Tuesday, March 13th 2007

PAL PS3 backwards compatibility tested

We already wrote about the somewhat crippled PAL version of the Playstation 3 numerous times. Finally some Germans got first in reviewing the unit focused on backward compatibility and describing their findings over here.
To sum it up: 11 out of 12 games do not work! And they say the games in question were all quite new and popular (even the games made by Sony won't work). The reviewed console had the firmware rev. 1.50 installed which will be the release firmware for all the PS3 delivered on March 23rd. Only the future will tell how fast Sony will bring a new more compatible revision.
Here is the list of the tested games, Eragon being the only success.

- God of War
- MGS 2: Sons of Liberty
- MGS 3: Snake Eater
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Guitar Hero 2
- Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
- Okami
- GTA: Liberty City Stories
- Eragon
- Final Fantasy X-2
- Ratchet & Clank 3
- Lumines Plus

If you dare to read the machine translated german story yourself click here.Source: Cynamite.de
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15 Comments on PAL PS3 backwards compatibility tested

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
O ' my God, I cant believe that. The most stunning part??? Sony's own games didnt even work. This is ridiculous. Good thing I dont live in a PAL territory, but this is utter crap.
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#2
ktr
The doom of the ps3 begins :nutkick:

God of Was...lol

GTA: Liberty town center Stories...lol
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#3
Bastieeeh
God of Was...lol

GTA: Liberty town center Stories...lol
Come on - that was fixed AGES ago... :D
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#4
Eric_Cartman
i don't really see this as a problem, though i know some will

i bought a ps3 to play ps3 games, as odd as that sounds

if i wanted to play my library of ps2 games it would be nice to be able to use my ps3, but i would also have a perfectly fine ps2 around if i really really wanted to

also, i think many have forgotten how bad the xbox360 compatibility was when it was first launched, something around only 300 games were playable, and in fact it is still pretty bad

actually, as of 12/06, the xbox360 was compatible with just under 300 xbox games

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm

and it still managed to be the best selling next-gen console this holiday

sony claims that they aim to have 1000 games working at launch, that is a pretty impressive number imho

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3157599
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#5
Benpi
The reason people want PS2 compatability is because the PS3 has 1 game worth playing (but definately not worth buying a PS3 for): MotoStorm.... and maybe flOw
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#6
cjoyce1980
hmmm! aint all the PS3 games on the 360 which is half the price :confused:
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#7
ktr
by: cjoyce1980
hmmm! aint all the PS3 games on the 360 which is half the price :confused:
nope...

ps3 will have Metal gear, while 360 has halo3...ps3 has gt5, while 360 has forza2...etc, they do share common games, such as gta4, but not all...most of the great console games are single sided.
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#8
Eric_Cartman
by: Benpi
The reason people want PS2 compatability is because the PS3 has 1 game worth playing (but definately not worth buying a PS3 for): MotoStorm.... and maybe flOw
resistance is very "worth playing", but i agree, not worth spending $600 to play

but i would say no console is really worth the price when it first comes out

they usually aren't worth it until the first price drop, by then there is a good library of games available and the price is obviously more reasonable
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#9
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Odd as it sounds, people ith PS2 games will want to play them still, especially games like the MGS series :rolleyes: aside from the fact its a waste of space and untidy to keep last gen consoles cluttering the place up, 99% of console owners sell their old gen console and use the ££ toward the new gen.
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#10
Benpi
by: Ketxxx
99% of console owners sell their old gen console and use the ££ toward the new gen.
0% of everybody I know have sold any of their old gen systems. Let's not forget that 97% of all statistics are made up on the spot:laugh:
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#11
Benpi
Yes resistance is worth playing, but after playing CoD2, Resistance is not worth buying.
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#12
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
by: Benpi
0% of everybody I know have sold any of their old gen systems. Let's not forget that 97% of all statistics are made up on the spot:laugh:
Well, out of everybody I know in person who owns a console (some 15+ ppl), all of them sell their old gen when a new gen comes.
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#13
ktr
i still own my sega, and ps1...but i did give way my nes, gameboy's to my younger family members...
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#14
J0N
This is just another Sony money making scheme. Don't let them play PS2 games, then we'll release the PS2 games for PS3 in 6 months time and charge the mugs again!!
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#15
Eric_Cartman
by: Ketxxx
Well, out of everybody I know in person who owns a console (some 15+ ppl), all of them sell their old gen when a new gen comes.
well i have never once sold my old systems to buy new, but i agree trading the old ones in for new does happen, and for those that do it, they are just going to have to be happy with the ~1000 games the ps3 can handle to play or wait for sony to release new firmware that supports new games

though i have to say again, i buy a ps3 to play ps3 games, if i was more concerned with playing ps2 games, i would just keep my ps2 instead of trading it in

by: J0N
This is just another Sony money making scheme. Don't let them play PS2 games, then we'll release the PS2 games for PS3 in 6 months time and charge the mugs again!!
indeed it is a scheme to make money, something they are failing to do currently with the ps3 in its current configuration

contrary to popular belief sony is not unicef

sony is a business, and part of being a business is to make money on the products you sell

they feel they can't make a profit with the current hardward configuration, and i am included to believe them

i don't believe they are going to do what you claim and just rerelease the games again as ps3 games to make people pay for them again, if that was the case they wouldn't have backwards compatibility at all
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