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PS3- PS2 Games

My PS2 games will not play on my PS3 and I have checked the game code and it's all ok!

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    Alex Dickman May 11, 2010

    what model do you have?

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I was told today you have to buy the 80gig, the 40 gig won't play the ps2 games. That's why we opted for the more expensive one...

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

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I live in South Africa and bought a PS3 Baseball game. It works in my PS2 but not in the PS3, because of the zone code. What is the correct zone code


I assume you bought a PS2 game that works on your PS2 system but not on your PS3 system since a PS3 game will never work on a PS2.

Since not all PS3 systems can play PS2 games, you need to first check the model number of your PS3 system. If you look at the back of your PS3, there should be a serial number somewhere that starts with "CECH", followed by one more letter and a couple numbers (e.g. "CECHC02"). Unless the model number starts with "CECHA", "CECHB", "CECHC", or "CECHE", you won't be able to play PS2 games on your PS3.

If your PS3 can play PS2 games, then you need to make sure that the region of the PS2 game matches the region of your PS3. The region of the PS2 game can be found in the upper-right corner of the front of the box the game came in. The four regions are: "NTSC U/C", "NTSC J", "NTSC C", and "PAL".

Once you know the model number of the PS3 and the region of the PS2 game, you can tell if the PS2 game should work on the PS3. Use the following chart to determine if your game and system are compatible:

Last two digits of your PS3 model number: Playable PS2 game region
00: NTSC J
01: NTSC U/C
02: PAL
03: PAL
04: PAL
05: NTSC J
06: NTSC J
07: NTSC J
08: PAL
09: NTSC C
11: NTSC U/C
12: NTSC J

Apr 29, 2012 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I thought playstations are all formated to play any made of equal or lesser p.s. value such as p.s.3. should play p.s.2. games


I believe you're asking about backwards compatibility. While I agree a PS3 should be able to play PS2 games, it's sadly not always the case. While they all can play PS1 games, not every PS3 can play PS2 games. PS2 compatibility depends on the model.

Backwards compatibility with PS2 games has slowly been phased out. The original PS3's had hardware emulation (quite literally there is a PS2 inside of your PS3). The later revisions had software emulation only (PS3 processor pretends to be the PS2 processor), and then none at all. No slim PS3 has backwards compatibility.

Hardware emulation:
20 GB PS3 Fat/Original - Model CECHB01
60 GB PS3 Fat/Original - Model CECHA01

Software emulation:
80 GB PS3 Fat/Original - Model CECHE01

In my personal experience, there's no real difference between software and hardware emulation in terms of actual game play. Software emulation has a few hang-ups on some older games, but overall it works pretty well. And it's infinitely better than not having any ability to play PS2 games at all.

Links!
Wikipedia
Hardcoreware.net - Comparison Table
Sony - check compatibility of games with PS3

Hope that helps!

Sep 30, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 will not play ps3 games it will play ps2 games ok and dvds ok


it is most lickly a ps2 then because ps3 cant play ps2 or dvds

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60GB PS3 will play PS1 and PS3 games but not PS2.


this is a problem with some ps3's especialy the high GB ones like mine. they made it so most if not all of the ps2 games cannot be played to cut down on price and to leave room for all the memory. so you can still play ps1's but you cant play ps2's. sorry

Dec 29, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 will load ps2 games and play them but when i put a ps3 game in it wont even load it ? it was ok yesterday


HI,,

PS2 DOESNT SUPPORT P3 GAMES...

LENSES DIFFER FROM EACH OTHER..

NEED PS3 GAMES TO PLAY WITH PS 3
PS2 GAMES TO PLAY WITH PS2

TNKS

RABBANEES

Nov 11, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 wont play ps2 games


ps3 games are not supose 2 play ps2 games

Jul 25, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Can a ps2 play ps3 games


Some models can, the 60 GB model can play all PS2 games, the 80 GB can play pretty much all PS2 games, the lower end ones (I think the 20 and 40 GB can not play PS2 games). There is a rumor however that ALL PS3's will soon be able to play PS2 games with a software update.. that will not be available until a few months into the future, if ever.

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Ps3 will not play ps2 disks will play ps3 disks ok


playstation 2 games will only play on the 60gb ps3 the orginal console.

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PS2 games


Hi,

Your Japanese PS3 can only play Japanese PS2 games. It's not region free like the PS3 games. Sorry...

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MY japoneese ps3


The pal ps2 games and dvds will not play on a Japanese ps3 due to region coding. You can play all ps3 games and blu ray films because they do not use region coding. Some games will also play differently on a ps3, for example, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (I highly recommend the game) will not have any blood on a Japanese ps3. The region coding feature can not be changed/modified. I would recommend returning Japanese ps3 and purchasing a European model instead if that is possible. Bon chance.

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