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PS3 backwards compatibility now fixed?


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Well it has according to http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3156664

However PS3 was playing back many PS2 and PlayStation games was resulting in almost unreadable text, forcing many to keep their PS2s sitting around if they wanted a bout of Kingdom Hearts 2 or Okami.

Thankfully, though, Sony's issued a firmware update, bringing the console up to version 1.5, that makes this issue disappear. Now, there are still problems with specific releases that have yet to be addressed, but for the most part, your library of old releases should run no problem now -- and with higher clarity than was ever possible on the other machines, to boot.

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The last update also allowed PS2 HDD-requiring games to work. Which finally lets all three UK owners of Resident Evil Outbreak play it without 40-second load times. AMAZING SCENES.

Sony's eeeeeevil corporate stance:

But there aren't any UK owners of PS2's with HDD's. Plus no-one does importing in Europe because we, being a huge company, can make governments forget for a bit that they claim to support free trade. We didn't tell people in Europe about those things, so they don't know them. Just like they don't know about the Wii and 360, or that we're charging them Brits ridiculous money for the machine compared to the Japanese. (fingers in ears) LA LA LA LA LA

Meant to be more of a jape than a serious rebuttal.

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TBH, no-one who bought Outbreak kept it when Outbreak 2 came out. I'm more interested in the update due for the Euro launch- the one with multitasking support so you can download/ chat/ play back your music/ rearrange your Porn folders while a game is sitting in the background.

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X-Box fan boy hits back with a deadly rebuttal on slashdot

You're talking about completely different fronts here. The PS3's problems which were fixed had to do with how PS2 things LOOKED ugly on the PS3. Microsoft got flak for not supporting enough games. The funny this is, MS said from the get go: We're not supporting the whole library, we're starting small, and we'll add more games as time goes on.

Sony promised perfect PS2 backwards compatibility. It turns out, some games don't work at all and those that did work looked like crap until this update.

MS delivered exactly what they promised. Sony did not.

Oh noes! Totally owned!

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He's got a point though. Underpromising & overdelivering was always going to be the better strategy. Sony did the opposite and deserve their criticism

Yeah, but what Microsoft promised is still less than what Sony delivered, so it's a bloody stupid point unless you get irrationally wound up by corporate lies.

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  • 4 months later...

I was playing the original PS1 Tomb Raider last night on my US PS3, and the picture was compressed horizontally by about an inch I reckon. I don't use the scaling from the latest firmware update because my LCD does a better job, but even when I tried the scaling option, the image was still squashed. Setting my TV to 14:9 made things better, but the image was then too wide and blurred as hell.

I also noticed the sound dropping out as Lara ran around - about every 4th footstep there would be a break in the audio for the next two steps she took. The amp display kept showing that there was no signal to the front speakers.

I've not had any problems with the PS2 games I've played (Okami and DDR:Supernova), but there definitely seems to be something wrong with PS1 support. Anyone else noticed this?

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