More Information About PS3 Backward with PS2 (Europe)
Thank you for your recent correspondence. I was sorry to learn of your disappointment regarding PlayStation 3's backwards compatibility which was announced in a recent press release. I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we are working to ensure that as many PlayStation 2 titles are compatible with PlayStation 3 as possible. To this end, we have been assessing the extent of backwards compatibility, and will continue to do so right up until the European launch. At this stage it is not possible to provide a specific number of backwards compatible titles, however, as from the 23rd March a list of compatible titles will be available at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc. In addition I can advise that the PlayStation 3 launching in Europe is a very similar specification to those currently available in North America and Japan. The main difference between the European model of PlayStation 3 and those available in other territories is that the ability to play PlayStation 2 software will be handled with dedicated software rather than hardware. This gives us much more flexibility with how these titles are managed and updated. Original PlayStation titles remain backwards compatible and, as outlined above, we will continue to assess the compatibility of PlayStation 2 up to and beyond the European launch. Additionally, we will be issuing regular firmware upgrades for PlayStation 3 to increase the number of titles that are compatible. I hope that this goes someway to explain our position on this matter. Should you have any further hardware related queries please call the PlayStation Careline on 08705 99 88 77 (National Rate), quoting your reference number 1-52HMP, where an advisor will be happy to assist you.
PlayStation Consumer Care Team
Sony Computer Entertainment
UKCareline: 08705 99 88 77 (National Rate)