Are PS2 Games Compatible with a PS3?

The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is the top selling gaming console of all time. More than 10 years after launch in early 2000, the company continues to sell the console even though it was succeeded by the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in 2006. Sony has gone on the public record that they will continue support for the PS2 life cycle until demand for the product ceases. A common question that arises for a fan of various PlayStation 2 titles is can you play PS2 games on PS3?

How to Determine if the PS3 Can Play PS2 Games?

Generally speaking, the range of compatibility between PS3 models significantly varies based on the type, model, and hard drive size. The 20 and 60 GB NTSC Sony PS3 models are considered to PS3 and PS2be the best for supporting backwards compatibility with the PS2. They contain a full PS2 Emotion Engine (EE) and have PS2 circuitry. Due to increased cost, this approach was abandoned by Sony which closed the 60 GB PS3 model after a short production time. The Sony 40 GB model does not support backwards compatibility with the PS2, but it does have full backwards compatibility with the PS1.  The 80 GB PS3 supports PS2 games through software emulation along with the 60 GB PAL model. The PS3 Slim has hard drives that range in size between 120 and 320 GB and only supports PS2 games available for download from the PlayStation Network (PSN).

PlayStation 3 Compatibility Matrix

The following compatibility matrix can be used to check to see if your PS3 is backwards compatible with PS2 games. If the PS3 model is not listed, then it was likely purchased in a foreign country that requires separate validation for compatibility.

Model Number

Hard Drive Capacity

USB Ports

Storage Media Slots

PlayStation 2 Software Compatibility

In Production

CECH-3001B

320GB

2

No

No

Yes

CECH-3001A

160GB

2

No

No

Yes

CECH-2501B

320GB

2

No

No

No

CECH-2501A

160GB

2

No

No

No

CECH-2101B

250GB

2

No

No

No

CECH-2101A

120GB

2

No

No

No

CECH-2001B

250GB

2

No

No

No

CECH-2001A

120GB

2

No

No

No

CECHP01

160GB

2

No

No

No

CECHL01

80GB

2

No

No

No

CECHK01

80GB

2

No

No

No

CECHE01

80GB

4

Yes

Yes

No

CECHG01

40GB

2

No

No

No

CECHH01

40GB

2

No

No

No

CECHA01

60GB

4

Yes

Yes

No

CECHB01

20GB

4

No

Yes

No

Where is the PS Model and Serial Number?

A common question that arises for gamers looking to verify if their PS3 supports PS2 games is where to find the model and serial number of their PS3. To locate, pick up the PS3 and locate the bar code sticker that is located on the rear or back of the unit. Beneath the bar code, there will be an 11 digit serial number that is then followed by the model number. All PS3 model numbers are preceded by the letters “CECH.” The model number can also be found by looking on the top of the retail box of the PS3 (the part of the box where the handle is). It is also printed beneath the contents of the PS3 box. The PS3 serial number will also be printed on the store receipt (in many cases but not all) if you have purchased the device at a brick-and-mortar store. Sony also prints the compatibility status of the PS3 on the back of the box beneath the features. At the time of this writing, only the PS3 models CECHA01, CECHB01, and CECHE01 are able to play some PS2 and PS1 titles with full compatibility not guaranteed.

Where to Get PS2 Games for PS3 Consoles Not Compatible

Just because a PS3 is not directly compatible doesn’t mean that one can’t play their favorite PS2 titles on a PS3. It just means that PS2 games must be downloaded from the PlayStation Store. Even if you already own the game title in PS2 format, Sony will still require a separate purchase of the title from their store.

How to Save Game Progress for PS2 Games on the PS3

First, if you do not own a PS3 model CECHA01, CECHB01, CECHE01, there is not a published mechanism by Sony for you to save game progress for PS2 games. On compatible models, you have to make an internal memory card on the PS3 hard disk drive. If you are playing both PS1 and PS2 games, a separate card must be made for each variant of software. Even though you may have more space available, the virtual card will have the same size limitations as the actual device(s). The size limitations are 1MB for PS1 cards and 8MB for PS2.

Step 1 – Select “Game” and “Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)” and press the select button.

Step 2 – Choose “New Internal Memory Card” and the press the select button.
Step 3 – Choose “Internal Memory Card (PS2)” to save game data for PS2 game titles. Alternatively you can select “Internal Memory Card (PS) “for PS 1 games. Either choice must be followed by selecting the select button.
Step 4 – Choose the button that has the name field highlighted to use an on-screen keyboard if you want to input a unique name for the internal memory card. Then, select “Ok” and press the select button.

Step 5 – If you have not previously created an internal memory card, then press the select button to assign the newly created internal memory card to slot 1. After this step, the internal memory card will be created.

Steps to Assign a PS2 Memory Card Slot on a PS3

If a memory card slot has already been created on the PS3, then to be used the player must assign a virtual slot on the device to use the card to save game progress.

Step 1 – Select “Game” and “Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2)” and then press the select button.

Step 2 – Highlight the memory card to use and press the select button.

Step 3 – Highlight the “assign slots” menu option and press the select button.

Step 4 – Highlight either “Slot 1” or “Slot 2” to assign the internal memory card to the slot and press the select button.

Step 5 – Choose the “Remove” menu option if you desire to remove the internal memory card from an assigned slot.

PS2 Games Compatible with the PS3

The 40 GB, 160 GB, 320 GB, 80 GB re-release, and slim versions of the PS3 are not backwards compatible with PS2 games due to the hardware chips from the former consoles not being included with the gaming boxes. As Sony releases new firmware this list may change and the current status of compatibility can be verified at the Sony backward compatibility database.

PS2 Games Partially Compatible with the PS3

One of the sources of the most frustration for gamers isn’t with PS2 games that are not compatible with the PS3, but with those which are only partially compatible, or have issues in later stages of the respective game. As a result, the following games listed are those that are “compatible” but have well-documented issues at some stage in the game or with performance when playing on the 20/60 GB NTSC or 60/80 GB models. The list can improve for the better as new firmware updates are issued by Sony but is current at the time of this writing.

Title                                Publisher                           Issue               

187 Ride or Die                                  Ubisoft                          During various FMV sequences throughout the title, the audio cuts out; throughout the “The Coast  Escort” mission, graphical corruption appears throughout the shadow texture of the user’s vehicle.

Aeon Flux                                          Majesco                         At a random point during gameplay, the title does not respond to user input.

Aero Elite: Combat Academy          Sega                              The title is unable to perform intended HDD functionality. Throughout the Introductory FMV sequence, the FMV audio stutters and/or plays overlapped with static audio distortion.

Area 51                                               Midway                         Upon boot up, the title hangs.

Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia         NIS America                Bugs Random save file corruption or complete loss. Lockup during Raki fight is game bug, not PS3 bug.            Bugs Random virtual memory card save file corruption or complete loss. Lockup during Raki fight is game bug, not PS3 bug.

Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood     Eidos Interactive         Throughout gameplay, various graphics intermittently flicker. During various FMV sequences throughout the title, the FMV audio does not play as intended. Throughout the title, when a menu screen appears, various graphics randomly jitter.

Beyond Good and Evil                     Ubisoft                        At various points during gameplay, water textures appear corrupt.

Black (video game)                            Electronic Arts              At various points during gameplay, the user’s character teleports to a random nearby location. At various points during gameplay, the user’s character may become stuck.

Blitz: The League                              Midway                         When network gameplay begins, a network error message appears, and the user is disconnected.

BMX XXX                                         Acclaim                         Throughout gameplay, the title performs at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Burnout 3: Takedown                      Electronic Arts              The title does not detect a valid network configuration saved to the VMC. At various point throughout the title, the title does not recognize the internal memory card.

Burnout Revenge                              Electronic Arts              Throughout the title, when a menu screen containing a background FMV sequence appears, the FMV appears with graphical corruption, graphical “tearing”, stutters for approximately one second, and/or a portion of the FMV plays in a continuous loop.

Cold Fear                                           Ubisoft                          At random points during gameplay, the PAUSE screen randomly appears.

Colin McRae Rally 04                       Codemasters                 Plays  Has problems with the virtual memory card reading.

Colin McRae Rally 2005                   Codemasters                 Sometimes runs slower than on PlayStation 2.

Crash Twinsanity                              Vivendi                       At a random point during gameplay, the title may hang.

Darkwatch                                         Capcom                         Throughout the title, when a menu screen appears, the audio stutters; During various FMV sequences throughout the title, the FMV appears misaligned; Throughout gameplay, when the user presses the R1 button to shoot, various shooting animations do not appear.

Dawn of Mana                                              Square Enix                 Throughout gameplay, various characters move erratically and/or do not perform as intended. Throughout gameplay, various character model graphics appear corrupted and/or randomly “twitch”.

Destroy All Humans!                                    THQ                                          At specific points during gameplay, character weapons do not function as intended.

Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates                      Sony Computer Entertainment           Throughout the title, a random character model shadow graphic appears in the center of the screen. Throughout gameplay, various environment graphics intermittently appear corrupted.

Dynasty Warriors 3  Koei    Throughout the Introductory FMA sequence, various character graphics flicker and/or appear with polygon “stretching”.

Extermination            Sony Computer Entertainment   Throughout the Demo FMA sequence, the character(s) do not perform as intended.

Gitaroo Man              Koei    The display flickers/stutters during the title menu and the game frequently crashes during multiplayer

God of War   Sony Computer Entertainment           During various FMV sequences throughout the title the audio plays overlapped by static audio distortion. The character has no shadow.

God of War II           Sony Computer Entertainment             The character has no shadow.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories                 Rockstar Games          Sometimes cutscene audio is out of sync.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories          Rockstar Games          Slows down when there’s a lot of action on screen.

Gungrave                   Sega                  Throughout gameplay, the title performs at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin                 Eidos Interactive         Throughout gameplay, the title performs at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy     Sony Computer Entertainment           Plays, freezes randomly, most of the time unfreezes

James Bond 007: Nightfire               Electronic Arts            Used to play but on new firmware updates, it says ‘unsupported data’ this is with version 3.20

Jaws Unleashed                     Majesco           Plays, will freeze sometimes.

Madden NFL 07                    EA Sports       With either a DHCP or Static IP network connection, when the user tries to connect to the EA server, a message appears stating that no supported network hardware is detected. During network gameplay, the user is randomly disconnected; throughout the title, when a screen change occurs, the title freezes for approximately 1 second.

Manhunt        Rockstar Games          Does not work on the PAL version of the ps3 game will boot and freeze after the first cut scene.         At a specific point during the Introductory FMA sequence, the title may hang; During specific “Level” FMA sequences, the FMA may skip, Does not work on the PAL version of the ps3 game will boot and freeze after the first cutscene

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater                 Konami           Very low framerate, Virtual Memory card savefile(s)’ random corruption or complete loss/inability to save progress either ingame or while booting. Corruption is generally a temporary problem and can easily be fixed with a reboot or a resave in a different save slot.

Musashi: Samurai Legend               SQUAREENIX          Lighting and other effects are rendered improperly and issues of flashing during battles.

NFL Street 3              Electronic Arts  Throughout gameplay, various graphics appear corrupted. The following conditions have been confirmed on PS3 System Software Version 1.90: Throughout the title, various graphics randomly jitter. All conditions have been resolved on PS3 System Software Version 1.92.

Persona 3  FES          Atlus   Bugs: Virtual Memory card savefile(s)’ random corruption or complete loss/inability to save progress either ingame or while booting. Corruption is generally a temporary problem and can easily be fixed with a reboot or a resave in a different save slot. Game hangs during full moon event in September but resumes after 20 minutes or so with no further problems

Persona 4       Atlus   Bugs: The bar in the lower left hand corner showing close interactive items or location is empty.

Phantasy Star Universe Sega  At a specific point preceding network gameplay, the title hangs.

Ratchet & Clank       PlayStation 2   Sony Computer Entertainment           Throughout gameplay, the title performs at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando         Sony Computer Entertainment           At a specific point during gameplay, the title hangs, Throughout gameplay, the title performs at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal                       Sony Computer Entertainment  At a specific point preceding network gameplay, the title hangs. At various points during gameplay, the title may perform at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Ratchet: Deadlocked             Sony Computer Entertainment  At a specific point preceding network gameplay, the title hangs. Throughout gameplay, various graphics appear corrupted. Throughout gameplay, the title runs at a significantly slower than normal performance speed.

Rayman Raving Rabbids                 Ubisoft              Some graphical corruption after Ubisoft logo and after selecting profile.

Shadow of Destiny                Konami  At a specific point during gameplay, the title hangs.

Shadow Hearts: Covenant               Midway No  Randomly freezes without recovering, switching controller to digital mode and not using the analog sticks does not fix the issue.    Frequently freezes for short periods of time if using the Analog Stick(~10–20 seconds) If DPad is used there is no problem.

Shadow Hearts: From the New World Xseed Games Frequently freezes, will not continue play

Silent Hill 2                 Konami One of James’ leg disappears when he is standing still or idle.

Spartan: Total Warrior        SEGA No  freezes and out of sync audio on opening cutscene

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time                Square Enix     Freezes at one point of the game. Does not unfreeze.

Star Wars: Battlefront II                  LucasArts        At a specific point during gameplay, various graphics appear corrupt.

Summoner 2  THQ    At a specific point during the Opening FMA sequence, the title hangs.

Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow      Sony Computer Entertainment           Bugs: Throughout game play, character weapons do not appear in their proper location. Throughout game play, the enemies do not attack as intended.

Tales of the Abyss                 Bandai Namco Games                        When player enters Choral Castle, game controls lockup permanently. Cannot advance past this point.

Tekken Tag Tournament                 Namco Games Title runs very slow, around 15fps compared to its intended 60fps therefore being nearunplayable. Hangs when starting with Xiaoyu.

Transformers                        Atari    Audio playback during FMV’s is slightly distorted. Loading screen Graphic’s jitter. Loading screen after selecting a New game is 50% darker than normal.

Ultimate Alliance                   Activision        During network gameplay, the user is randomly disconnected.

Unreal Tournament  Atari      At various points throughout the title, extraneous sound effects randomly play.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007               THQ    ~ Disconnects when attempting to play online when CAWs are used.

WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It               THQ      During various FMV sequences throughout the title, the FMV audio plays at approximately 90% of the normal performance speed.

Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht             Namco SLUS20469                  Running in place occurs when entering the AWGS Academy in the Kukai Foundation for the first time, making progression impossible approximately halfway through the game.

Yakuza                       Sega    Indefinite freeze in Ch.7 when loading “Mysterious Organization” and Ch.13 when loading “MBI.” Passive freeze points In Ch.3 after the funeral and a fight scene in Ch. 5. This can be passed by ejecting the disk immediately when the loading scene starts; the music will pause, then reinsert the disk. Passive in game freeze point occurs in Ch.11 (?) in midbattle, when prompted to jump. Eject the disk during the battle to bypass this freeze, and reinsert it to load the jump, repeating as this happens multiple times during the battle.

Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament                       Konami           During various FMV sequences throughout the title, random portions of FMV audio may play in a loop; Throughout gameplay, portions of various character model graphics appear corrupted.

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  • runeste

    i have PS3 wirh 250GB that’s mean i can play PS2 games on it??

    • sam

      but can’t you only use curtain ps2 games on ps3. Because i got a ps3 for christmas 2010 and i also have a ps2 so can i play all ps2 games on the ps3?

    • Just Somone

      You can’t play PS2 games on a PS3!!!

      • hmmcommonsense

        if you read the article then clearly some ps3s do play ps-2 games…

    • tacos

      you’re all losers. i have the ps4 demo console which plays ps1,2,3 and dreamcast games. suckers.

      • nobody

        what ps4 there is no ps4 you fucking retard dumbass

        • Me

          They are developing it but they don’t want anyone to know when it’s released.

  • Daniel Memenode

    Unfortunately, if it’s a PS3 Slim (which is likely what you have), it doesn’t have PS2 compatibility.

    Your best bet for PS2 games is a PS2.

  • LUKEquayle22

    I HAVE A PS3 WITH THE LATEST SOFTWERE INSTALED CAN I STILL DOWNLOAD PS2 SYSTME READER. :-x

  • Daniel Memenode

    Please don’t use all caps when posting Luke.

    About your question I’m not sure what “systme reader” is, but chances are if it’s PS2 software it probably wont work on PS3.

  • roberto

    Originally posted by memenode: “Unfortunately, if it’s a PS3 Slim (which is likely what you have), it doesn’t have PS2 compatibility.

    Your best bet for PS2 games is a PS2.”
    hi im thinking of getting a 160 gb ps3 will tht play ps2 games on it

  • Daniel Memenode

    Roberto, if it’s a PS3 Slim (and those are being sold today mostly) then it wouldn’t have PS2 compatibility. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 160GB version.

    For PS2 games PS2 is still the best, and you can probably get a PS2 for a low price.

  • CAP POLICE

    YEAH LUKE. ITS A BIG NO NO TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS ON THE INTERNET!!!!!!! HOW DARE YOU

    • Duhh

      Hey good job you learned the obvious norms of online communication. good for you

  • Dyoxx

    sooo i’m in add ons on the net work and there’s this thing to download to make your ps3 able to play ps2 games but i dont know how to make it work, just thought i’d let you guys know about this download and it’s free

  • liam

    Originally posted by memenode: “Roberto, if it’s a PS3 Slim (and those are being sold today mostly) then it wouldn’t have PS2 compatibility. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 160GB version.

    For PS2 games PS2 is still the best, and you can probably get a PS2 for a low price.”
    Originally posted by LUKEquayle22: “I HAVE A PS3 WITH THE LATEST SOFTWERE INSTALED CAN I STILL DOWNLOAD PS2 SYSTME READER. :-x”
    i hav

  • bid daddys girl

    can an 80gig ps3 play the ps2 games? especialy the band hero one?
    cause when we got it they told us it would. but when we go 2 play it most of the cartoon band players are invisible?

  • DA_BOSS_BABY

    i got a fat 80gig and it still wont work….sony should just say wut it do n dont. instead of sayin it does everything which it dont

  • KLEE0422

    I have a ps3 40 gb that was made in Janaury 2008. I dont care about playing ps2 games lol. all i wanna know is can i play my ps1 games? Can i download them onto my ps3 from the playstation network and play them? and can i play the ones i have the actually ps1 disc for? and if so how?

  • Daniel Memenode

    See here for backward compatibility status of PS1 and PS2 games on PS3: http://us.playstation.com/support/compatiblestatus/

    But my guess is that for PS1 games you would be best off just buying a PS1 (should be cheap) or using an emulator on your computer.

  • Shilo

    I am trying to sell my PS3 and have no idea how to find out how many “gig” it has. The Free Space says 96 GB/111 GB. All I am reading is 40, 60, 80 etc gigs…. How do I know how many actual GB I have. This is the first video game we have had and it was given as a gift through my wifes company and I don’t have the box anymore……

    Thanks,
    Shilo

  • rdnkbowhuntr

    Shilo,
    You have a 120GB HDD. Its telling you you have 111GB avail after the system is installed on the HDD and you have 96GB avail. So you’re using 15GB of storage for something already.

  • yoo

    Originally posted by DA_BOSS_BABY: “i got a fat 80gig and it still wont work….sony should just say wut it do n dont. instead of sayin it does everything which it dont”

    Okay now im going to end all of the talks once and for all. The ps2 System data is a software THAT ALLOWS CERTAIN PS2 games to be played on the ps3. http://us.playstation.com/support/compatiblestatus/
    check the link out.. type in the ps2 game name.. pick which ps3 console you have.. and let sony tell you which ps2 games you can play on the ps3. The games that tend to work ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE SOLDS MILLIONS OF COPIES.. I.E resident evil 4.. final fantasy X.. God of war 1 and 2

  • emptyvoid

    I recently has a few friends ask me about buying a PS3 and they have 100s of PS2 games (they were buying it as a present to themselves for their wedding). I recommended they buy a fully warranted used PS3 produced in 2008. Then they could do what I did.

    I still have my PS3 I bought in 2008, I made sure to get the 60gig with wireless built in. About a year or two ago 2009 I read online that you could mod the PS3 to have a larger hard drive. (here is a great tutorial on how to do it) http://www.gamespot.com/features/6176090/index.html

    So I can play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games and enjoy 500 gig of harddrive space. :)

  • Melsan

    :lol: hi everyone… i have a PS3 with 350GB.. i forgot to check the Firmware… so my PS2 games are also playable… if you need more info bout my psp please reply to my post… i have tried using my ps2 games disc co’z i don’t want to…heheheh

  • capanode

    To be honest, Sony are stupid for making the PS3 with problems playing the vast range of PS2 games. The PS2 is the best selling console, and they didn’t think that people would want to play PS2 games on the PS3?

  • God601

    Will PS1 games will work on my PS3 60GB NTSC?
    I know already that PS2 games are working on it and I tested.

    • noah

      how do you get the ps2 games to work for ps3

  • Daniel Memenode

    Originally posted by God601: “Will PS1 games will work on my PS3 60GB NTSC?
    I know already that PS2 games are working on it and I tested.”

    Check the compatibility status here. Some might work, and some are actually available for download on PSN, at least to PS+ subscribers.

  • luuk

    I have the old playstation3 not the slim but the normal. Will I be able to play Need For Speed Most Wanted for the Playstation2 on it? :-?

  • Daniel Memenode

    Originally posted by luuk: “I have the old playstation3 not the slim but the normal. Will I be able to play Need For Speed Most Wanted for the Playstation2 on it? :-?”

    According to the compatibility status page linked above no, but I’m not sure if the options they provide include your console. I also did some searching and there were people asking about EA porting that game to PS3 which would indicate it is not compatible. There are other NFS games for PS3 though.

  • sturns79

    i have the fat ps3 model telling me i have 21/37 gig left.does this mean i have the ps2 compatible console?

  • Daniel Memenode

    Originally posted by sturns79: “i have the fat ps3 model telling me i have 21/37 gig left.does this mean i have the ps2 compatible console?”

    If that’s the 40GB model then no, but as the article says it should be compatible with PS1 games.

  • jen the men

    i want to buy a ps3 slim with 160 gb can i play gta san an dreas ps 2 on it and other games

  • gamer123456789

    i have a ps2 but i wanna bye a ps3 but dont wanna sell ma ps2 gamea help a nigga out

  • pitshit

    do the games od ps2 work on ps3??

  • Daniel Memenode

    Originally posted by pitshit: “do the games od ps2 work on ps3??”

    Please read the comments above. The safe bet is no. There was some compatibility before that was removed in latest Slim devices. If you have the old fat one you might have more luck, but need to check the compatibility list linked above for the games you’re interested in.

    You’re probably best off having a PS2 for PS2 game. PS2 should be pretty cheap.

  • reed

    kk i just got my slim 120 gig in this past summer and i found a ps2 thing that u have to set up a memory card and stuff but doe sthat mean i can play my ps2 games on it??

    • Iaenvoy

      I witnessed the same option.
      No your PS3™ will not play PS2™ games. Insert the PS2™ disc and enjoy what happens next.
      There is an emulator for certain PS3™ systems which allow PS2™ game play, but very limited in game selection. Keep your PS2™ and buy a multi-tap AV cable for game system changes.
      Playstation™ should really consider retracting the slogan “It does everything”.
      This is false advertisement.

  • treasure97

    i might be getting the ps2 for christmas and i want to play COD but thats a ps3 game. can i still play it?

  • Daniel Memenode

    Originally posted by treasure97: “i might be getting the ps2 for christmas and i want to play COD but thats a ps3 game. can i still play it?”

    If it’s a PS3 game then no, but you can play older Call of Duty games like Finest Hour and World at War.

  • duncan

    i have a 320gig can i play a ps3 game,and i also bought a blue ray game but i have a normal non hd, no blue ray dvd play can i play it?

    • memenode

      No, you’ll need a blu-ray player, and the only console having it is a PS3.

  • Bob

    This comment section is filled with a bunch of idiots.

  • kimberly

    i how do i get internetexplorer on my ps3 so i could down load some games?like on my p.c,i’m new to all this stuff!so any addvice,or help would so be great!

    • memenode

      I don’t think you can. There already is a web browser built in PS3, but it is just for basic surfing of the net. You can only download games to PS3 from PlayStation Network (PSN) or install from a Blu-Ray disk.

    • Zon

      No you can’t.
      The old phat PS3′s use to have a option that said “Install OS” where you can install a Linux OS on it like Yellow Dog and from there you can mess around and install Windows XP to run IE and other programs if you liked. Sony decided to take that option out and now you can’t install another OS on it. So their slogan “It does everything” is false now and on top of that the new ones do not play PS2 games.  I’m just glad I have my old 60 Gig (with HDD upgraded to 160 Gig and one of the very few to get Final Fantasy XI to work right xD) works like the day I bought it.

  • Alastor

    Heyo, I got the old fat PS3 with 160 GB. Now Ive been reading around and seems to me like there is no availability to play PS2 games on it, however, browsing the memory on my PS3 it allows me to set up a PS2 memory slot which makes me think I can play those types of games on it. Thoughts? My biggest concern is what will happen if I put in a PS2 game, will the system fry or will it just say “error” cause im willing to try as long as it doesnt fry.

    • memenode

      Fat PS3s are actually the only ones with some PS2 compatibility. Just check Sony’s compatibility status page.

      I don’t think a system would fry if you just put in the wrong disk. It just wont be able to read it. I put a PS2 DVD into it once and it just didn’t recognize the game, that’s all.

      • Alastor

        I just tried it and it was not compatible. Thankfully, it only stated that the PS3 did not support the format of the PS2 disk and didnt fry my system instead. Thanks for the help.

  • Craig Young

    on older ps3′s you can, but they soon took the chip out to cut costs. dont let anyone tell you otherwise, i just was playing one today

  • GhostSnake

    What does the download on psn do? I have downloaded the free ps2 thing on psn and I am not sure how 2 use it either. It may not work on my slim ps3 but I was still wondering what that download does and how 2 use it.

  • claire

    hi i need help  my son has a play station 2 but he wants to play black opps and call of duty is there a way he can do this on his  ps2 i only brought it at xmas it was a combi with 22inch tv help my lttle man is desperate x

  • Jamie Hill

    hia i have got a ps3 i got it for christmas this year, i wudd like 2 know if i can playy ps2 games on my ps3 console, its a 320g ps3

  • memenode

    This is getting ridiculous people. Read the article, and read the other comments. The answers are all there. No, PS3 games can’t be played on PS2, and most PS2 games can’t be played on PS3. PS3 slim supports NO PS2 games. PS3 fat (old version) supports some, but you need to check the compatibility list linked above to see if a specific game is compatible.

    As for how much hard drive space does a console have, that doesn’t really matter when it comes to compatibility.

    Read before you post.

    • scot

      The lack of compatibility (i.e. ps3 will not play ps2 games) is an excellent reason not to purchase ps3.

      • boo

        hahaha..b/c u can’t play crappy looking ps2 games on a beautiful powerful ps3 system with “NEW” games you shouldn’t buy a ps3? thats crazy…I do wish you could tho  there’s some classic ps2 games out there
         

    • bananapops

      well said!!! its not rocket science people read the info all there!! :D

  • Cybercore Death

    this may sound a stupid question but when abouts in PSN Store can you find the PS2 System Reader/Data. ive searched and cant find it anywhere? also has anyone heard anything else about them re releasing PS2 games through PSN Store?

    thanks in advance for your help on the matter,

    steve

    • memenode

      I’ve seen the rumors about that, but I think they only released some PS2 classics on PSN, and I think those are just running in some kind of an emulator. I tried a few PS2 games a while ago from PSN.

      I guess you just need to know what specific game you want and search for it on PSN directly, and maybe you’re in luck.

      As for PS2 System Reader/Data that seems to be the PS2 compatibility option that does not exist on PS3 Slim devices.

    • Sebastian

      I have a PS3, so badly, i agree with you steve but i think i found 1 or 2 PS2 games on PSN so i don’t know who to go with, You or The Website: I’m a PSN user and owner  of a PS3 the NEWEST Version that came out in i think 2010, anyways i agree with both now

  • Josh Fitzpatrick

    so, on the 80 gig, sony is essentially using an emulator to play ps2 games… wouldn’t it be possible for a model (40 gig) without this proprietary emulator to play ps2 games on a linux-based ps2 emulator like pcsx2?
    if so, could ps2 the data on ps2 discs be intalled onto linux and played on the emulator?

    • memenode

      That would be my guess, but I never tried it. You can try and see. They have versions for Windows and Mac too.

  • john

    i have a 70 gig can i play ps2 games on it

    • memenode

      It’s not about how much gigabytes you have on your PS3. It’s which version you have. If it’s slim then no, but if it’s the original fat PS3 then yes, if the game you want to play is on the compatibility list linked above. Otherwise some PS2 games might be available via emulation from PSN.

      Also, new commenters please read other comments before posting. Chances are good your question has been answered! ;)

      • Destiny Adams

        oks i have a ps3 SLIM! and on my saved data ulity it says MEMORY CARD PC/PS2~~!!
        DUDE  i may be a chick but i had a fatt ps3 for five years and i just got my slim there is a ADD ON IN PS3 STORE that allows yuh to play ps2 games on yur ps3 im positive i have the 160 gig and i downloaded it recently i have like 5  ps2 games and  they all work i dont kno if some game thing is true but soo far i have been playing PS2  GAMES ON MY PS3 SLIM !!! <3

        • fitticups

          Can anybody confirm this? I’ve heard this once before about an add on available in the PS Store and I got into a very heated exchange about the PS3 Slims ability to play PS2 games. This other person swears they can play PS2 games on their Slim. Just wondering if anybody has ever heard this……

  • bnfhh

    hhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllll yyyeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh ps3 for sure man

    • I_Am_Plank

      I have Super Mario on my DS. Can i play this on my PS3?

  • Iaenvoy

    I see many troll posts asking ridiculous questions which obviously point to the PlayStation ™ slogan “It does everything”. It was hype meant to boost sells over the X-Box ™. Instead of pouting here, send an email to PlayStation ™ and claim false advertisement. It only took me 5 minutes to send.

    • memenode

      That’s not a bad advice, not that it would accomplish much. When did slogans ever refer to facts one-on-one though? People should know better. “It only does everything” refers to its capacity to double as a media center and a Blu-Ray player.

      The worst thing is when people ask the same old questions even after they were answered a number of times already.

  • Garrec3

    Dude, I just got my ps3 on Christmas and I have a few ps2 games that I want to play because someone stole my ps2. Why can’t I play them if the ps3 can ” do everything? If anyone knows it, I’d like to email the ps3 people about their false advertisement. I’m a little unhappy about that.

    • memenode

      Dude, this has been answered many times above. Check the compatibility list, see if there are emulated equivalents of these games on PSN, and if not then no it can’t play those PS2 games.

      It’s true it doesn’t really do everything, depending on what is meant by “everything”.

  • Andytheman

    i have a ps3, I was wondering if it will play Nintendo 64 cartridges on it? Also can I play blue ray discs in my DVD player?

    Also, my PS3 won’t toast bread. I’ve shoved several slices into it and it just gets all smooshed. It says it does everything though? False advertising???

    • memenode

      Well played sir. :)

    • Sebastian

      Sony doesn’t mean literaly “everything” it means plays DVD’s games but i don’t know if it plays the old PS2 games, who cares? the PS4 is coming out soon anyways, WHO CARES when the PS4 comes out you buy it, That’s life people

      Sebastian: AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Fudgenuckel

        pretty sure that was meant as a joke Sebastian. 

  • philthy

    Is the reason for slim line ps3′s ineffectiveness to play ps2 games a firm ware issue or hard ware issue, or something all together different?
    Pay me out if you feel the answer is obvious, but hey I don’t know and am interested!

    • memenode

      It could be both, but given that it offers compatibility with some PS1 titles it seems Sony is able to overcome those issues. I think most of the reason comes down to Sony not being willing to offer PS2 compatibility, and have it in their interest for people to just buy a PS2 if they want to play PS2 games.

      SCEA’s marketing director explained the lack of compatibility back in 2009, for what it’s worth.

  • InsanePerson

    I have a xbox 360 game and just wonder if it can be play on PS3. ;)

    • memenode

      You can’t be serious! :D

    • destiny adams

      hes joking right?

    • Random

      Yeah, check his name.
      You serious?

  • jordan

    I have a xbox 360 and i love xbox live
    http://howtogetxboxlivefree.blogspot.com/

  • WWE

    PS3 HERE I COME WOO

  • Chris G

    While I’m watching a DVD or playing a game after 15 or so minutes into it the tv screen goes blank(black) and the words invalid format pop up circling the tv screen and stays on for a few minutes and then the game or movie continues! Why does this happen? What can I do to fix this annoying problem?

  • mattysoul

    dude, this sucks. I can’t believe that I cannot play my SSX3 on my 80gig PS3.  It hangs up after about 5 minutes of play.

  • Jawn

    only if you have the original PS3′s.
    i can since i have the 60GB Launch Model. as for hard drive space i have upgraded mine to 500GB hope some time i will upgrade it to 1TB.
     
    PS3′s that can: 20GB Model and the 60Gb Model. as they have the PS2 Hardware to play them, almost infinite memory card storage for PS2 games and PS1.
     
    60gb model is the best, simply because it has every feature the PS3 name has to offer.

    • Marlon Franco

      I guess you’re right, but does that model YLOD free?

  • NewToThis

    So, if I get the 160GB, and download the ps2 game player thing-a-ma-jig for it, does this mean that ps2 games will become compatible?

  • leo

    if i sell my 7 year old ps2 to buy a ps3. will i be abel to play my 4  year games as well as ps3 and blu-ray discs

    • Marlon Franco

      I’m not sure which model has backwards compatibility, because the new PS3 models don’t play PS2 games, but Blurays, YES of course. I’ll get back to you on this.

  • Marcus

    What firmware version does a new  Slim 120GB ps3 come with now? I’m thinking about going to gamestop to buy one.

    • Marlon Franco

      its at 3.70 i guess. You’ll get the latest one, of course whenever you buy from gamestop.

  • Fucker

    The year right now is 2078,
    You’re all HISTORY!!! LOL!
    In the future Nintendo bought XBOX and
    Sony. We call our gaming console
    “The One” It can Literally do Everything!!!
    I wish I could share more…but The future is
    Promising>>>>

  • Bjorn

    I am very VERY angry that we can not play ps2 games on ps3 with the (320Git) Because of the fact that I paid 600$ for move,and the ps3… since it was the best one out. YET I cannot play ps2 games… I feel like I got ripped of I really do…

  • Drock

    Bjorn, you got ripped.. I just got a 320gb PS3 + the Move + 3 games (Battlefield 3, Little Big Planet 2, Sports Champions ) + an extra controller + 3 months PSN Plus for $350 from Best Buy…

    • zandy

      where did got it? jb hi fi ?

  • Talis

    yeah you did get ripped big time… even a year and a half ago when i bought my 320gig it came bundled with a game and an extra controller and only cost $399 iirc…  but it does suck that any of the ps3′s made in the last couple years don’t even have software emulation for ps2 games…

  • bob

    haha playstation wankers ha fucking haaaaaa!!!!

  • degu

    It’s just consumer’s ignorance causing this kind problems. A quick check on the net would’ve revealed that most PS3 models out today do not support PS2 titles natively at all. Heck, most advertises AND the console’s package should say so nowadays as well.
    Me? I learned this horrible fact years ago. In Europe the only PS2 backwards compatible version was the original 60gb model, and even that had the stated crappy emulation software instead of real hardware (like first gen US models).
    Fortunately (?) PS2 consoles are dirt cheap nowadays, so if you want you can save a hundred or so bucks on cheaper PS3′s model and spent the rest on the slim PS2.

  • Diss

    I got my 160GB PS3 when it first came out in Australia and where i actually bought it from they had scribbled out with marker the section on the box where it says “this console does not play PS2 games”
    We go back to the store the next day and they say “we are very sorry but we were told from our head office that we have to scribble out that line”
    now if i wanted to buy a PS2 it would only cost me $64 where as about 6 year ago it would have been between $200-$100

  • cruester1994

    Yo, hopefully we can play PS2 games on the PlayStation Vita, because I’m planing on buying the Jak and Daxter Collection the the PSN store. What do you guys think? Btw, I know you guys played the Jak and Daxter series, so what I’m thinking is that every time they maked an HD collection a new game of that series will be release, lets hope for Jak and Daxter 5, not that spin off crap they did with Jak and Daxter The Lost Frontier.

  • David

    I think ps3 and ps2 both sucks because after cracking my ps2 it still does not play many titles and ps3 problems u all knows very well

  • Marc

    my nuts hurt lol

  • Jimmy

    Wish you where still able to play ps2. Great memories playing rachet and clanks, james bond nightfire, simpsons hit and run and ssx.

  • cameron lee garner

    I have a CECH-4201B ps3 series and don’t play ps2 games. Is thier a way to play ps2 gmaes on it?