PS3 Backwards Compatibility Might Never Happen

by Ernice Gilbert on February 18th, 2010, under PSP, Playstation 3, Sony

If you’re still expecting Sony to issue a firmware update that’ll give life to your PS2 games on PS3, please, don’t get your hopes up too high; because all signs are pointing in another direction: PSN.

In a piece on backwards compatibility, PlayStation: The Official Magazine wrote this:

“Sony has mentioned the possibility of PS2 titles coming to PSN before, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the console’s early classics like Ico hit the network before long

Unfortunately, since the PS2 still sells, Sony seems reluctant to reintroduce full backwards compatibility to the PS3.”

The mag makes a good point, since PS2 is still flying off store shelves, making the PS3 backwards compatible, Sony would be essentially shooting themselves in the knee; why kill sales? Companies need all sources of revenue they can get. PTOM did mention that the addition of PSP minis emulation would eventually bring classic PSP titles to PS3.

“But the recent addition of minis emulation suggests that classic PSP titles might be available for PS3 soon as well. Sony definitely needs to get more PSP titles onto its portable store for PSPgo gamers, so it’s not a bad bet.”

Share you thoughts, do you think PS3 backwards compatibility is a necessary feature?

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4 Comments

  1. Thu, 18th Feb 2010 at 5:40 pm

    So, now, I must buy my PS2 games all over again on PS3 eh?

    Good job Sony.

  2. Thu, 18th Feb 2010 at 9:56 pm

    I’m glad my PS2 still works.

  3. Fri, 19th Feb 2010 at 4:10 am

    if sony think im buying my ps2 games again they have another thing coming.
    though id love to see a developer whos soul job is to do HD remasters of ps1 and ps2 classics.
    imagine crash 1,2,3, CTR, bash in HD with trophies.
    imagine RE1,2,3,4.
    devil may cry 1,2,3.
    ratchet and clank 1,2,3, gladiator.
    o, god ive got myself all jiddery again.
    if they were to remaster them and pop them on the PSN than i might buy them, but i thought sony would of learned their lesson by now.
    people are not ready to download full sized games yet, look at the psp go the sales are dismal! and the software sales are not any better.

  4. Fri, 19th Feb 2010 at 5:13 pm

    sony shouldda updated all them ps2 games for the ps3 with trophies and all…
    but they didn’t and this is the closest way in which an owner of a ps3 will play a ps2 game???
    sad but true, unless you’ve gotten yerself a 60GB

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