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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.]