What is the most ominous sounding console startup noise?

I realized today that the PlayStation 2 startup noise kinda startles me. I think it‘s because as a GameCube kid I always saw it as the “forbidden adult console” because of marketing and the fact a lot of popular games at the time were M rated stuff like Metal Gear Solid or GTA which to my naive kid brain I thought were the video game equivalent of a snuff film, and I sort of associated the startup noise I would hear at friend’s houses as something “adult.” I think Sony‘s intent was supposed to convey this sense of wonder and infinite possibilites with the power of the PS2, but it always sounds eerie to me. It doesn’t sound inviting to me in the same way say, the Dreamcast or Wii U startup sounds do.

What console sound do you find unsettling, and what about it evokes that feeling for you?

Unmodded PS2 with a burned disc of a game in the drive hands down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uHLQHjtPLE

jaguar is good contender. starts with a big cat noise and follows that up with a super discordant jingle… thing… that feels like somebody came up with it in a day.

https://youtu.be/RKl3TkUyyvI?t=6

I also find the PC-fx startup alarming.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwSEJXuNhs0

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@“exodus”#p114184 Jaguar

Atari executive: make sure you get a cube in there somewhere

I think PS5 has some spooky music… so much so that if I‘m idling on the ps5 menu i’ll always scroll to something like Spelunky 2 so I can hear more upbeat music instead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ijzA400iw

@“connrrr”#p114183 And the PS2 startup screen somehow becomes more terrifying. That red mist and forboding ambience sounds like you're being sent to hell for pirating a game.

@“exodus”#p114184 That Jaguar sound sounds more like a game over screen than something you would associate with wonder or fun.

[Also, when anyone mentions the Jaguar I want everyone to know about this bizarre informercial.](https://youtu.be/n79Zv3kGF04)

https://youtu.be/2I2ie9Ag7ds

Most stressful of them all has to be [the VMU beep](https://youtu.be/GiBKBZ0SwSY) (especially if you have two controllers with two VMU plugged in) but, talking specifically about OS-level ominous music, I agree nothing is as foreboding and depressing as the weirdly dissonant @"Tradegood"#p114192 PS5 home menu. Feels like we are already five minutes into The Last of Us or some spooky medieval survival horror. It was especially jarring on the year the console came out (2020) when everything outside indeed felt post-apocalyptic.

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@“HeavenlyHalberd”#p114180 I think it’s because as a GameCube kid I always saw it as the “forbidden adult console” because of marketing and the fact a lot of popular games at the time were M rated stuff like Metal Gear Solid or GTA which to my naive kid brain I thought were the video game equivalent of a snuff film, and I sort of associated the startup noise I would hear at friend’s houses as something “adult.”

I have weirdly similar associations with the PS2 startup sound! We must be similar-ish in age. I'm turning 34 in a week.

I have strong associations with it to a very weird sense of isolation from being many of my earliest most formative memories playing the PS2 at a former friend's house, whose family was 1. large 2. wealthy 3. not-that-forebodingly-catholic-but-way-more-forebodingly-catholic-in-attitude-if-not-aesthetic-than-I-was-used-to 4. fittingly weird about that. If I was over at that guy's place it was usually for weekend sleepovers, and I have been a night owl for my whole life, so I had many weird and isolating and sometimes super boring times being the only one awake in this huge ass house, scrounging around the messy unorganized floor my former friend and his parents and I think at least one of his 4 other siblings on, reading random books I would find by whatever light I could find, hoping that I was not waking anyone up by making noise that might travel all over their huge stupid ass open concept home. Sometimes that became easier to deal with when there was a PS2 there, which was also a significant length of time before I could get one, but yeah, it was more than a little ominous to be turning on the CRT (that was in this weird ass area on a sort of landing that overlooked the open concept living room in their WEIRD ASS house) and putting the volume down to next to nothing and hearing that weird ass sound. I guess this was before I had words for things like "insomnia" or "sleep disorder" and the guy's family were always weird and prickly about anything I did that they didn't expect a kid or person to do.

And of course they would drag my dumb ass to church on Sunday mornings, even though I lived not exactly on the way to the church, I lived like really close to this fuckin church (it would have taken surely less than 5 minutes to drop me off first) and didn't want to go because 1. church sucks 2. I was awake in their damn house for 4-6 hours after they all went to sleep playing _Final Fantasy X_ or _Ratchet and Clank_ or some shit. But at least they took me with them to brunch sometimes.

I am going to say it is, without a doubt, this one:

https://youtu.be/R1aMGYfVcgg

because if I hear that, it means that somehow a dang xbox one has been turned on nearby – and that is ominous.

I'm no console war ms-vs-sony or whatever person, but that console was a darned farce. It felt like every lesson from the (excellent!) xb360 was instead used as a what-not-to-do guide.

Due to some ludicrous circumstances at the time, I was given a "day zero edition" xbox one for free by microsoft, _and I still felt ripped off_.

some good ones in here, forgot about the menacing PS2 red screen

still, the PSX one is a popular choice here for its haunting quality

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOPViekdacQ

wowwww i dunno if this is old news but in doing some poking around at console os sounds i found out that the gamecube main menu is actually the famicom disk system startup sound slowed way down???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1m6j38CDOc

Personally, I have to go with the Neo-Geo startup jingle. Or rather, the Neo-Geo startup jingles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXXD_GAZd6A

See, somebody at SNK and/or Alpha Denshi thought it would be really cute if they let developers replace the standard jingle with their own custom version of it. Fast forward to the early 2000s, and now everybody emulating these games is having trouble figuring out if that jingle sounds off because it's the early 2000s and the emulation sucks, or if the sound engineer behind *this* game decided to replace the sleek, modern jingle that works just fine with a version utilizing the shittiest goddamn instrumentation the YM2610 could muster.

@“Gaagaagiins”#p114226 I‘m a bit younger at 24 but your story reminded me of a very similar feeling of hearing that startup sound at like 3 AM, trying desperately to fall asleep at a friend’s house while everyone else was still awake and lively and that PS2 startup sound felt even more ominous in a sleep deprived haze.

@“IrishNinja”#p114261 The regular PSX theme I associated pleasant feelings with, but the failed startup variant is haunting.

The Xbox 360 start up because I had 7 red rings. I was dual wielding a PAL and a NTSCJ console so my failure rate was doubled. My J360 is still an early version so is likely to die at some point. I haven't turned it on in ages because Ketsui and Dodonpachi are on modern consoles now so when I next turn it on, it may be very ominous.

@“HeavenlyHalberd”#p114276 wait wait wait which one was that one

@“Video Game King”#p114268 The View Point one always gets me; never sure if I inserted that goddamn cart properly.

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@“HeavenlyHalberd”#p114276 The regular PSX theme I associated pleasant feelings with, but the failed startup variant is haunting.

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@“IrishNinja”#p114289 wait wait wait which one was that one

I'd never heard of the failed PSX startups before your posts and now I'm knee deep in reading about Fearful Harmony and Personified Fear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEnBJ7tnKs8

@“fivedollardare”#p114295 I'm about to go to bed and I picked a bad time to listen to this.