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20 March 2007
Euro PS3 compatibility list
Via The Register, I see that Sony has published a database of how various games work on the new version of the PlayStation 3. Here's an interesting snapshot showing the situation with Metal Gear Solid 3:
One square means noticeable issues when played on a PS3 and three squares means no issues. I wonder how many people will have the one-square versions of MGS3? And I wonder if newer games have been made with libraries from Sony that are designed to increase compatibility. For example, God of War 2, a game which may tax the system about as hard as anything we've ever seen, just came out and has three squares. That could be the emulator, or it could be Sony making sure newer games pass a certain spec before they're released.

Anyway, I hope to pore over the list more later, especially the PSOne listing, since I expect that by the time I buy a North American PS3 I'll be dealing with the same software emulation.

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--Matt Matthews at 10:25
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Well, Madden isn't a big concern, at least not yet. And 2004 doesn't even make the tested list.

SLES-50021 MADDEN NFL 2001 *
SLES-50422 MADDEN NFL 2002 *
SLES-51154 MADDEN NFL 2003 *
SLES-52581 MADDEN NFL 2005 *

Not a big surprise by any means, but interesting.

Regardless, I wonder how closely this will follow the Connectix Virtual Game Station, a PS1 emu for the Mac, experience. Here's a bit from my old review of that monster...

This [official CVGS compatibility] site has been more than enigmatic over the last several weeks. If I recall correctly, Metal Gear Solid was originally on this list, and I'm sure Tomb Raider 1 was. These two big names are gone today (3/1/99). How can you tell what games you're going to be able to play on your thousand dollar Playstation? And why are some of the biggest names dropping?

Hope they don't get so draconian as to lock you out from trying to play games with less than 3 out of 3 at some point.

By Blogger rufbo, at 20 March, 2007 18:38  

I've got my list of surprises at CT.

Honestly, there doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to them. Very random.

My quick take - if this is just a first blush and it will improve steadily through 2007 ... not a big deal. It's not a bad *start*.

If not, it could seriously detriment my PS3 desires just as the BC's issues on the 360 hurt it's chances with me.

By Blogger Josh, at 20 March, 2007 18:42  

I wonder how many 3-square games are really 2-square (or even 1-square), but testing didn't uncover it or standards were more lax than readers might believe.

That kind of situation seems to crop up on compatibility lists. Maybe more so for "official" lists which see an advantage to fudging the results, but it also happens on third-party and fan-made lists.

By Anonymous Baines, at 21 March, 2007 00:31  

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By Anonymous Sausage, at 21 March, 2007 10:00  

If I were you I’d have a look at this far more comprehensive list with integrated user rating as well:

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05 April, 2007 16:22  

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