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Make the Playstation 3 backwards compatible around the world!

Updated on May 3, 2017
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Playstation 2 Sucess!

Some years ago I chose to purchase a PlayStation 2 because it could bridge the gap in our gaming technology until I upgraded to the next family computer. The PlayStation 2 could also double as a DVD player, so it was excellent value at the time.

I did my research and chose the PlayStation 2 over the XBox because the PlayStation 2 had backwards capability and could play some of the PlayStation 1 games still available at that time. The XBox has some other excellent features, so I've had a few thoughts over the years, but on the whole, I was very pleased with the PlayStation 2.

Dedicated gaming machines such as the XBox and PlayStation series also have the advantage of being reliable technology. I have known of instances when one person purchased a PlayStation version of a game and the other bought the PC version. The person with the PC version had trouble, but the person with the PlayStation version was able to play their game. (This is not necessarily a criticism of the PC, as Personal Computers are designed to perform a number of useful business and academic tasks in addition to playing games.)

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PlayStation 3 Dissappointment

I was excited to hear that the PlayStation 3 was going to be launched. I also trusted the Sony company to understand that the family would want to continue to play the library of games we had collected...after all, Sony were a great company and had known that PlayStation 1 game owners would want to continue to play their favourite old games as well as take advantage of all the new games that come out when a new model is launched.

However a review of the coming PlayStation 3 in a computer gaming Magazine warned that the model to be launched in Australia had little backwards capability.The Model launched in the US had superior backwards capability, but even that did not have perfect backwards capability.

I haven't bought a PlayStation 3 to test the reviews statements, but I sort of believe them as the independant games magazines have no real reason to lie. I also notice that the PlayStation 3 has not been as popular in Australia as one would have expected given the PlayStation fan base.

Answer here if you live in Europe or the UK

Have you been able to play PlayStation 2 games on your Playstation 3?

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Answer here if you live in the US

Have you been able to play PlayStation 2 games on your Playstation 3?

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Help me give Sony the Message:

If you are a PlayStation 3 owner please take this poll and help me collect information about whether the PlayStation 3 is really backwards compatible or not. It is hard to get a major company to listen, but you never know, they could notice the page and I would like them to know that people all over the world would like a backwards compatible video game machine.

As I have been told that the PlayStation 3 has been released in different models around the world, please scroll to the correct poll box for your country of residence and vote. Feel free to check back later and see the results of the poll.

Answer here if you live in Australia

Have you been able to play PlayStation 2 games on your Playstation 3?

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Answer here if you live elsewhere

Have you been able to play PlayStation 2 games on your Playstation 3?

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What's the point?

In case this all sounds a bit frivolous, I want to put forward the case of the parents who have invested money into PlayStation 2 games for their children andĀ children who have spent their pocket money on PlayStation 2 games or received them in the past as Christmas or Birthday presents.

If the new system is incompatible with those games, the parents money is wasted and the children's pleasure in their games is forfeit. Today's families have enough challenges without their new game machine lacking backwards compatibility!

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      s>a 7 years ago

      Well that sucks, Shoudnt the more expensive model have all the best hardware and what not? I bought a 120G, idiotic as i was, thinking it would be the same system but just bigger memory, obviously i was wrong...very frustrating

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      Cecelia 8 years ago from Australia

      It's good if you can do that. (It does take some skill and I'm bearing in mind the case of parents who aren't highly technical or don't want the worry). However, someone told me that if you import an American model to Australia you could only play American games. I'm not sure about this, because the PS2 occasionaly asked me to adjust the region setting. However, we did have one DVD we had to play on the computer because neither the PS2 nor the DVD player would accept the region code. This disk had been bought locally.

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      ThatGuy 8 years ago

      I also bought a ps3 60 gig, all you should need to run one in Australia, is an Aussie power supply all large model ps3 are almost identical, just pop in an Aussie PS and plug it in. the only difference in an Aussie power supply and an American is the rating on the capacitors, all home electronics run off of the 12 volt system. The capacitors in The Aussie ps are just taking 240 volt ac and converting it to 12 dc and there are probably more resisters to lower the amperage. So again transplant the Aussie ps in to the American 6o gig Playstation

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      Dame Scribe 8 years ago from Canada

      I agree that's it's disappointing to not be able to play games from past versions. I don't understand the rationale to not support games of past versions of their product. It's annoying really. Great information. :)

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      Cecelia 8 years ago from Australia

      If you were travelling in the USA and located an American model, bringing it back yourself with a certain amount duty free would be a good option. I'm not sure of the customs/duty implications for individuals ordering over the internet however. Plus you would be getting the item unseen and untested. It is all a bit complicated for the Mum and Dad buyer.

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      LadyMulti / SB 8 years ago

      I'm from the USA, actually. I don't know much about the plug issues that might occur nor much about which versions have been released in each country. I do know that there are sometimes power converters that you can purchase for appliances and such (they usually sell them around luggage and such for travelling business people).

      ..and I'm not really sure about game release codes for Australians (whether thy get the PAL or NSTC or another code). Depending on that discerns the region of system needed for backwards compatibility... Like I can't use my PS3 to play my Japanese PS2 games... but the the PS3 will play Japanese PS3 games as long as they aren't "Region protected".

      Personally, I hate that they have region designated systems, it makes it confusing.... Anyway... I know that the greater chance of backwards compatibility lies in systems 80G or below.. anything over 80G does not support the backwards compatibility.

      The 60G has the best of the backwards compatibility and I believe the 40G is the second; 80G next; 20G last. The 60G and 20G had a little thing called "Hardware Emulation"; the 40G and 80G had "Software Emulation"... this emulation runs the PS2 games... I cannot recall if it states this on the box or not, but I do recall that the box said that the 60G was "fully" backwards compatible (there is one game in the US I know that won't even work with it, however).

      I believe some people, who don't personally play the sytems might think is that because the GB number is higher it's better...but anyone who is trying to sell it doesn't tell you that you can change the harddrive at a later time.. 60G is plenty for me...

      Depending on you're game's region coding, it could be either cheaper or better to get a system from overseas (jumping ebay channels, for example) if your games run on the code the system states... It matters for the PS2/PS1 games but not the PS3 games....

      ...The PS3 NOW is pretty much the same system, but with an unusual delay between countries to make it seem different than it is... PS3 games and the system (just like the PSP) is region free; they're may be a few exceptions, but I have yet to encounter any on my end in regards to my PSP...


      Okay, I looked on eBay and discovered that the PAL version is the one that is used for Australia (correct me if this is incorrect), but yes there is a 60G PAL version... I believe are much rarer as a PAL version than my NTSC version, but I still recommend it over any other PS3 GB system... :)

      ... If one can't find a version of the 60G; the the 80G is okay, but not the best... I think you can find it much cheaper than the 60G.

      I hope this helps a bit for any who really are looking to buy a PS3; most people are confused my Sony's little indivisibleness and don't realize until they've already bought the system...someone I know got a PS3 system before I could warn them of it...

      :) So it isn't just one place that's having this issue... All in all I understand why they dropped the compt. anyway: people didn't want to pay for it so they dropped it to lower the cost...and it did work.

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      Cecelia 8 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for your comments LadyMulti. I really appreciate any information people can provide. I believe that Australians were never offered the backwards compatible model. Ordering an American model was not a practical option because Australia has 240 volt power and a different plug system than America I believe. $600-$800 was initially a discount price for a Playstation 3 in Australia, but I've just found a JB Hi-Fi catalogue that offers "The new slim 120 Gb Playstation3" for $494.

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      LadyMulti / SB 8 years ago

      Here is the issue with this: read information that is out about the system you are trying to buy before you buy it. The current PS3 systems have little to no backwards compatibility... With MY system, which I purchased several years ago, I have great backwards compatibility (a few lock-ups and only one known game, so far, aside). I, however, own a 60g system, which was released in a time where the PS3 still was being made at a higher price tag because it basically was a PS2 contained within a PS3... Sony has abandoned backwards compatibility as a focus in development; they are striving to the future...and one cannot do that looking to the past. Makes little difference to me, as I still own all my older systems...even my poor busted dreamcast...asides from a 4th series PS2 which is the most flawed system I ever owned; at least I got $50 out of it.

      In my conclusion to my little rant: Sony is no longer releasing PS3 that are guaranteed to have backwards compatibility... and I find it highly as a result of the people not wanting to pay for it when they were offering it. I mean, sure $600 was a lot, but you were getting a LOT for you're money and it didn't have the issues that the Xbox360 STILL contains or the ploy that you'd be paying Nintendo for a Wii (lower supply raises price per system when its cost to make is really low)...

      The PS3 is awesome, I love mine... and I recommend to ANYONE who intends on purchasing one and desire such backwards compat. look around for a 60G... you'll be paying a heck of a lot more, but you ARE getting more than the 120G or 80G would offer. :) However, if you're not willing to dish out the cash for the older series system; buy a Ps2 to partner with it... it's only $99 more and you can run them off the same power cords; swap'em around to save the mess of having both hooked up.


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