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20 November 2006
16% of my PSOne library buggy on PS3
I spent some time with Sony's PS3 Backward Compatibility database today checking out my PSOne library's compatibility. I have 125 or so PSOne games, and 20 of them, or 16%, have some sort of bug. They are:
  1. Air Combat - repeating startup bug, but works
  2. Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection - Asteroids and Tempest with missing bullets
  3. Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2 - music/dialogue stutter in Paperboy and Crystal Castles; lock-up Blaster if no activity on controller for first 4 seconds of new level
  4. Area 51 - graphics corruption on status screen between sections
  5. Atari Anniversary Edition Redux - Asteroids, Tempest, Asteroids Deluxe with missing bullets
  6. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos - stutter during FMV at boot
  7. Dead or Alive - graphical corruption in background during training mode
  8. Dino Crisis 2 - graphical corruption during FMV from idle main menu, audio bug during New Game starting audio
  9. Driver - missing menu graphics
  10. Driver 2 - slowdown during missions
  11. Final Fantasy Anthology - fatal bug at first save point
  12. Gran Turismo - controller switches to digital mode in certain type of race
  13. Kagero: Deception II - some graphical corruption and missing background music
  14. Konami Arcade Classics - graphical problem in Super Cobra
  15. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - serious slowdown and pausing during gameplay
  16. Loaded - memory card issues
  17. Medal of Honor - fatal bug in one mission
  18. Namco Museum Volume 2 - graphical corruption in Xevious
  19. Silent Hill - medium tone when shooting
  20. Tomb Raider - 15 seconds on title screen and game will hang
Disappointing. Makes this previous report of fewer than 40 incompatible PSOne games difficult to believe, or I'm lucky enough to have half of those. It's likely that Sony's criterion for compatible is playable with bugs, in which case only Driver, Final Fantasy Anthology, Loaded, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver are bad enough to fail.

It will be interesting to see how Sony improves compatibility over time.

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--Matt Matthews at 21:50
Comment [ 3 ]

Comments on this post:

Oh, give me a break. "Disappointing"? You expect EVERY game to work? A. It's only 20 on your list, and B. You've obviously other means of playing PSX and PS2 games, so, when would you ever need your PS3 to play them?

Of course, it's COOL to hate on Sony for pretty much everything, so, whatever.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 20 November, 2006 22:34  

Well, Sony should admit limited backwards compatbility. This reminds me of the Connectix Virtual Game Station list back in the day. First party info should be more reliable than the constantly changing list from a new third-party emulator.

I'm not sure the point is so much that Matt's not buying (he seems to have painfully discarded the Wii for the Sony hunk of junk), but that Sony needs to get the story straight.

By Blogger rufbo, at 20 November, 2006 22:40  

Anon: I'm buying the PS3, but that doesn't mean I can't be critical of it.

I've been writing about Sony's problems for a while. I've written consistently of the disappointment in their network strategy, starting with Twisted Metal Black Online back in Feb 2003. I wrote about their botching of the dual-layer DVD issues associated with the first Champions of Norrath game. I've written since Nov 2005 about how Sony didn't appear prepared for the challenge presented by the Xbox 360, long before it was truly fashionable.

Given that the problem game list for the PSOne on PS2 was small (but frustratingly covered several of the games I own) and the Wii appears to work with every GameCube game out of the box, it makes Sony look bad. Pointing out Sony's problems isn't hate, especially as they affect my opinion of the PS3 -- get a grip.

By Blogger jvm, at 20 November, 2006 23:03  

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