Accessing Cheat Code Input on the PlayStation 2

PlayStation 2 Controller with details on how to enter cheat codes.

Sony - Edited by Jason Rybka

You can use the PlayStation 2 controller to enter cheat codes, and it is helpful to know the shorthand associated with cheats so you know which buttons, triggers, and sticks are being referred to.

Controller Button Descriptions

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."

The image details the buttons, their names, and their locations.

It may be useful to bookmark or print these for easy reference until you are familiar with the controller and its button locations and names.

  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.
  1. 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.
  2. The right thumbstick is indicated as "Right Thumbstick" or "Right Analog" in cheats. In some cheats, you can also use it as a directional.