Sony PlayStation 3 backwards compatibility

It appears from recent news that the Playstation 3 will not be 100% backwards compatible. Sony admitted that some games for the original Playstation and Playstation 2 consoles will not play properly on the Playstation 3. As for the problems, there will be a variety. Some games may experience audio issues while others may experience graphical issues.

Sony admitted that about 200 Playstation and Playstation 2 games will not function properly on the Playstation 3. When calculated, however, that only comes out to about 2% of the overall games on the two systems. Although that sounds good, some of the games experiencing issues include Grand Turismo and Final Fantasy titles.

Sony claims that gamers don’t have to worry as the problems can be fixed. Although the issues are present now, Sony plans on releasing downloadable upgrades in due time that will solve the problems completely.

As disappointing as the news may seem, it certainly isn’t the first time such a phenomenon has occurred. For Microsoft’s release of the widely popular Xbox 360, many gamers complained of compatibility issues with the previous system’s games. Whether or not Microsoft has a plan for fixing those problems is unknown.

The Sony Playstation 3 releases on November 17, 2006 (tomorrow). Sony claims the system to be the most strategic product of the year as it also doubles as a blu-ray player (a technology developed by Sony). If the Playstation 3 is as successful as Sony hopes it will be, then we may be looking to blu-ray as the next generation of home video entertainment.

But if problems such as the compatibility issues continue to plague the console, gamers may become frustrated. The Playstation 3 is the most expensive of the next-gen consoles and will be competing head-to-head with the slightly less expensive Xbox 360 and the far less expensive Nintendo Wii (releasing November 19).

Source: BBC News

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