Do You Play PS2 Games on PS3 Through Backward Compatibility?

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#1 Posted by jakob187 (21787 posts) -

#2 Posted by jakob187 (21787 posts) -

This is a simple question with a big purpose behind it: how many people who own or use PlayStation 3 consoles actually put their old PlayStation 2 games into the console and play them?

Amidst rumors of the PlayStation 4 removing backward compatibility for PS3 games, there are people pitching a fit about it, and I just don't necessarily understand it. In turn, I was curious just how many Bombers out there actually use their PS3 to play physical copies of PS2 games. If you do, is it more than you play PS3 games? If not, do you buy HD Collections of PS2 games when they are released? Do you buy PS1 Classics on the PSN Store?

Meanwhile, I know that the PS3 Slims don't necessarily have backward compatibility, and I think that's interesting - how the current console doesn't have it, but people are complaining about how the next console might not.

So...let's discuss this particular thing a little further. Is backward compatibility necessary for whatever next consoles come out? If so, would a lack of backward compatibility be a complete dealbreaker for you?

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

How the hell would I?

#4 Posted by Hector (3382 posts) -

I rather just download the games of the PSN. That's what I've been doing with Sly Cooper, Jack, God of War...etc...

#5 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

I still have my launch PS3. I think the last time I put a PS2 game into it was 3 years ago.

#6 Posted by c_rakestraw (854 posts) -

I don't have a PS3 with backward compatibility, so I can't even if I wanted to (and I have wanted to do so, sometimes).

#7 Posted by Marz (5676 posts) -

I have an old Fat PS3 that can play PS2 games and PS1 games.

#8 Posted by Sackmanjones (4767 posts) -

No, therefore I couldn't care less if the PS4 has backwards compatibility. Unless my ps3 dies when its within 10 feet of a ps4, I can just play them on there

#9 Edited by jakob187 (21787 posts) -

@Marz said:

I have an old Fat PS3 that can play PS2 games and PS1 games.

But DO YOU play PS2 and PS1 games on it? That's the question.

@Video_Game_King said:

How the hell would I?

Those with pre-Slim models had backward compatibility.

@C_Rakestraw said:

I don't have a PS3 with backward compatibility, so I can't even if I wanted to (and I have wanted to do so, sometimes).

...but you still bought a PS3, so it wasn't a deal breaker for you?

#10 Posted by GooieGreen (455 posts) -

I would have if right before I bought my PS3 the neutered models weren't announced (killing that market and boxing me into buying a fat without BC among other features). Would I? Probably not. I still have my PS2 and it is somehow working. I have plenty of games that I never finished or even played, and there are even more that I want to repurchase or buy outright.

I tend to play more PS1 games at times, and I should have probably bought some of the Final Fantasy games over again so I could take them with me on my PSPgo or the Vita, but I don't see myself playing those enough to justify buying them again. Re-releases with trophies, as shallow as it sounds, might actually get me to buy in (read: I'm buying Final Fantasy X when it comes out on Vita). It is a nice feature, and perhaps more meaningful in the age of online play, meta-gaming, and the overabundance of redundant electronic crap that we all cling to, but it isn't a reason to not buy the next system.

#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -


I was more trying to indicate how I don't own a PS3. Hell, I'm playing Persona 4 on my old PS2.

#12 Posted by Marz (5676 posts) -
@jakob187 said:

@Marz said:

I have an old Fat PS3 that can play PS2 games and PS1 games.

But DO YOU play PS2 and PS1 games on it? That's the question.

@Video_Game_King said:

How the hell would I?

Those with pre-Slim models had backward compatibility.

@C_Rakestraw said:

I don't have a PS3 with backward compatibility, so I can't even if I wanted to (and I have wanted to do so, sometimes).

...but you still bought a PS3, so it wasn't a deal breaker for you?

#13 Posted by jakob187 (21787 posts) -

@Marz: I was just wondering. All you said was that your PS3 CAN play those types of games.

#14 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5826 posts) -

Nah man 
I play my PS3 on an HDTV; any PS2 game would look ugly on it. 
There's and older TV in the living room that I use for all my PS2/GC/PS1/etc. games.

#15 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (479 posts) -

When my 60 gig was still alive I did, though it got less frequent as time went on. Now that I can't (had to replace it with a slim), I totally want to, because it was easier than trying to get my PS2 hooked up to my monitor. I'm not so bummed about PS4 not having backwards compatibility because A) they will most likely be completely up front with it and B) if they are changing the internals of the machine to make it better to make games on, I will take that over backwards compatibility hands down.

#16 Posted by c_rakestraw (854 posts) -

@jakob187 said:

@C_Rakestraw said:

I don't have a PS3 with backward compatibility, so I can't even if I wanted to (and I have wanted to do so, sometimes).

...but you still bought a PS3, so it wasn't a deal breaker for you?

Definitely not. I just see it as a nice bonus if included. I still have my PS2 set up, so it's not really a problem. Only reason I ever wish it were still around is when I'm feeling too lazy to turn on the ol' PS2.

#17 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

no, i don't since mine isn't backward compatible.

i don't have a working ps2 so i can't play ps2 games either. i do buy the HD collection because like i said i don't have a working ps2.

#18 Posted by MikkaQ (10346 posts) -

No I just bought a cheap PS2.

#19 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

I do tend to. The upscaling is nice, and the wireless controllers, and the elimination of memory card management.

#20 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Well, I most certainly would if the PS3 still had that functionality.

#21 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

Fuck yes.

#22 Posted by Landon (4164 posts) -

I have a slim, so I cant.

#23 Edited by SoldierG654342 (1826 posts) -

The ones that work fine I do, but the ones that have issues I still use my PS2 for. Memory Card space is scarce these days.

#24 Posted by TooWalrus (13258 posts) -

I never have, actually. I've got an SDTV with a PS2 hooked up to it for when I feel that itch (which is rarely, anyway.) OH! I should probably play Dark Alliance 2 at some point.

#25 Posted by Masha2932 (1242 posts) -

I use my PS2 to play my PS2 games, even though the wired controller is a nuisance sometimes.

#26 Posted by Buttenator (191 posts) -

Yup, recently replayed Suikoden V on it.

#27 Posted by wemibelec90 (1879 posts) -

I bought a PS2 to play all my PS2 games. Playing them on their original system eliminates any strange emulation glitches and it only cost my $100 when I picked it up. Not too bad for a system with quite possibly the best library of any game system out there.

#28 Posted by benspyda (2054 posts) -

Nope. Only because my PS3 has never had that feature. I boot up my PS2 every once in a while though.

I think they are going to drastically change the architecture of their next console so that it is easier to develop for thus making backwards compatibility a problem I'm sure.

#29 Posted by Wrighteous86 (3824 posts) -

I would if I could. I want to keep good old games, but get rid of as much clutter as possible: namely, old consoles. Either that, or give me digital downloads.

#30 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

Not in a few years to be honest, MGS 2 + 3, Persona 4, KH: Chain of Memories and God of War 1 (pre-HD release) come to mind. So not in 2 years at the least and not since my YLOD and paying for a replacement system.

#31 Edited by Foghorn6 (35 posts) -

I used to, but my backwards compatible PS3 died.

#32 Posted by ShadowKing7 (753 posts) -

I did quite frequently until my fat PS3 crapped out on me.

#33 Edited by Driadon (3046 posts) -

I most definitally do, as I was one of the few that missed the PS2 during it's hay-day. Ever since I snagged my backwards compatible PS3 I've slowly been building up a PS2 collection, particularly of old hard-to-find games.

As for it's use, my PS2 and PS3 playing is roughly even. It does help that the PS2 had a crapton of giant RPGs on it.

#34 Posted by kindpixel (2864 posts) -

Not ever since I moved to a 70" television, no. The games look horrible and nearly impossible to play if you have any dignity left in your PS3!


#35 Posted by Galiant (2197 posts) -

I want to, but I can't anymore. My launch PS3 broke and I now have a Slim.

#36 Posted by sarge1445 (677 posts) -

I would if i could i have a slim and a non bc fat so i have to keep my ps2 hooked up for games that dont get a collection like persona and a dbz budokai 3

#37 Posted by RE_Player1 (7530 posts) -

I wish my PS3 played PS2 games. Would love to play through Persona 4 and Budokai 3 without having to pull out my PS2 and deal with memory cards :(

#38 Posted by WilltheMagicAsian (1542 posts) -

I still have my launch PS2 + Scaler + SLG-3000 for LCD usage.

Trying to find a Commodore 1702 for a good price around me though.

#39 Posted by Zleunamme (715 posts) -

I use too when I had the MGS 4 bundle but had to buy a slim when it broke. I still have my PS2 but does anybody know how to make it look better? I have to use component and certain games were not meant to be shown on an HD TV. I'm glad that PS1/PS2 games are available on PSN. But I like to be able to my copy of REZ or the Shin Megami Tensi games.

#40 Edited by MEATBALL (3611 posts) -

I do, most recently Digital Devil Saga 1&2 and Persona 4. But videogame journalists say we don't need backwards compatibility so obviously I'm crazy.

#41 Posted by Otacon (2209 posts) -

Very rarely, played P4 on my ps3, but had very negative experiences with a lot of other games so don't really bother.

#42 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

I would play my PS2 games on my PS3, if I could.

#43 Edited by DjCmeP (1148 posts) -


I usually sell my old console after getting the next gen one. If I wanted to play old PS3 games I'd keep the console and play with it later. Also if there would be backwards compatibility it would bring up the console's price and people would bitch about that too.

#44 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

Occasionally, but the PS4 not being backwards compatible wouldn't really be a dealbreaker for me.

The PS3 and 360 can barely play old games anyway.

#45 Posted by Tamaster92 (272 posts) -

On the subject of backwards compstability I think it's far more pertinent to see whether the next gen can play this generations digital titles. If not I think that psn and XBLA will really get hit hard from the lash back.

#46 Posted by korkesh (133 posts) -

Well until my launch console got the yellow light I always played PS2/PS1 games on it. I am one of those people who loves to go back and replay some of their favorite games from past generations every year or so. I also never would have experienced the persona series if my PS3 didn't have backwards compatibility, which would have been a shame because it has now become my favorite rpg series.

Although I would prefer the consoles to maintain their backwards compatibility, as long as they continue to put out the classic games as HD re-releases I am okay to just go ahead and buy those. The collections also have given me a chance to play games I never had the chance to on their original console, such as the sly cooper series and god of war, which after playing the collection I can't wait for Sly 4.

#47 Posted by Jawshua (272 posts) -

I used to until my launch PS3 took a crap about a week ago.

#48 Posted by RobotHamster (4178 posts) -

I've played a few on mine (I have the 80gig BC model). The last PS2 game I put in I think was San Andreas a while back.

#49 Posted by MetalBaofu (1450 posts) -

I voted no, because I can't....didn't think about voting on if I would or not. There are some PS2 games I would probably throw in there sometimes if I could, but honestly, I most likely wouldn't do it enough to really matter.

#50 Posted by mlarrabee (3094 posts) -

I wish. My PS3 doesn't include that feature, which is irritating because I can't justify buying a PS2 just so I can play the original Killzone.

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