When the Playstation 3 is released in Europe the bits in it that support PS1 and PS2-games will be significantly different from the current US and Japanese versions. This will, according to Sony, manifest itself as an inability to play some
PS1 and PS2-titles as the Emulation Engine has been removed, and the support now has to be emulated in software and part hardware. German website Cynamite claims they've aquired the very PS3 that will be released, and have tested some of the top titles for the PS2
on it to verify if they work or not. Their findings, if accurate, are not boding well. Of 12 games tested, only one worked.
- * Eragon - Worked!
- * Final Fantasy X-2 - Failed..
- * God of War - Failed..
- * GTA: Liberty City Stories - Failed..
- * Guitar Hero 2 - Failed..
- * Lumines Plus - Failed..
- * MGS 2: Sons of Liberty - Failed..
- * MGS 3: Snake Eater - Failed..
- * Okami - Failed..
- * Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones - Failed..
- * Ratchet & Clank 3 - Failed..
- *Shadow of the Colossus - Failed..
However, US website 1UP contacted Sony about the findings
, and they responded that Cynamite used an outdated firmware (v1.5) and a newer version of the firmware (v1.6) will be available when the PS3 is released on 23. March. Cynamite promptly fired back
stating that the test was accurate as the PS3 will have the old firmware installed, and the new firmware has to be downloaded by the owner which might not even have a DSL-line. I'm not going to buy a PS3. At least not at once. All the stunts pulled by Sony lately have left a sour taste in my mouth. The PS1/2-game support controversy, the high price, and the late release, have made me want an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii even more.