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10 July 2006
40 incompatible games is still too many
Bob nearly calls me a shill, but does push me to post on this article which comments on PlayStation 3 backward compatibility that's been making the rounds. I first saw it on PS3blog but it's been covered elsewhere by now. Here's the key bit:
Sony is very concerned about quality and backward compatibility. They want to get this right. They tested game after game after game. When there were about 40 Playstation 1 games that didn't work properly, that didn't pass their criteria for quality.
So I checked that font of all knowledge, Wikipedia, and came up with its list of PSOne games incompatible with the PlayStation 2. Turns out there are just about 40 such games, if you own the new slim version of the PlayStation 2. Of those 40, I own seven, which is seven too many. I have often considered grabbing a late-model PSOne just to have a compatible system around.

Seriously, I find it difficult to believe that Sony cares enough about backward compatibility to make the PlayStation 3 more compatible than the PlayStation 2.

If they pull it off, however, then that'll be one big point in favor of grabbing a PlayStation 3 sooner rather than later.

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--Matt Matthews at 10:05
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If they pull it off, however, then that'll be one big point in favor of grabbing a PlayStation 3 sooner rather than later.

Well, they've got to have at least one selling point, no?

By Blogger dan marshall, at 10 July, 2006 16:05  

I just recently got a new slimline PS2, got a used game that has long been a favoutie of my wife's. Later found out that it was incompatible with the new system. So if we want to play it, we have to emulate it. Stupid incomplete backwards compatibility!

By Blogger Duncan, at 10 July, 2006 20:52  

Ah, heck, that'd be TWO selling points.

Or have you forgotten RIDGE RACER!!!!?

By Blogger rufbo, at 10 July, 2006 23:00  

Sadly, Ridge Racer could be one of my first PS3 games. Rage Racer was one of my first PSOne games. Ridge Racer V was my first PS2 game. Ridge Racer was one of my first PSP games.

So, yeah, two points. RIIIIIIIDGE RACER!!!!!

By Blogger jvm, at 10 July, 2006 23:27  

Heh, that may save the PS3 for me actually. Way back, when we knew very little about the PS3, it was my next-gen console of choice merely because I have never owned a Sony system and the nearly-complete back catologue of old games in addition to whatever sexy new games they had appealed to me.

Of course, 40 extra games isn't really gonna justify the $600 price when I can easily get a cheap ps2 and sacrifice Mortal Kombat.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 July, 2006 11:43  

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