http://imdb.com/news/sb/2006-11-15/#2The PlayStation 3 is struggling to handle full backward compatibility with the thousands of older PlayStation and PS2 games on the market.
GamePro's in-house tests, conducted with a handful of early PS2 and PSOne games, turned up no problems with the backward compatibility. But IGN has found a list of some 16 PS2 games that aren't fully compatible with the PS3, including games such as Tekken 5, Devil May Cry, Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, Gran Turismo 4, and Silent Hill 2.
Some of these games occasionally freeze or exhibit unusual behavior, such as missing background music.
Now the BBC has weighed in with a report on the PS3's struggles with backward compatibility. Japanese newspaper Sankei has reported that up to 200 older games don't work properly on the PS3.
"We are aware that a select number of titles have compatibility issues," a Sony spokesperson told the BBC, "but these problems will be fixed with a software upgrade that will be available in the near future."
Inside the PS3 lies a miniturized version of the PS2 hardware in order to boost compatibility with older PS2 and PSOne games. The Xbox 360 has also struggled to retain compatibility with older Xbox games; to date, only a fraction of those games can be played on the Xbox 360.
Wow, just wow, this might just have changed my decision on buying a ps3, and im a dam fanboy, what a letdown, i have ps1,ps2, psp, and looking forward to a ps3, but wow..this might just let down many fanboysNew Debacle for Sony
In the latest embarrassment to strike Sony Corp., the company acknowledged today (Wednesday) that many games designed for the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles are not compatible with PlayStation 3. News of the problem follows the rash of bad publicity over production delays involving the device, consumer hesitancy over the company's Blu-ray high-definition DVD devices, and especially a recall of laptop batteries that the company had manufactured. Sony had been hoping that the hugely hyped Casino Royale, due out this weekend, would produce revenue to offset the earlier ordeals. Sony managers were in London Tuesday to demonstrate how they planned to integrate the marketing of their products with the new film. Later in the day they attended the premiere of the movie at the Odeon Leicester Square theater -- along with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.