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Slim Playstation 3 Cannot Play PS2 Games

  1. kikolani profile image75
    kikolaniposted 7 years ago

    A few weeks ago, my husband and I got a new, 120 GB model slim PS3 system, under the assumption that it had backwards compatibility.  We have found that it can handle PS1 games, but not PS2 games.  Is there any way to "hack" the console to make it work with PS2 games as well?

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      xravexheavenxposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Sadly, no.  Very early models can support this but the chips that allowed play of PS2 games has been removed.  There are no kown emulators for this at all.  Yet anyways.

      1. Wonder_Woman profile image60
        Wonder_Womanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I thought it had something to do bc the graphic card in the ps3 couldnt support a ps2 games...? but yea newer models dont offer ps2 gaming capability

  2. Dread348 profile image61
    Dread348posted 6 years ago

    I am really against Sony's move to lose backwards compatibility.  I thought this was a big past time for the Playstation.  To be truthful, I am a Xbox360 guy and I was wondering if anybody could shed some light on why they did this?  I'm not trying to troll, thanks for any info

  3. The10DollarMark profile image60
    The10DollarMarkposted 6 years ago

    It's all about the chip. Unfortunately the ps2 was built in a way radically different from the ps1 (which annoyed developers, but since it was the popular console, they had not choice but to get used to it). The PS3 went back to a more PS1-style design. PS3's have not been able to play PS2 games for quite a while - even before the slim. Actually, only early models (the 600 and 500$ kind) had this ability, since only they had both sets of chips.

    And, while many of us are sad that ps2 games cannot be played on newer ps3 models, there is a reason. Sony is obviously planning on putting up popular ps2 games for sale sometime in the future once they get a proper emulator working.

  4. sunforged profile image68
    sunforgedposted 6 years ago

    I picked up a ps2 used for $20 today.

    There is no longer an option and there is no hack as mentioned, the ps3's that are BC sell for good prices on ebay

  5. ForKicks profile image60
    ForKicksposted 6 years ago

    I also have a Ps3 120G Slim, but it doesn't bother me that I can't play Ps2 games.

  6. xboxps3wow profile image60
    xboxps3wowposted 6 years ago

    only the first version of the console had it....none after that did...not even my 40gb system that i bought in 2007

  7. f47h4d profile image59
    f47h4dposted 6 years ago

    The 60gb has backwards compatibility with ps2 but  the 20gb & 40gb dont. The 80gb dont have it because sony had to remove the backwards compatibillity due to cost reasons but kept ps1 compatibility.

  8. M. T. Dremer profile image91
    M. T. Dremerposted 6 years ago

    I'm glad I read this post. I wasn't on the verge of getting a PS3, but I had hoped to get one in the future in order to play God of War 3. At least now I won't expect this component. Though I think it's weird how much trouble they seem to be having with backwards compatibility this generation. The Xbox 360 has a strange selective compatibility issue where only certain popular games work and now the PS3 is dropping it because their architecture is different. I suppose I don't know the inner workings of these machines, but personally I expect consoles to be backwards compatible. It's a feature I appreciate and look for. The Wii did it and it is supposedly the 'lesser' system, at least in terms of power, than the other two. And PC's can still install and run a lot of older games without too much trouble. So I don't know why they're having such an issue with this.

  9. SMASHKING profile image61
    SMASHKINGposted 6 years ago

    Well the orginal PS3's from when the system first launched are fully backwards compatiable with PS2and PS1. Sony removed this feature beacuse of the cost. They had to reproduce the PS2 processing chip and add it to every PS3. So you could look for an older model used at GameStop or ebay. Or you could just keep your old PS2, or buy a new PS2 for what a 100 bucks. But yea a PS3 is going to be worth it when God of War 3 comes out. You should also get Uncharted 2. The Game is like a movie lol..