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PS2 Backwards Compatibility? Unlikely.

PS2 Backwards Compatibility? Unlikely.


If you’re waiting, hoping and dreaming that one day you’ll be able to buy a new PS3 with the ability to play your old PS2 games on it then unfortunately, you’re out of luck. It’s not going to happen. But! If you’re waiting on a software update to re-introduce backwards compatibility then you’re… ah, also not in luck. Sorry.

SCEA director and all-round honcho-type John Koller has shot down the rumours and discussion about a possible return to the days when PS3s could play classic PS2 titles. In an interview with Ars Technica, he said these words with his mouth (or possibly typed them, or even dictated – we’re not sure):

“It’s not coming back, so let me put that on the table. It’s not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing. We’ve got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They’ve buying it for PS3 games and Blu-ray movies.”

So that’s that – if you want to play PS2 games you need a PS2 or an older PS3. It’s a shame, as we still have a pile of games to play through from the last generation along with a load we simply have to play through again (hello, Shadow of the Colossus), and it would be a nice boon to the system to be able to play everything from one box.

Well, we can dream. We can dream…

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  • Renzo

    Can we really believe Sony thought? “If we cut the price of the PS3, we’d lose money on every single unit we sold. How’s that for logic?” “Any rumors regarding a PS3 price cut are not true. We do not plan to cut its price in the near future”.

    -2 months pass-

    OMG PS3 $100 off!! lolol

  • Renzo