my findings.