Setting up Beatmania IIDX on an HD television

Display settings

Generally, Beatmania IIDX is not a difficult game to set up once you have all the components. A Playstation 2 that can play the games (remember, Japanese games will not play on standard American Playstation 2 units), the games and a controller are all you need.

However, there is one additional point that may come to affect your gameplay significantly if you are not aware of it. Thankfully, you’re on this site and I’m a swell guy, so I’ll give you the heads-up.

The Playstation 2 is an old system now (which makes me feel old). It was not really designed with HD television sets in mind. What does this mean? Well, when playing games on a Playstation 2 that is hooked up to an HD TV, there is a miniscule amount of lag that takes place between the console and the television.

Normally, this doesn’t mean much of anything. I mean, when I say miniscule, I really am talking tenths of a second. However, Beatmania IIDX is all about that tenth of a second. That tenth of a second is going to be what determines the difference between your input being labeled as “Great” or “Good.” Or even “Good” or “Bad.”

Some HD televisions have a “Game Mode” that takes this into account. If you have an HD TV that does so, congratulations! Turn that on and start playing. You may have several “game modes” that you can toggle, which means you may want to do some trial-and-error testing, but most of them should have little-to-no lag out of the box. Hurray!

However, if you have an HD TV that doesn’t have a “Game Mode” option, don’t despair! Starting from the release of Beatmania IIDX 12: Happy Sky, Konami started including a “timing” option in the menu. With this, you can adjust the game itself to compensate for the lag between the console and the TV.

To find this setting, from the game’s main menu, select the “options” button. From there, cycle through the options till you find the “display settings” tab and select it.

Once there, you should see an option at the bottom called “adjustment timing.” Selecting this will display an x axis diagram that goes from -5 to +5. Depending on which game you are playing, you will either be selecting whole integers or be able to adjust to specific degrees between numbers.

Going towards the negative side will compensate the game for users who are seeing notes fall before the input is to be played. Going towards the positive side will compensate the game for users who are seeing notes fall after the input is to be played.

As you can imagine, this will take some trial-and-error before you can find the appropriate setting for your specific television. Thankfully, from Beatmania IIDX 13: Distorted onward, if you push the start button on the controller while in the adjustment timing menu, the game will play a test song for you to try out your new timing settings. You can cancel this song at any time by holding the start and select buttons to go back to the adjustment timing menu.

Honestly, my best advice is to find a setting that is feels “about right” and stick with it, because you can very easily drive yourself crazy trying to determine whether -3.4 is better than -3.5 or vice-versa. While Beatmania IIDX is a very strict game in terms of judging timing, it still has gives a player a bit of leeway with their timing.

Once you determine a good timing setting, save it either manually or through auto-save to your memory card, and you will be all set! Play a few songs to get used to it, and then you’ll be AAAing songs with the best of them.