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Small PlayStation 3 firmware update improves play of PS2 games

Sony last night quietly released a small firmware update for the PlayStation 3, bringing it from version 1.90 to 1.92. The small two-hundredth of an addition apparently only updates the PS3’s backwards compatibility status.

According to the PlayStation 3 update page: “New for 1.92: Playability status with the PS3 system has changed for some PlayStation 2 format titles. To check on the latest status, visit the search site for compatible titles (coming soon).”

Although Sony’s update stated that the search site would be coming soon, a quick search revealed an updated backwards compatibility site that will return differing results depending on which hardware model of PlayStation 3.

It’s also unclear if the new 1.92 firmware update applies to the backwards compatibility status of the 60GB or 80GB consoles. The two models differ in hardware version, with the newer 80GB model being without certain PS2 chips related to backwards compatibility functions.

For gamers interested in playing their classic PS2 games on the PlayStation 3, purchasing a 60GB machine may be preferable – while supplies last.

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Plan B!!
By ryedizzel on 9/4/2007 7:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
When your having trouble making good PS3 games... just release an update that makes more of your old PS2 games playable. hehe j/k. Glad to see they haven't forgetten about their backwards compatability and are still working to make it better.

RE: Plan B!!
By Christopher1 on 9/4/2007 8:34:31 PM , Rating: 3
Really, it isn't that hard to make things backwards compatible. Simply run a software emulator on the PS3.... BOOM! No more compatibility problems!

That's the main reason why I play PSX games on my computer now: the emulator runs all of them flawlessly, while I have heard that the PS2 and PS3 will not.

RE: Plan B!!
By ruibing on 9/4/2007 8:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
Software emulation is not an easy thing for a system as powerful as the PS2 (I mean its architecture, not its clock speed). The reason you can play PSX is because the PSX emulator was easier to develop than the PS2 one, which is still in a beta state.

RE: Plan B!!
By killerroach on 9/4/2007 8:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
I take it you haven't seen the state any third party's software emulation of the PS2 is in... compared to that, Sony's PS2 software emulation, while still spotty at times, looks stellar.

Heck, I can name a few PS1 games that I play that computer-based software emulation either can't run or can't run properly, so I wouldn't hold that up as being the "gold standard" of emulated gaming.

Stop being so US fixated!
By BZDTemp on 9/4/2007 7:07:12 PM , Rating: 5
Getting an 60 GB PS3 in most places means the same as the 80 GB one in the US when speaking about backwards compatibility.

I'm pretty sure the DailyTech is read all over so do consider this so no one is wrongly informed. It's bad enough we pay $$$ extra for our stuff :-(

RE: Stop being so US fixated!
By daftrok on 9/4/2007 9:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
Sad face right back at ya buddy. I hope that they bring down the prices elsewhere (though to be fair, it is more the taxes of that country's fault that make it so expensive, however Sony should bring down the price a bit to compensate). Hopefully the analysts' predictions on an 80GB PS3 price drop to $499.99 in the States when the 60 GB model is finished will occur, thus increasing sales and pushing a price drop of the console in other countries.

RE: Stop being so US fixated!
By Moishe on 9/5/07, Rating: -1
RE: Stop being so US fixated!
By Locutus465 on 9/5/2007 1:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure DailyTech is based in Raleigh NC much like Anandtech so it is only natural for news items to be posted from an american perspective...

now if
By ascian5 on 9/4/2007 10:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
now if only they'd let you play ps2 games from other regions that would be stupendous.

RE: now if
By SirLucius on 9/4/2007 11:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah really. That's the only reason I still have my PS2. Although apparently import PS3 games work. I've yet to try though.

RE: now if
By ascian5 on 9/5/2007 4:23:02 PM , Rating: 2
PS3 games from other regions will, I have a friend who imported Hot Shots 5. I sold my modded PS2. But lately I've been jonesing for some Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.

RE: now if
By afkrotch on 9/5/2007 6:52:34 PM , Rating: 2
I gave away my Japanese PS2, since I have a Japanese PS3. PS2 games work great on it. I still keep my US PS2, since I need to play those PS2 games somehow.

Wish they'd come out with a firmware update that makes PS2 games on the PS3 region free.

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