PlayStation 3 may not play your PSone/PS2 games

Details are emerging that Sony's PlayStation 3 games console might not be backward compatible with some games designed for the earlier PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games console.

Details are emerging that Sony's PlayStation 3 games console might not be backward compatible with some games designed for the earlier PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games console.

The problem affects about 200 PSone and PS2 games and issues range from audio problems to the games not playing at all.  I've no details on titles affected or whether this problem affect all or just some PS3's.  [Updated: Nov 14, 2006 @ 9:05 am] Affected games are believed to include Gran Turismo and Final Fantasy.

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There's a core difference between the PS3 and the Xbox - with the Xbox Microsoft took the route of providing software-based backward comparability.  With the PS3, Sony chose the most costly hardware route.  While Microsoft could remotely update the software contained in the Xbox to add and improve backward compatibility, Sony might be stuck having to replace consoles.[Updated: Nov 14, 2006 @ 9:05 am] Sony is to update affected consoles via online upgrades  This isn't going to be disastrous for Sony, but I'm sure they could have done without this kind of problem, especially with such a strategic product as the PlayStation 3.

How important would backward compatibility be to you?  Would this put you off buying an early version of the PS3?

[Updated: Nov 15, 2006 @ 2:05 pm] Kaz Hirai, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America has said that Sony will issue firmware upgrades to improve compatibility

"We are aiming for perfect compatibility. Our goal is 100 percent compatibility," he said in an interview. "We are trying to get there as quickly as possible."

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