The backwards compatibility issues in the first generation of Playstation 3s seem like nothing compared to the new batch. The upcoming PAL region Playstation 3, which emulates Playstation 2 software doesn’t look like it’s going to please anyone who cares about backwards compatiblity. Glancing over the PAL compatibility list: Final Fantasy X, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Resident Evil 4, Soul Calibur 3, Zone of the Enders, Spider Man, and Disgaea 2 all have serious issues when playing the games. The Ratchet & Clank series, Metal Gear Solid 2, Final Fantasy VII and Gran Turismo 4 won’t even work. Don’t worry though Barbie’s Horse Adventures plays fine on the new PS3 model. The official site notes that “to have the best experience” you should skip optional FMV sequences, which sort of ruins playing cutscene heavy RPGs like the Xenosaga series. Since it’s cheaper to produce a Playstation 3 without PS2 chips there is a high chance that Sony is going to begin selling these PS3s in North America and Japan. If you care about backwards compatibility you might want to consider getting a PS3 sooner rather than later. For once being an early adopter pays off.
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