PS2 Support Not Returning to PS3

Recently Ars Technica spoke with Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller regarding the just-revealed PlayStation 3 Slim. The questions ranged from changing out the hard drive in the sleeker model, to the possible existence of a "power brick" even though the new design uses a third less power. But the biggest news stemming from the interview centered on the previously-removed backwards compatibility. In short, will the feature be re-introduced in the near future?


"It's not coming back, so let me put that on the table," Koller told Ars. "It's not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing. We've got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They're buying it for PS3 games and Blu-ray movies." He reaffirmed his statement by saying that the feature would not be returning.

By now, PlayStation gamers have figured out what to do with those old PS2 games: purchase a PS2 Slim for roughly $100. Although the first generation of PlayStation 3 consoles featured hardware-based PS2 emulation, Sony eventually discontinued the support--after offering software-based emulation with the second generation released in 2007--in order to lower the console's overbloated pricetag.

Additionally, Ars asked Koller if Sony plans to punish K-Mart after prematurely exposing the PS3 slim. "I don't know what you're talking about!" he said. "We value all our retail partners. They just got a little excited."

Excited is a good word.

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  • matt87_50
    yeah thats fine... but they better bring it back when they stop selling PS2s! ps2 was like the biggest console in a while, it would be a shame to see all those games retired to coaster duties...
  • riquisimo
    WOW. Thats stupid. DS was backwards compatable with GBA, PS2 with PS1, Wii with GCN. GBA with EVERY gameboy iteration before it. Even a few xbox games played on 360.

    WHY abandon its thousands of ps2 games? I personally would rather buy a blu-ray drive on my PC for 100, and just play my games on PC/360
  • sactownbwoy
    Soldier37 thank you!! Why are people still clinging onto ps2 games? chances are if you like playing ps2 games and/or have a ton of them you also own a ps2. I didn't buy my ps3 to play ps2 games. Let the era of the ps2 go