Why PS2 BC Is Important


1. Sony still continues to sell PS2s. Actually, they sell far more PS2s than PS3s. These customers should have a better upgrade path to PS3.

2. Game Developers still make PS2 exclusive games. Even with the PS3 released for almost a full year, there are still some hotly anticipated games coming out for PS2 but not PS3 such as Manhunt. Even Sony has some of their most popular franchises on PS2 but not PS3: God of War, Singstar, and Buzz! These will all eventually be moved to PS3, but even recent and current iterations of these series are PS2 only.

3. JPRGs. While PS2 has the most and the best JRPGs of any platform, this entire genre is almost completely absent from the PS3. The popular RPG developer, Atlus, has even announced that they will maintain a PS2 focus in 2008.

4. Recent Games. Just a quick sampling of games that were released in the past two years on PS2 but don’t have ports or sequels on PS3 include: Shadow of the Colossus, DDR type games, Singstar, Buzz!, Dragon Quest, FFXII, Rogue Galaxy, Persona 3, Sly 3, Resident Evil 4, Bully, Okami, Yakuza.

Counter Reasons: Why PS2 BC is not so important

1. Mostly Important to Enthusiasts and Early Adopters These are the type of consumes who have already purchased a PS3 and already have the BC units.

2. Cost Many believe that cost is the biggest barrier to PS3 success. Sure, most current PS3 owners would rather pay a little extra for BC, but many of the people who are not buying and are not as vocal may prefer a lower cost.

3. Avoid Cannibalizing PS2 Consoles Sales Many analysts have suggested this, although I don’t buy it. Even though the PS3 hardware probably has a lower contribution margin than the PS2, I still believe Sony would rather sell PS3 units at this point.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by P5ych0 on October 14th, 2007

    I’m an early adopter, and I think BC is bull.
    I had a PS2 for years and gave it away with all the games.
    If I wanted to play PS2 games, I would have kept the system.

  2. #3 by bobeotm on October 14th, 2007

    Its not as if Backwards Compatability is completely going away. It will still be in the higher end model for those who still want it. I personally consider myself done with the last generation when I go to the next. I trade in pretty much all of my games (that they will give me anything on) and I move on to the games for the next platform.

    I think more people dont use backwards compatability than admit to it. I would probably get the 40gb, depending on whether a usb carddreader or usb hub will work on the system.

  3. #4 by Darrin on October 14th, 2007 [ 17143 Points ]

    bobeotm, true, for the near future there will be the option of higher end models with BC, but eventually they plan to phase that out as well.

    Mutsch, nice list and nice site. Haven’t seen that before.

    P5ych0, you are proving my theory wrong. Of course, everyone buys a PS3 mainly to play PS3 titles. Some of us just like it to play PS2 titles as well: particularly those that don’t have PS3 ports or sequels.

  4. #5 by Sporty on October 14th, 2007 [ 95 Points ]

    I have a 60GB with full HW BC. So it doesn’t matter to me. If someone wants BC they can get the 80GB systems.

    It’s better to have the PS3 within a price range most consumers can consider reasonable personally. The 40GB system will be within $50 of the 360 and have more features so the biggest complaint will be gone. Well some people are making other complaints like this though.

    This is the first time early adapters get better systems. Most of the PS3 buyers will already have had a PS2. You get what you pay for this time around.

    I do think Sony should do software emulation for the later titles that are still coming out. Like GoW2, FFXII etc, but if people wanted that they would just buy the 80GB or keep their PS2s till they are ready to move on.

    It’s better to expand the install base and get the developers to look at the PS3 as a lead platform in development then keep a fully featured system out of the price range of most consumers and get second rate ports IMO.

    And yes bobeotm, I USB hub works on PS3. I use one as an extension for my keyboard. My Sharkboard I bought for FFXI only has a 4ft cord so I use a hub hub to extend that another 6 feet.

  5. #6 by bobeotm on October 15th, 2007

    I agree sporty. Sony should instead of scrapping it all together, they should emulate the biggest high profile games on the ps2. GOW and GOW2, FFXII, GTA:SA, SotC, the MGS games, and perhaps a Gran Turismo or two. Just take a a small team, and make a short list of the fifty most successful/critically acclaimed games be backwards compatible. I think this is what SCEA should do, since they havn’t made an announcement regarding the 40gb sku yet.

  6. #7 by Henning on October 15th, 2007 [ 0 Points ]

    I would use BC more if it actually worked. But it doesn’t for lots of the games I want to play.

  7. #8 by Darrin on October 15th, 2007 [ 17143 Points ]

    Aside for the Guitar Hero controllers and your issues with lag on Frequency/Amplitude, what other problems do you have?

    I suspect you are in the minority. I play lots of PS2 titles without any problems and a good friend of mine does as well.

  8. #9 by mcloki on October 15th, 2007 [ 2355 Points ]

    Bobeotm Sony should not do any of that. It would delay the PS3 rising to prominence. If people want to play the new FF or MSG the only place they can play it should be the PS3. GOW3 should be PS3 exclusive for 6 months.
    As for splitting up the teams to add backward compatibility. Forget it. Take that same team and send them to id to work on the rage engine. Send Another team to epic to work on the the Unreal engine 3 for PS3. Sony needs to kill the PS2 fast. It’s not hurting sales of either the wii or 360 enough and now it’s just adding an additional drain on their marketing efforts. Marketing budgets, they could be spending on touting the bluray capabilities of the PS3.
    Though here is my question and why i think that BC will be coming to all ps3’s in the future.
    Retro downloads. Eventually all the ps2 titles will become available as DLC on the PS3 network. They may get remade and dolled up a bit but Sony will not let that revenue stream no happen.

  9. #10 by Dartmerc on October 15th, 2007

    mcloki, the only issue I see with downloadable PS2 titles is download size. In a 40GB HDD, not a whole lot of 9GB DVDs fit (and I know the downloads may be smaller, but i’m going with max size here).


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