While we know the launch PS3s and the later ones are different - lacking the emotion engine - what is the difference between, say, the MGS4 Bundle PS3 which offered software backwards compatibility, and the other versions which only allow you to play PS1 games?
Is it just a firmware block that removes the perk, or are there more components removed on those models which disallow it?
I have a ps3 160gb. why in the world wouldn't this be backward compatible? It just doesn't make sense.
Because Sony still wants us to buy the old PS2 instead play with ps3 backward compatibility, anyway ps2 systems won't be dead soon as many developers still make games for it. Why? because they sold about 140 units and many of us still buy ps2 games.In conclusion is all about money and marketing
Well, in the future may be, but for now only older version ps3s can play ps2 games.
Yeah. I was initially waiting for a price drop on the PS3, but when that did not happen and realized that the newer versions were not backwards compatible I decided to buy a used 60GB PS3 that had the hardware necessary to play PS2 games. I purchased it, in not working condition, for about $350, installed a laser and have been up and running since December '08.
Today, I'm glad I purchased the used, older version with PS2 compatibility, even if it cost me about the same as a brand new PS3, after the purchase of the laser. If you are still looking to purchase a PS3, get the version with the hardware built into the board. It will be more reliable.