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Ps3 won't play ps2 games

I just bought an 80gig ps3 and i am getting a message that it will not play ps2 games..is this a new problem? my old ps3 played them just fine. it plays any other format of disc.....is there a fix for this?

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  • bhandfamily Feb 05, 2009

    i just bought the system 4 days ago. it seems they did away with a lot of the features i used to like. only 2 usb slots and no sd card slot.

  • Connie
    Connie Feb 05, 2009

    I downloaded and installed the PS2 System Data file and it still will not play the PS2 games. Is there any solution to this or do I have to buy a PS2 as well to play the PS2 games?

  • Setsuna Xiax
    Setsuna Xiax May 11, 2010

    When did you buy it?



    and the reason asking is that early last year Sony stopped manufacturing the disk drive and hard drive that played Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 games and started releasing a "dumbed" down version of the drives in the PS3 that would play PS3 games only

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Unfortunately, no there is no fix. This is one of the 'cost-saving' cuts that Sony has done. They used to put the old CPU from the PS2 into the PS3 and use it as a sound processor, but this was no longer cost effective. Earlier PS3's have more compatibility with older games, but newer ones do not have this chip, so they are emulating some games, but most no longer work. Sorry. If you plug it into the internet and do a software update, it might work...

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Yes thats a firmware update. for the ps3. you need to be online to receive these and they are optional.

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Posted on Feb 05, 2009

  • Jeff Wolfe
    Jeff Wolfe Feb 05, 2009

    Yeah as mentioned above. I thought you had gotten a used one sorry. They did dumb down the version.



    I know the old 20 gig version has no blue ray dvd support or SD slots. sorry to hear that. the "new 80 gig did away with some things also. Geesh talk about changing the rules. -gl. Kill Zone 2 comes out soon, that should make everyone forget about ps2 games for a month or so. =)

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Look at the Serial Number on the back of your Unit. If you wiki the PS3 there is a very useful graph there that can tell you what PS3 Units can run PS2 games, Emulate them and just plain dont run them. Idealy what you want is one that begins with Model #: CECHAxxxx The "X"s representing non important numbers but the Serail must be CECHA as part of the 60GB HD units that were of the original release in Nov 2006. Your best bet to find one is a used Gaming store.

Newer PS3 Units do not play the PS2 games because the "Emotion Chip" that was the core power for PS2 Games was removed. This was done to reduce the Retail price per ps3 unit cause most parents compared the 250 dollar Wii to the 600+ dollar PS3 and it was a no brainer.

GL in your hunt for the legendary CECHA units

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