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PS3 Backwards Compatibililty Problems |

Remember when the PS2 came out? One of the big questions was how well the PS2 played PSOne games. The answer was that it did a pretty good job, but there were some titles that the PS2 didn’t play. Now it’s deja vu all over again. Even though the PS3 has the PS2’s CPU and GPU inside, there are some titles that the PS3 won’t play.

Sony has a website where you can check old titles to see if they work on the PS3. IGN has done some research and found some titles with problems.

  • Tekken 5
  • Xenosaga Episode II
  • Code Age Commanders
  • Radiata Stories
  • Star Ocean Till the End of Time (includes Directors Cut)
  • Driving Emotion Type-S
  • Gran Turismo 4
  • Hot Shots Golf 3/4
  • Operator’s Side
  • Onimusha Dawn of Dreams
  • Hyper Street Fighter II Anniversary Edition
  • Megaman X7
  • Devil May Cry
  • Onimusha
  • Suikoden III
  • Silent Hill 2

Many of these titles have minor glitches. You’ll still be able to play them, even with the glitches. But others – you won’t be able to play them at all. Considering that the Xbox 360 has a list of games that DO run, it’s great to see that the PS3 has a list of games that DON’T play.

PS3 Backwards Compatibility Issues

[Update: IGN has some additional notes about PS3 backwards compatibility. Japan’s reports that there have been problems with 196 PS2 titles. Also reported is that Sony is working on fixing these problems with future firmware updates, possibly even resorting to patches for individual games.]

  • Tekken 5 is glitchy, nooooo! Oh well, guess I have to leave my PS2 hooked up still.

  • Crow

    I see there is already a BC update in the 1.10 firmware so its great to see that hopefully more will be fixed in the future, and of course they will be getting to work on software emulation and upscaling ps1/2 games

  • mattias

    i agree with crow!

  • Yeah, whereas Microsoft has to reverse engineer every one of their games to run on the 360 emulated, Sony only has a fraction of the number of BC Xbox games that they still have to work on.

    Sorry if that came out weird.

  • Tekken 5 is one of two PS2 games I will keep until the next in the series is released. The reason these games dont work perfectly is because they didnt completely adhere to the software requirements set by sony. They instead used work-arounds and little tricks to improve graphical quality, or to simply squeak out a little more power from the system. In other cases, it wasnt a matter of power, but they just didnt bother to adhere. I know tekken 5 and GT4 did it for graphical purposes.

    Well, its been confirmed that ps1/ps2 chipsets are incorperated into the PS3, that was the quickest and easiest way for sony to gaurantee a near complete level of BC. But one of the lead engineers on the ps3 (cant remember his name) recently interviewed saying that they are working on a software solution of Backwards Compatablilty, and as soon as it is complete, the PS1/2 chipset will be eliminated from the system architecture (thus slightly reducing production costs). One could read this as a reason to wait, since a software solution means that the old games can be enhanced by using the ps3’s power (something the hardware solution isnt capable of).

  • mattias

    can someone put a lnk to that sony site???