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Does PS3 play PS2 games

Discussion in 'Gaming Fun - The Other Reality' started by jerry downing, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jan 4, 2010 #1 of 10
    jerry downing

    jerry downing Godfather

    Mar 7, 2004
    My daughters PS3 played all of her PS2 games. When it died and was replaced, the new unit will not play PS2 games. Is this fixable?
  2. Jan 4, 2010 #2 of 10

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The original, 1st-Gen PS/3s could play PS/2 games. The 20GB version had software emulation that could play many of the games, and the 60GB verison had PS/2 hardware and could play nearly all of them, with the exception of those that required specific, custom PS/2 controllers.

    This functionality was removed from the 2nd and 3rd-Gen PS/3s and the PS/3 Slim to reduce cost (and the prices were thus reduced) and because most folks with lots of PS/2 games still had PS/2s to play them on.

    If you need to play PS/2 games, pick up a used PS/2 off of Craigslist or eBay cheap.
  3. Jan 4, 2010 #3 of 10
    Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    Unfortunately, no.

    The earliest PS3s (when first released) had hardware emulation.

    Later, these models were phased out and software simulation was used for PS2 playability.

    Ultimately, PS2 backwards compatibility was completely phased out.

    You might be able to find some "old" PS3s still in stock somewhere OR find a used one... but the newer models on sale now do not have any way to play PS2 games. This is one way they have the cost down.

    (Obviously BattleZone and I were posting at the same time!)
  4. Jan 4, 2010 #4 of 10

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    I think even the new PS3's will play PS1 games
  5. Jan 4, 2010 #5 of 10
    jerry downing

    jerry downing Godfather

    Mar 7, 2004
    Thank you. She can use her brother's PS2 for now.
  6. Jan 4, 2010 #6 of 10

    CJTE Hall Of Fame

    Sep 17, 2007
    As stated. The original 60GB PS3 had a hardware emulation chip that allowed it to play PS2 games.
    The original 40GB and or 80GB (can't remember which) had software emulation that allowed it to play a broad selection of games (but not all games). I believe it was with the Spiderman edition of the PS3 40GB that the PS3's were no longer compatible with PS2 games. (I'm not certain on any of this as it's been quite a while since I checked).

    There's a basic guideline for you to go by though.
  7. Jan 7, 2010 #7 of 10

    fryguy503 Legend

    Sep 3, 2009
    The original Gen 1 PS3 did play PS2 and a few PS1 games, but was remove due to Cost and because it was very easy to pirate and run ps2/1 games on it, the Hardware chip was called the "Emotion" chip.
  8. Feb 1, 2010 #8 of 10

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Here's a chart that outlines the compatibility of the different models based on serial number:


    Luckily I have the CECHE01 80GB model that does PS2 software emulation, Linux support, and SACD playback over HDMI....looks like the best model ever was the CECHA01, but you'll see they used to be $600 as well...
  9. PTown

    PTown Legend

    Aug 18, 2007
    I was debating on the 80gb at the time I bought my PS3, luckily though I went with the 60gb (CECHA01) that was still in stock, and yes I paid the $600, worth it though now.
  10. jwebb1970

    jwebb1970 Legend

    Oct 3, 2007
    A local GameStop had a couple of 1st gen PS3s used for sale recently. They were selling for almost as much as a new PS3 Slim. According to the GS employee - most people scoff & those prices, but those who are in the know will paytop $$ apparently.

    But if you don't have a PS2 in your possession, you can get a new one for about half a song these days.....

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