Accessing Cheat Code Input on the PlayStation 2

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Controller Basics

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You can use the PlayStation 2 controller during gameplay and cheat code entry, but it's helpful to know the shorthand associated with cheats. Abbreviations are often used in cheat codes; for example, a cheat instruction might state, "Press L1." That means: Press the "Left No. 1 Shoulder Button."

For details on all controller buttons, go to the next page. Bookmark or print the following page for easy reference until you are familiar with the controller and button descriptions. Also, check out our PS3 cheat code guide for more cheats. 

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Controller Button Descriptions

PlayStation 2 Controller with details on how to enter cheat codes.
PlayStation 2 Controller with details on how to enter cheat codes. Sony - Edited by Jason Rybka.

1. Buttons L1 and L2 are indicated as left shoulder buttons 1 and 2 or L1 and/or L2 in cheats. Sometimes, you can use these as buttons for entering cheat codes.

2. Buttons R1 and R2 are indicated as right-shoulder buttons 1 and 2 or R1 and/or R2 in cheats. Sometimes, you can also use these as buttons for entering cheat codes.

3. The directional pad is indicated as "Directional Pad" or "D-Pad" in cheats. This is the most common directional input method for cheat codes.

4. The X, O, triangle and square buttons are indicated individually. These buttons, normally used with the D-Pad, are the most direct method for inputting cheat codes.

5. The select button is sometimes used to enter cheats during gameplay.

6. The start button is indicated as "Start Button" or "Start" in cheats. Some cheats require that you press the start button before inputting codes.

7. The left thumbstick is indicated as "Left Thumbstick" or "Left Analog" in cheats. In some cheats, you can use the left thumbstick as a directional.

8. The right thumbstick is indicated as "Right Thumbstick" or "Right Analog" in cheats. In some cheats, you can also use it as a directional.