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PS3 Slim backwards compatibility?


I know everyone is saying no, but is it possible? What did the 80/60gb’s have that the slim doesn’t have in order for that to work? I know that there are some PS2 classics for PS3, but none of them are the games I grew up with, and I cant find a PS2 anywhere (let alone afford it). So, is there any software or hardware I could install to fix this? Btw, it would help if you worked at Sony, but any “techie” works.

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  1. just because a PS3 is fat does NOT mean it can play PS2 games. there is a fat 40GB and 80GB and neither of them play PS2 games. the only models that can play PS2 game discs are as follows:

    20GB – CECHBxx

    60GB – CECHAxx, CECHCxx

    80GB – CECHExx

    all of the other systems can NOT play PS2 game discs. they can, however, play PS2 games downloaded through the PlayStation store.

    backward compatibility for the PS3 with PS2 games is as follows on NTSC-U/C systems:

    20GB (4 USB slots, fat, no longer in production) – YES

    60GB (4 USB slots, fat, no longer in production) – YES

    80GB with 4 USB slots (fat, no longer in production, bundled with MGS4 or Motor Storm) – YES

    40GB (2 USB slots, fat, no longer in production) – NO

    80GB with 2 USB slots (fat, no longer in production) – NO

    160GB (2 USB slots, fat, no longer in production) – NO

    120GB/slim (2 USB slots) – NO

    250GB/slim (2 USB slots) – NO

    any other up coming PS3’s – NO

    in short: if it has 4 USB slots, yes. if it has 2 USB slots, no.

    also, you CANNOT mod a PS3 to play PS2 game discs. it is impossible.

    as stated on the PlayStation website: “If a PlayStation 3 is not backward compatible, you will not be able to add this function through any hardware (i.e., changing the hard disk drive) or software (i.e., updates, homebrew) upgrades or modifications.”

    the software found on the PSN is for backwards compatible PS3s ONLY, and will NOT make a non-BC PS3 backwards compatible with PS2 games.

    so it is NOT possible. end of story.

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  2. Every single backward compatible PS3 Fatboy had the PS2 Graphics Synthesizer chip because Sony was unable (or unwilling) to emulate it at the time. This is that hardware that is required on the motherboard and is what Sony removed to cut costs (or increase PS2 profits, or whatever your opinion is of the situation). No, you can’t just add this chip to your present PS3 motherboard. Swapping the motherboards themselves will not even work.

    The 1st gen systems had the PS2’s CPU, but the 2nd gen systems emulated it (which led to less PS2 games that you could play on it).

    I’m sorry if you really can’t find a PS2 in your town (which is hard to believe, honestly), but its going to be cheaper than trying to “add” this chip.

  3. I think the earlier PS3’s had that Emotion Engine chip installed, and the only way you can play PS2 games on the PS3 is to buy it off the PS Store, not an option I know, or to buy the HD collections that are coming out now, like the Jak and Daxter Collection and Ratchet and Clank Collection. Other than that, you will have to hack your PS3.

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