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Playstation 3 backwards compatibility

Hi, will a new PS3 play my old PS2 games?

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It is a 40gb ps3???

Posted on May 10, 2008

  • If its a 40gb ps3, that one doesn't play ps2 games

    Just look behind at the ps3 box in the Compatible software media and you gonna see

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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 son wants a ps3, but i understand you cant play ps2 games on it. is this true?


Newer model PS3 systems are not backwards compatible. but if you can find the very old original model used then it will be backwards compatible with some of the PS2 games but not all. Older models are hard to come by though.

Best bet is to just keep your old PS2 along with any new system you might buy.

Xbox 360 is compatible with a large selection of its older Xbox games but recommend you get a new slim model Xbox 360 if you go that route.

Jul 16, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Can ps2 games be played on a ps3 and if yes how


Hi, the only ps3 that can play ps2 games is the 40gig one this is the only one they made that was backwards compatible you could also play ps1 games on this ps3, how ever they are hard to come by now and the only real place you can get one from is the well know auction site.
The other thing you could try would be to go into your nearest game shop and ask them if they can get a backwards compatible ps3 they are out their but are hard to come buy new.

their is also ways of changing the firmware on your ps3 to accept the old games how ever doing this is illegal and i cant give you any advice on this as its banned by the site, how ever if you use google and type in how do i make my ps3 backwards compatible this will then list loads of sites that can offer the help your looking for

Jul 07, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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How do you set up playstation 3 to play playstation 2 games


One Surefire WayThe only way how to play PS2 games on PS3 is to have the correct version of the console. Either your Playstation 3 can play PS and PS2 games or it can’t, and there’s not much to do about it. Most of the PS3 models simply cannot play older titles as they lack the necessary hardware and firmware. However, a few models do have backwards compatibility. The 20 Gb, 60 Gb, and original 80 Gb models all have backwards compatibility, either through hardware or software emulation. The other models lack backwards compatibility, so even knowing how to play PS2 games on PS3 won’t help you out much here.
However, if you do have the correct console model, then there isn’t much to know for learning how to play PS2 games on PS3. Simply insert the game CD or DVD (many original Playstation games are also supported thankfully), and the game will start up. Sometimes, it will tell you that you can’t play the game, but simply hook your PS3 up via wireless or ethernet connection and update the firmware (which also provides improved compatibility with newer versions of Blu-ray discs). Often, this will fix the problems, but not all PS and PS2 games are supported (although most are).
There you have it. Learning how to play PS2 games on PS3 is easy, but if you just randomly picked a Playstation 3 model out at your local retailer, you might have a model lacking in backwards compatibility. One reason they didn’t include such compatibility with all models is an issue of cost, as it saved Sony some money to not include such a feature on all of the models. When they first started selling PS3s for $400, they were losing several hundred dollars (although they are at least breaking even now). Unfortunately, both the new 80 Gb and 160 Gb PS3 models are lacking in such compatibility, so you’ll need to find older models to support your older games.

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Apr 16, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Can ps2 games be played on ps3


on the first ps3s but not now......im not sure bout the slim......mine plays ps1 2 3

Nov 11, 2009 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (60 GB) Console

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How do i get ps2 games to play on my ps3


The only way how to play PS2 games on PS3 is to have the correct version of the console. Either your Playstation 3 can play PS and PS2 games or it can't, and there's not much to do about it. Most of the PS3 models simply cannot play older titles as they lack the necessary hardware and firmware. However, a few models do have backwards compatibility. The 20 Gb, 60 Gb, and original 80 Gb models all have backwards compatibility, either through hardware or software emulation. The other models lack backwards compatibility, so even knowing how to play PS2 games on PS3 won't help you out much here.

Aug 18, 2009 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (80GB) Console

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My playstation 3 currently wont read playstation 2 format games. how do i correct this?


Playstation 3s cannot read Playstation 2 games, only Playstation 1. I know, it sucks. Hope I helped!

Jul 23, 2009 | Sony PlayStation® 3 (80GB) Console

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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.

Jun 10, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Ps3 reverse compatibility


Playstation 3s are only backwards compatible to an extent, only some playstation 2 games will work on a playstation 3 you should try some newer playstation 2 games and if they work then its the game if no playstation 2 games work check the internet for some updates for your playstation 3.

Feb 27, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS2 games not working on 80G Platstation 3


Though the ps3 80g is backwards compatible,it does not play back all ps2 games. go to sony's website,i believe they have a list of games that are,and are not compatible.also make sure your ps3 has all the latest software updates.if you have it hooked to the internet im sure it does

Feb 03, 2008 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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