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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Sony: PS3 Might Not Be Backwards Compatible

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Now this is just getting ridiculous. Apparently the new slim PS2 is not as backwards compatible as you might think. Some of the older PS1 games don't work on it, not that Sony bothered to let anyone know about that. Now it's being suggested that the PS3 may not work with some PS1 and PS2 games.

It’s hard to say the PlayStation 3 will be 100 percent backwards compatible but as we said earlier this year we aim to make it so as much as possible.

What that means exactly is unclear, but it's definitely disappointing for anyone hoping to pick up a PS3. Microsoft is faring no better, as the Xbox 360 seems to only be supporting a handful of games in a yet released list. Of course games like Halo 1 and 2 will be supported, but I'm guessing that the majority of the Xbox library will not be supported at all. If that is indeed the case, it might just be easier to keep your old Xbox hooked up to the TV.

Ironically, Nintendo's Revolution seems to be the only console which is going to support full backwards compatibility. Not only that, but the Revolution will support downloads from the NES, Super NES and the N64, as well as backwards compatibility for the Gamecube. There is also mention that some of the older games will receive some sort of enhancements.

It's getting frustrating that Microsoft and Sony are saying that they're supporting Backwards Compatibility and then admitting that they're having a really hard time with it. Let's hope they don't put it as a feature on the box.