Early reports from
Japan say that PlayStation 3 is having problems playing older PS2 games, despite
the fact that inside every PS3
are Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips included for the sake of
Microsoft's Xbox 360 console continues to be quite limited in its
ability to play older
Xbox games, although it must do so with software emulation as it does not
include any of the original Xbox's hardware.
Sony announced this problem on its Japanese Web site on November 11, and said
it expects similar compatibility problems to remain for the North American
launch on November 17. According to Sony Computer Entertainment spokesman
Satoshi Fukuoka, a select number of the 8,000 PS2 games are failing to work
properly on the PS3, some that couldn't be played and others making the wrong
sounds or images.
On the Japanese PlayStation page, there is a form where users can check
the status of their software by inputting the title, publisher name, release
date or product number. IGN and QJ has a list of problem titles they have encountered:
According to IGN, Sony
commented on its backwards compatibility that it never had expectation for all
of its titles to be playable on PS3, and that "some people can put up with
playing games that lack sound."
Sony states on its Web site that future system updates, and perhaps even
software-specific patches, will improve backwards compatibility with older
UPDATE November 20: Sony has made a PS2 compatibility status page to serve its U.S. customers. Find it here.