Monday, November 13, 2006

IGN: Sony Comments on Backwards Compatibility

IGN: Sony Comments on Backwards Compatibility: "Japan's reports backwards compatibility problems for over 196 PlayStation 2 titles. This figure counts multiple versions of the same game (budget versions, limited editions, etc.) as a single entity and includes the full range of problems, from simple sound issues to more dramatic freezing issues.

In response to these issues, Sony's PR department pointed out that it, from the start, expected backwards compatibility to be less than 100%. It was also good enough to point out that some people can put up with playing games that lack sound.

Regardless of this somewhat arrogant response, an official statement issued at the site states that Sony will fix the problems with a future system update, and may even resort to individual patches for certain titles. When this will happen has yet to be specified."


Sony is such an asshat. This is ANOTHER point they tried to use to deride the 360 that not all games are backwards compatible and then they have the same issue.


  1. who cares about backwards compatibility? I mean, consoles suck and all. We all know it. but IF i were a console gamer, which i'm not, and i had my Xbox, my 360, my ps1, 2 and 3, i think i'd be more than content playing my Xbox titles on my Xbox and my ps2 titles on my ps2. get over it.

    these console wars are getting as bad or worse than political races.

    before you know it, cory will be posting blogs about how he was working the local phone bank of the Xbox association the night before the launch of the PS5 to try and convince people not to buy it or something.


  2. Um ... Maybe I have been already against the PS3.

    Damn SONY! They must be stopped.

    In the immortal words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard:

    "I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no further! And *I* will make them pay for what they've done."

  3. oh man! that was such a good movie, and i happen to have it on tape. maybe i should fire it up soon.

  4. ZOMG!!! ON NOES!!!
    lets see 196 games out of the ENTIRE BACK CATALOG OF PS1 and PS2 games!!!!
    Check out this little bit, with a nice quote from our hero Peter Moore.
    "Recently Peter Moore hinted in an interview over at Kiziko Games that there might not be many more titles included in the Xbox 360’s backwards compatibility catalog. Moore said, “Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility. We under promised and over delivered on that. It’s a very complicated thing… very complex work. I’m just stunned that we have hundreds of games that are backwards compatible.'"
    OK.. So lets do some quick math.. Number of PS1 games released according to wikipedia - 2,634 (assuming 1/3 of the 7,902 titles put out for it world wide. I'm only counting NTSC US titles for both) Number of PS2 titles released - 1,319
    a couple hundered titles is about .05 Percent missing.
    Ok.. So now out of the 574 (world wide here, I really don't want to go through the whole list and figure out if Putt Nuttz came out in the US as well as everywhere else) 314 work (US version only, Sorry Japan and the rest of the world not that you guys care mutc, because the Gamecube still outsells the xbox, and 360 over there.) making it 54% Or if you don't get Xbox live, the number quickly plummets to 0 because you have to download shit to make it work.. Doesn't work out of the box.
    Everyone wants to bash sony. My boss who doesn't know shit about video games is coming up to me telling me how the PS3 is going to sink Sony.. Fuck that noise. For 600 bucks you get a kick ass video game system and a free Blu-ray player. Or you can take your 600 bucks and Buy a stand alone player (which range from 500 to 1000 on amazon). Or you can buy a xbox360 for 400 (I don't even consider the core system a viable option) and then you can pony up another 200 for the new HD-DVD attachment. Because mark my words, in a year they will be putting out a good amount of games on hd-dvd so those without will be getting the old no-lube shaft of MS love.
    Holy crap that was a long rant

  5. FWIW I won't be buying a PS3 at launch because of the price. If I had the money to burn on both that and a WII, sure.. I'd be waiting in line twice this week instead of once..

  6. Just what I've always wanted, a $600 player to play my 5+ year old games that looked like shit when they came out then to look even more like shit now.

    360's compatibility is difficult because the chips changed and now it has to be done thru emulation. I thought the PS3 was going to have the chips built in for the old games. Laggies and Jaggies on a $600 machine - that's my idea of fun - Oh boy.

    The 360 also comes with Live out of the box (the only thing you cant do with the free version is multi-play everything else - including TV's and Movies coming out are free with the unit).

    The 360's technically superior period The Wii will dominate the sales when parents go in expecting the PS3 to be half as much as it's selling for. And the reason everyone is "bashing" Sony is because they are in very real trouble. They stock is down, for the first time in over 10 years they had to take out a loan to even get the PS3 production underway and they are hinging everything on Blu-Ray being the next format.

    It's not fanboyism to say that Sony needs a full 100% win with the PS3 or things will get real bad for them real quick.