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Will not read ps2 or ps1 disks at all. when installing one of those disks it does not even register on the console

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  • lw30030 Aug 02, 2009

    when I bought mine I used to play ps1 and ps2 disks on it so it was capable of playing them. Plus the advertisements for ps3's state that they are " backward capable " meaning that they can play their previous version games. And that is a normal feature on the playstation series , being able to play the previous version games. ps2 being able to play ps1 games.

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Alot of ps3are not capable of playing ps1 or 2 games.

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