Sony really got the short end of the backwards compatibility stick. Because of the immense popularity of the PlayStation 2 and the anticipated quality of the PS3's backcompat solution (it's got a PS2 inside), all eyes are going to be on Sony to deliver a great experience. Forget about Xbox 360's middling backwards compatability, with no save file compatibility. Sony is going the extra mile by offering an adaptor that will allow users to plug their PS2/PSone memory sticks into their PS3s and copy the data to the hard drive. From their recently updated (after the Apple snafu) website:
"To use saved data on a PlayStation 2 memory card, you must copy the data onto a virtual memory card within the hard disk. This requires a PS2/PSone memory card adaptor to copy the data to your PLAYSTATION 3. A memory card adaptor is designed to edit, up/download game saves to and from EMS flash card or smart media card."
So why is it that we're still predisposed to side with the petulant 14-yr. old inside all of us? Other solutions we're imagining: a free PS2 disc that will allow you to copy memory card data to a USB thumbdrive; an online service you could upload your memory card data to, then download to your new PS3; game store kiosks that have a memory card slot in one side and a Memory Stick™ slot on the other. Feel free to jack any of these, Sony. We just don't want to lose our Guitar Hero progress ... and we're cheap.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc
- Drive capacity 40 GB
- Controller type Wired
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs RCA / composite
- Backward compatible 1 generations
- Dimensions 3.07 x 11.85 x 182 in
Sony PlayStation 3 (late 2012)