Friday, February 22nd 2008

Sony No Longer Selling Backwards Compatible PS3s

Well, really, the title says it all. Sony is no longer offering any version of the PlayStation3 console that can actually play games that were released for the previous two Playstation consoles. At this time, the only PlayStation3 model available in stores is the 40GB model, which is not backwards compatible with anything. However, the future is not bleak in Playstation-land. Sony has long been planning a successor, which more than likely will have a larger hard drive and one or two other surprises/goodies. Unfortunately, backwards compatibility will not be among those goodies. If you're into playing PlayStation classics on next-generation hardware, you'd best get yourself an 80GB PS3 before stock completely runs out.Source: Xbit Labs
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28 Comments on Sony No Longer Selling Backwards Compatible PS3s

#1
Ravenas
Shouldn't this be Sony no longer selling PS2 compatible PS3s?
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#2
Scoot
by: Ravenas
Shouldn't this be Sony no longer selling PS2 compatible PS3s?
Yes. I believe PS1 games are still able to be played the same as always. The ones you download off the PS Store will run on your PS3 or a PSP, so I think they must have the software emulation of PS1 pretty much under control.
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#3
mysticjon
well i guess the blu-ray will make up for the lost ps3 profits
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#4
Ravenas
by: Scoot
Yes. I believe PS1 games are still able to be played the same as always. The ones you download off the PS Store will run on your PS3 or a PSP, so I think they must have the software emulation of PS1 pretty much under control.
You believe? I know lol, I'm playing Driver 2 on my PS3 right now. :laugh:
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#5
mysticjon
im glad i got my ps3 and i don't worry about ps2 not being compatible..i still have ps2 games
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#6
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
sony taking out the ps2 chip in the first place

EPIC FAIL
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#7
UnXpectedError
what ever happened to the ps3's that where able to emulate the ps2 hardware?
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#8
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Kind of sucks, but Im fortunate, I got the 60GB model that has PS2 compatibility. Im not worried about the heat, as my nyko cooler keeps it nice and cool. Also, I can upgrade my HDD to any sata 2.5" hdd, so Im good to go on that front.
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#9
Silverel
Win one battle and celebrate by shooting yourself in the foot?

Some things I will never understand...
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#10
mrw1986
Aye, I'm glad I got the 60gb on release as well!
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
australia never got the backwards compatible ones anyway - but we're charged the same price.
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#12
Rob!
This whole time I'm really wondering, what the hell is Sony thinking when it makes all these decisions?!?
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#13
candle_86
just when Ninetendo and MS brought in BWC Sony removes it Epic Fail
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#14
Edito
I don't care about the compatibility i want the PS3 games, new console new games...
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#15
Triprift
Who cares how many ps2's were solled squillions so theres plenty of consoles out there to play ya ps2 games.
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#16
Wile E
Power User
by: Triprift
Who cares how many ps2's were solled squillions so theres plenty of consoles out there to play ya ps2 games.
Doesn't look as good as using the ps3 on an HDTV.

That said, I'm glad I picked up my 60GB, right after the price cut.
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#17
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Triprift
Who cares how many ps2's were solled squillions so theres plenty of consoles out there to play ya ps2 games.
True, but I rather have one console than two different ones.

This sucks. :(
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#18
WhiteLotus
and how many of you really do play old games? i picked up an old game and tried to play it on the PS2 a while ago. it took me 8 minutes to stop, not because of the gameplay, or the controls, or the story. it was the graphics. when you play a new (well back then it was) then switch to an old one you see how far graphics have come.
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#19
Triprift
True so true i dont think ive used my ps2 in over a year.
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#20
ChillyMyst
well u should have seen this coming, first they remove the ps2 chip, now they remove the emulation software as well!!!!

epic fail, i dont even like the pos1/2/3 and i think this is one of the biggist dumbshit moves they could have ever made......jesus they are morons.......

im sticking to pc, where backword compatablity isnt normaly an issue, hell i can even play ancient dos games on here.

if i want i can play old ps1,nex,neogeo,turbo gfx16, mastersystem, genesis,satern,atari and pretty much anything else u can think of, oh yeah and amega and old apple games as well(use to have an emulater and like 40 apple and amega games!!)

truth to tell, pc>consol any day of the week :)


oh and b4 some nub says something like "what about high def gaming" guess what, i been "high def gaming" since oh, around the time dx8 and 9 where out, 720p=1280x720, since my 17in monotor i havent gone below 1280x1024, thats HIGHER res then 720p, since my 9800/x800 cards i havent droped below that EVER, my x800 spent most of its life at 1600x1200, my 1900 same deal, and my 8800gt.....you guessed it!!!
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#21
Wile E
Power User
by: WhiteLotus
and how many of you really do play old games? i picked up an old game and tried to play it on the PS2 a while ago. it took me 8 minutes to stop, not because of the gameplay, or the controls, or the story. it was the graphics. when you play a new (well back then it was) then switch to an old one you see how far graphics have come.
I do. All the time, as a matter of fact. Graphics don't make the game, gameplay and storyline do.
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#22
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Wile E
I do. All the time, as a matter of fact. Graphics don't make the game, gameplay and storyline do.
i play old games. i like old games. my housemate (The Girl) plays old games - shit, she still plays harvest moon. she can go from crysis to harvest moon without a single complaint about the graphics.
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#24
newconroer
by: Wile E
I do. All the time, as a matter of fact. Graphics don't make the game, gameplay and storyline do.
True, but games really only boast graphics these days, concept and gameplay are a distant second or third. Which leaves the consoles nothing to offer except modern eye candy with the convenience of a console.
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#25
devguy
Why is it that they can't attempt a software emulator on the 40GB? I know that they dropped the emotion chip on the 80GB PS3 and were still able to have a software emulator (taken from Wikipedia:
Like the South Korean and European models, the North American 80 GB model also excludes the PlayStation 2 "Emotion Engine" CPU chip.[54] However, it still keeps the "Graphics Synthesizer" GPU.[55] Due to emulation of the "Emotion Engine", the level of compatibility was reduced
I mean if the 360 can have an Xbox emulator with a largely different architecture and no hardware compatibility, thenmaybe the PS3 could do the same with the PS2. I understand that to us, the PS2 is probably a harder system to emulate even though the Xbox is much more powerful because we don't really understand all ins and outs of the system as much as we do a standard x86 machine like the Xbox. However, who better to know that info than Sony's engineers?
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