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So will or won't the Sony PlayStation 3 be backwards compatible?

Ryan Block
PlayStation 3

We've plenty discussed Xbox 360 backward compatibility issues over the last few months, but we've nary addressed what's in store for Sony's PlayStation 3. Maybe it was the PlayStation 2's recent difficulties in playing old (and even new) games that re-prompted the question, but it's almost like people have been taking it for granted that the PS3 would be able to play PS2 games—especially after precedent was set by having the PS2 play original PlayStation games and they ran their it's-gonna-be-backwards-compatible E3 launch in spite of Microsoft's then-soft stance on the issue. But after Sony's recent PS2 debacle overseas, it was reported that Sony spokesperson Reiko Sakamoto told the press, "It's hard to say the PlayStation 3 will be 100 percent backwards compatible, but as we said earlier this year we aim to make it so as much as possible." If they're having trouble making minor changes to the PS2 and actually leaving a bit of doubt as to whether the PS3 will work as expected, well, we're not liking the sound of this, not one bit.

[Thanks, Tomo]

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