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Despite some of the discussion out there, this is not hard and should not take long! There are two main things to consider:

  • We're dealing with DNS, which stands for Domain Name Server here. What is that? Think of what happens when you visit obsrv.org in your web browser. Your web browser needs to know what IP address to connect to for obsrv, so it asks a domain name server what the IP address is for obsrv.org.
  • What we need to do to play the game is to tell the game which domain name server to use so that when the game wants to connect to the login address/game server for our game, it can get an answer that points to obsrv.org. And there are many ways of doing that!

Below are the quickest ways to get rolling, whether on PS2 or PCSX2. If you're one of the people that can't get connected via the methods below, fear not, because you can connect by heading on over to Alternate DNS Setups.

Once you have set up an in-game connection, it will work for both File 1 and File 2. The connection setup uses the exact same menu layout and options in both, so although this page uses File 2, File 1 will work the same way.

Potential time-saver

All of the methods within this page depend on your ability to reach the obsrv.org DNS server at 173.233.94.154. For an easy and quick test, open the CMD prompt on Windows and type:

nslookup kddi-mmbb.jp obsrv.org

The response should be the following:

Server:  obsrv.org
Address:  173.233.94.154

Name:    kddi-mmbb.jp
Address:  173.233.94.153

If you receive anything else as output, including:

  • DNS request timed out; or
  • a different address

then either your ISP is blocking outbound queries to alternate DNS servers, or perhaps your router is. If you don't know how to address the issue, then don't worry, but skip the methods below and head straight on over to Alternate DNS Setups.

Quickest connection setup methods

I. On a PS2


a. The traditional in-game connection setup method

Tried and true, this method also works in an emulator, but note: PCSX2 versions older than 1.7.x nightly have issues rendering the Network Settings application correctly, making manual input difficult.

A video demonstration of the process is available for those that prefer it, and may be particularly helpful if you are running on emulator and the rendering is a mess.

i. Getting to the Network Settings utility

Enter the NETWORK PLAY menu from the Outbreak main menu screen. Press O on the prompts in order to go forward and accept creating or using the save on your memory card. In the "Connection" screen, select NETWORK CONNECTION.

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Title screenMemory card warningNet file found
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Game informs it will load from memory cardChoose top option, 'Network Connection'Accept proper manners warning
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Enter the 'Edit Network Configuration'Press UP to select YES, then O

Note for emulator users: When you reach the NET CONNECTION on an emulator, it may be blank:

Blank screen, press F9 to fix

Simply press F9 to switch to software rendering mode to fix. When you're done setting things up, make sure to press F9 again to get back into hardware rendering mode.


ii. Adding a new connection in the Network Settings utility

The game loads the Network Settings utility. If you're running from HDLoader, this may not work. Either run from OPL, or from DVD mode. Use O to select options and RIGHT on the Dpad to advance forward.

If your Network setup menu is in Japanese or otherwise unreadable: Simply follow the same exact method as below, using the images or video. All of the button prompts and instructions to follow are exactly the same.

1:Choose Add Setting2:RIGHT3:Press O, then RIGHT
Add SettingBeginning of Setting Guide Mode, RIGHT on Dpad to advanceSelect the only available option, SCE/Ethernet by pressing O, then RIGHT
4:Confirm5:Not Required6:Auto
ConfirmPPPoE is not required, select bottom settingChoose Auto, top setting
7:Manual8:Input 173.233.94.1549:When entire DNS IP is input, press RIGHT
Select 'Manual,' bottom optionEntering 173.233.94.154Entire IP is entered, press RIGHT
10:Accept the name or create your own11:Scroll through the settings by using the analog stick UP or DOWN to verify. You should see Auto IP, Primary DNS is set to 173.233.94.154, Secondary not set. Press O12:Press OK
Name select, press RIGHT when doneVerifying IP set to Auto, Primary DNS set to 173.233.94.154, Secondary not setSave completed, OK
13:No need to test connection, but it does not make a difference14:Return to Network Settings Menu15:Press X to back out
Press no to skip connection testingOK to return to Network Settings MenuReturned to Network Settings Menu, press X
16:Press DPAD LEFT to select Quit, then press O to return to game
DPAD left to select Quit, O to Quit Network Settings and return to game

iii. Verifying the new connection profile and connecting

Return to the game, select NETWORK PLAY from main menu screen, choose top option at CONNECTION screen as before. Move the DPAD DOWN until the cursor is on top of the connection profile you created. Press TRIANGLE to bring up the settings and verify you have set the network configuration correctly.

Press TRIANGLE on your network profile to verify settings.

If yours matches above, then press TRIANGLE to dismiss the connection information. Press O to choose the connection, and connect.


II. Using PCSX2

Version recommendation

1.7.x nightlies with either UI, and 1.6.x and older versions are covered below. For more information on the versions, visit our Version comparison and recommendation.


PCSX2 versions 1.6.x and lower only: required Dev9 plugin download

If you are using 1.6.x versions or earlier of PCSX2, you will need to download CLR_Dev9 from here and place it in your "plugins" folder under the PCSX2 directory. Select the plugin in PCSX2.

Select CLR_Dev9 under Dev9

a. The pre-configured memory card method

Leotreves was kind enough to set up a memory card file that with all characters, levels, and other bonuses unlocked and a pre-configured network configuration with all of the settings set to "Auto," which allows us to connect in the vast majority of cases by setting one option in the PCSX network settings. You do not need to follow any other instructions from that thread.

If you prefer not to have all unlocks available from the start, simply skip to setting up the PCSX2 network configuration, and then create a network configuration with all settings set to auto.

i. Downloading and inserting the pre-configured memory card

Download the memory card file from this thread.

Enter the PCSX2 memory card settings screen. Move the memory card file into the "memcards" folder under your PCSX2 directory. Click "Refresh," and then right click "Mcd001 - Generic connection 12-29-2020.ps2" from the list and select "Use for Port 1". If you are on 1.6.x, right click and select "Insert." Note: if there was already a card in slot 1/port 1, eject it. The generic card has to be in slot 1/port 1.

PCSX2 1.6.x and below versions, 1.7.x nightly with wxWidgets UIPCSX2 1.7.x with QT UI
1.6.x1.7.x

ii. PCSX2 network settings configuration

Configure the CLR_Dev9 settings, accessible by Config-->Dev9-->Plugin Settings (1.6.x and earlier), or "Config --> Network & HDD Settings" (1.7.x nightlies)

PCSX2 1.6.x and below versions: CLR_Dev9 Plugin setup1.6.x CLR_Dev9 setup1.6.x CLR_Dev9 setup
PCSX2 1.7.x "Network and HDD Settings" wxWidgets UI1.7.x Network Settings with wxWidgets
PCSX2 1.7.x "Network and HDD Settings" QT UI1.7.x Network Settings with QT UI

iii. Verifying the pre-configured network profile is present and connecting

Start the game, choose NETWORK PLAY from the title screen, and check if you have the obsrv connection available under your network configurations. Reminder: press F9 to temporarily activate software rendering if you do not see text, but after verifying the connection is present, make sure to switch back to hardware rendering by pressing F9. If the connection is present, select it with your cursor and connect with O.

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Title screenMemory card warningNet file found
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Game informs it will load from memory cardChoose top option, 'Network Connection'Accept proper manners warning
Success! Obsrv connection is present
Obsrv connection is present.

iv. If you receive an error message and there is no connection to select

Some PS2 bios versions are not compatible with the NET file on the preconfigured card and no connection will be available. The below message appears and after pressing O, there are no connection profiles to select.

The NET file is incompatible
Choose the Edit Network Configuration option.Choose Add SettingChoose yes to delete the incompatible NETFILE
Select Edit Network ConfigurationSelect top option, Add Network SettingSelect yes (left) to delete Network Configuration File
Choose yes againDeletion confirmed, press O
Once again confirm delete (left)Press ok, deletion is confirmed

We will be setting up a new connection set to all auto, which is what the preconfigured card connection is anyway.


Creating a connection with automatic settings

Setting the in-game connection settings to "automatic" means that the game will pull in the IP address and DNS settings from DHCP, and in the case of PCSX2, allows the user to simply set the "DNS1" network setting to our IP so that the game will pull it in.

  1. Enter the Network Settings utility
  2. Create a new connection
1:Choose Add Setting2:RIGHT3:Press O, then RIGHT
Add SettingBeginning of Setting Guide Mode, RIGHT on Dpad to advanceSelect the only available option, SCE/Ethernet by pressing O, then RIGHT
4:Confirm5:Not Required6:Auto
ConfirmPPPoE is not required, select bottom settingChoose Auto, top setting
7:Auto8:Accept the name or create your own! 11:Scroll through the settings by using the analog stick UP or DOWN to verify.
Choose Auto, top settingName select, press RIGHT when doneVerifying IP set to Auto, Primary DNS set to Auto, Secondary not set
12:Press OK13:No need to test connection, but it does not make a difference14:Return to Network Settings Menu
Save completed, OKPress no to skip connection testingOK to return to Network Settings Menu
15:Press X to back out16:Press DPAD LEFT to select Quit, then press O to return to game
Returned to Network Settings Menu, press XDPAD left to select Quit, O to Quit Network Settings and return to game

Note for Linux and other OS users like Mac OS


PCSX2 1.7.0 nightlies merge the Dev9 plugin into the emulator and are therefore strongly recommended as they provide an easy way to run in socketed mode on non-Windows platforms, which is better than using pcap. Use the PCSX2 methods above to connect, noting that if you need to use the fallback method of using the built-in DNS server and your version does not have the QT UI, the location of the DEV9Hosts file will be dependent on how you installed PCSX2. You may want to check your home/.config or home/.local folder first.

What to do if these methods do not work


If you have no luck with these methods, as stated above, head on over to Alternate DNS Setups. If you're having trouble following any of the steps, still can't get your connection setup working, or need clarification, stop by Troubleshooting for a list of things to go over and how to submit a troubleshooting request.

General background information


Reference document drafted by the_fog: Networking. Note: some of the plugins and the IPs referenced are out of date, but this might help with a general outstanding of the connection process.

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