Playstation 3 Backwards Compatibility Demystified

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  1. Thanks Matt, much appreciated, been doing some trading of PS3’s lately and this comes in VERY handy!

  2. Was just a little bummed out when we went looking for one of the backward compatibility PS3’s and couldn’t lay hands on it… soooo if you haven’t got it and wanted it gooood luck!

  3. I have one. I bought it at a PawnShop. I don’t suggest that everyone follow my “example” but it’s just a thought. I’m happy with my system and I’ve had it for the better part of a year and a half now.

  4. I know Sony released an update for the PS3 Singstar that allows PS2 versions of Singstar to work even with systems without backwards compatibility. Maybe they’ll open this option to other titles in the future.

  5. Hmm, my PS3 has the PS2 Software emulation (the 80GB 4-port USB with MGS4). What if I do a software (firmware) update on this badboy? And what’s still a mystery is why Sony would remove this feature? (or is it simply because it’s not really 100% compatible as if you had an actual PS2, so saying it was PS2 could leave them open to some false advertisment lawsuits?)… Anyway, still bummed about what to do on firmware updates. Maybe I can backup the one I have now just in case?

    • If you have backwards compatibility now, you’ll still have it after a firmware update. Sony isn’t removing it from any existing systems, just from all systems they are selling from here on out.

  6. What about the 80gig Metal Gear Solid bundle being backward compatible with PS2 games?

  7. DUH!! Nevermind!!!

  8. To hell with sony then.

    Where’s a good PS2 emulator?

    If I find one, my computer is several times better than PS2.

    I bought a PS3 and expected to scrap my PS2, and I would expect by now the PS3 would be powerful enough to run an emulator. I have the 40 gig model and what a mistake that was.

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  15. This was a great help! I have heard various “stories” about what is and isn’t compatible and this cleared it up. Thanks for a great article.

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