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SCEE Responds to Backward Compatability

Sony blog Three Speech talked to Sony Computer Entertainment of Europe about last week's announcement that the PS3 wouldn't be fully backwards compatible.




People weren’t expecting this announcement. Surely we have the right to know the number of PAL supported games before the launch?

We have been assessing the extent of backward compatibility, and will continue to do so right up until launch. It is therefore not possible to provide a specific number of backwards compatible titles at this stage, but close to launch consumers will be able to check whether their titles are compatible with PS3 by looking at the list of compatible titles at http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc. This site will be available on 23rd March to meet launch day.

Does this mean that the PS2 hardware chips have been removed completely and replaced with software-only emulation?

The original PS3 used the Emotion Engine/Graphics Synthesiser to emulate PS2 titles. With the latest European specification we have removed the Emotion Engine, retaining the graphics chip. This has an impact on the number of PS2 titles that will be backwards compatible.

If this is a business decision to save cost, why are users left to bear the burden, having to purchase a system inferior to those sold in the US and Japan at a higher price?

The PS3 launching in Europe is every bit as powerful as the PS3s available currently in North America and Japan. PS3 is defined by key features such as the CELL broadband engine, its Blu-ray drive, the SIXAXIS Controller and its ability to output full 1080P HD game content which makes it an entertainment system for the future, without equal.

PS one titles remain backwards compatible and we will continue to assess the compatibility of PS2 titles right up until launch We will continue to offer firmware upgrades to increase the number of titles that are compatible, but rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.

How will consumers be able to tell the difference between the fully compatible launch model available in America and Japan and the new degraded model?

On the external packaging of the PS3 there will be a small ‘PAL’ logo to denote that the PS3 is built for the European market (North American and Japanese models have a ‘NTSC’ logo). The model number will also appear on the label stuck to the top flap of the PS3 packaging (beginning CECHC followed by two digits – see below).

In addition, each PS3 carries a barcode and serial number on the back of the system. At the end of the unique serial number for each console is the model number. In the SCEE territories there are four model numbers:

Europe: CECHC04
UK and Ireland: CECHC03
Australia/New Zealand: CECHC02
Russia/India: CECHC08

Will the new updated hardware version improve the quality of the images of PS2 games on the PS3, as the current crop have been highly criticised?

This has already been achieved by a firmware upgrade, which will be incorporated in European launch models

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Raist3919d ago

"Will the new updated hardware version improve the quality of the images of PS2 games on the PS3, as the current crop have been highly criticised?

This has already been achieved by a firmware upgrade, which will be incorporated in European launch models"

I guess they didn't get the question :p

Keeping the GS is a surprising move tho. Cell is better at emulating the EE, than RSX the GS or something ?

BoneMagnus3919d ago

"but rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology."

Isn't this basically the same exact thing MS(I think Peter Moore) has said about the 360 regarding BC?

timmyp533919d ago

was great... hopefully EU gets the same benifts with future firmware upgrades.

rjgbyrne3919d ago

I really do like Sony and their creation of a console the community will take advantage of but I think their attitude towards the community and its customers needs to be more honest, even if the PS3 wasn't as good a 'Pony' as the Xbox 360, if they were up-front and honest I would buy their console only leaving the software siide they'd need to win meover with. Unfortunitly, the only reson I would buy a PS3 is for its Blu Ray movie play function. Sadly, I do think I will stick with my standard DVD player until the format war with HDDVD is won and then probably buy a PS3 if Blu ray is the Vixtor.

Come on Sony, be upfront, honest and please get Phil Harrision out of the public eye, if the rumble feature is last generations why is Sega touting Sixaxis as Rubbish?

Also, regarding Spiderman 3 having more features than the xbox 360 version because Sony/Colombia own the rights, you won't be getting my 'Dollar' for this Overdog activity. More people always side with the underdog, Microsoft and Nintendo are these puppies.