Sony lists PS3 backwards compatability

Just shy of the launch, Sony has just launched a backwards compatability site for the PlayStation 3, allowing consumers to check if previous PlayStation games will work on the latest console.

The web site at lists those titles from the portfolio of PS2 titles available in the SCEE PAL territories that are playable on PS3.

“Our engineers have been working overtime, and have succeeded in delivering a significant number of playable PS2 titles for the European launch”, said David Reeves, President of SCEE.

“We will be adding additional titles to this list in future firmware upgrades, but as we have made clear before, in the future our resources will be increasingly focused on developing new services and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, rather than on delivering PS2 backwards compatibility.”

New owners of a PAL PS3 will need to install the latest firmware upgrade to play the PS2 titles listed on the web site. The upgrade will be available at launch from midnight on 22nd March through the PLAYSTATION Network, from or, for those unable to access the internet, on a disc obtained from local Customer Services.

The latest system software upgrade (Version 1.60) will deliver features such as Folding@home connectivity, background downloading of content from the PLAYSTATION Store, support for Bluetooth keyboards and mice, and an optional full QWERTY on-screen keyboard for text entry.

Source: PlayStation 3 press release

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