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Sony comments on that pesky backwards-compatibility

Hot on the heels of our prior post about issues the PS3 is having with some PS2 titles, Sony has given an unofficial response and then a more official response, with no official solution set in stone as of yet. Japan's Cnet.com has compiled a list of about 196 PS2 titles that have some glaring problems (this does, however, count multiple versions of the same game -- greatest hits, special edition, etc) ranging from sound issues to games freezing up. IGN contacted Sony and here's what went down.
First off, let's go over what Sony's PR department said. Let it be known that this person was probably, or should be, fired. Even though Sony generally says stuff this arrogant. Anyway. The PR rep said that Sony expected from the get-go to be less than 100% with backwards compatibility. What is there right now is good enough, said the rep, and some people can put up with playing games that lack sound. Should be fired. Rude. Now for Sony's semi-official response. Sony says they will begin fixing the issues with system updates, perhaps even resorting to patches for individual titles that are particularly difficult. No date yet on these updates. Expect them soon enough.

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1. Personally, the Playstation 2 had backwards compatability and I think I used it once. Sure, it is great to have right off the bat but 200 out of about 8000 isn't bad. I am looking forward to the PS3 and don't care who wins the console race. Metal Gear and DMC4 are pretty much my reasons. Later.

Posted at 7:23PM on Nov 14th 2006 by James

2. i just think that its funny that sony fanboys said that the ps3 would be fully BC from the getgo and looked down on the 360 and yet look at this, its not. someone there was really misinformed cause at least microsoft didn't claim the 360 would be fully BC righ away that u would have to get updates. thats just my view

Posted at 10:01PM on Nov 14th 2006 by kevin

3. What's worse here is that Sony knew, but didn't tell anyone about it.

At least they're trying to fix it, which is more than what it SOUNDED like they were going to try to do. But isn't waiting till the last possible moment to reveal that your system ISN'T fully backwards compatible, after promoting it as 100% backwards compatible (unlike those silly Microsofts!) ... false advertizing?

Shouldn't people be ... oh I dunno ... ticked off over that?

And patching these broken titles (lol. Look at me. 'the games are broken, not the system!') largely depends on if this so called Sony Network Platform actually gets off the ground.

AOL's website read like EIGHT THOUSAND titles wouldn't work properly. Must have read it wrong.

Posted at 11:41PM on Nov 14th 2006 by Heath

4. @2

The problem was, Microsoft virtually turned their back on XBox1 the moment XBox360 was launched. To hell with backwards compatibility.

Although Sony really should put some of their more mouthy executives on a leash, cos they're not doing the company any favours.

Posted at 1:01PM on Nov 15th 2006 by TheGuyNextDoor

5. Kevin

I think its Funny that Kevin is a 360Fanboy and Trying to Make it sound like they have the same BackComp Problems.
PS3 has 200 (out of thousands) that are having issues.
360 has just only 266 games that work.
Some of the "Working Games" StarWars Knights of the Old Republic works but the sound stutters like Crazy. BattleStar Galactica Crashes.

The PS3 is 99% Backwards Compatible.
The 360 is 20% Backwards Compatible.

And... The PS3 will play the PS1 games as well.

And... You can't move your XBox1 Gamesaves to your 360 without a Datel XSata (Using a BETA Software package and it doesn't work on all games), on the PS3 you only need a $15 adapter. It cost me over $100 to transfer my XBox1 saves to my 360.

Posted at 8:06PM on Nov 15th 2006 by Scott Krueger

6. Oh good grief.

PS2/PS1 compatibility is being provided by the inclusion of the same chipset that is in the most recent version of the slimline PS2. If you have been paying any attention then you'll know that the all in one chip PS2 version (the same one that's in the PS3) has some incompatibility with games that deviated from the Sony development guidelines. Some games made novel use of the audio hardware or exploited undocumented features of hardware that's no longer there, or is handled slightly differently. None of this would affect games developed within the approved guidelines.

I con't quite figure out why it's news to so many people that the compatibility of PS3 is about as good as that of....wait for it....the PS2 itself! Shock horror!

As for the 360 fanboys, let's review shall we, 200 out of 15-6,000 games is less than 2%. So that would be about 98% compatible. Lets be conservative and call it 85% chall we. How many Xbox games actually work on the 360? How many are flawless? Oh dear, what's that 10%, 15% of all Xbox games are functional on the 360? Oh whoa, hold the phone. Amazing.

This is one of those stories that is a) not really news, b) an opportunity for even more Fear Uncertainty and Doubt and c) NOT NEWS.

I'll say it again for the hard of reading 360 fanboys, PS3 uses the exact same chipset as the current slimline PS2. The slimline PS2 suffers from a small number of game compatibility issues because some game developers exploited the hardware in ways that were not envisaged by the hardware design team. Consequently the single chip combination Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer is compatible with everything that stuck within the design guidelines, and not entirely so with games that went outside that design. Since PS3 uses the same chipset, and it also has to emulate the external hardware since the PS3 has no PS1/PS2 memory card slots or controller ports, is it really news to *anyone* that there are some games that don't work properly?

Ah, but that's OK, everyone has had their chance to gloat at Sony's supposed flaw. Time to move on to the next tactic...whatever it may be.

Posted at 11:11PM on Nov 15th 2006 by TheHighlander

7. s it really news to *anyone* that there are some games that don't work properly?

Yes.

Posted at 5:08PM on Nov 20th 2006 by darkbhudda

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