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How to Play PS2 Games on PS3

Own PS3 but can't get over PS2 functionality? Learn how to play PS2 games on PS3. All you need is compatibility. Take a look.
What do you do when you have everything, and still want more? Sony PlayStation 3, or PS3, is in possession of in-built Wi-Fi, offers immense storage for games, music, videos, and pics, shows movies in high-definition, and offers hundreds of games for you to squander as much time as you like. It sometimes, amuses me to see technology touching heights. Isn't it amazing to know you can watch movies and videos in a PlayStation? All you need is a console which, though expensive, serves you everything you needed. And it might astonish you to know that the third generation of Sony PlayStation, PS3, comes with reverse compatibility, which enables users to play games on the current version from previous versions too. Now that's something worth looking forward to. If you're at your wit's end, we've got answers to your query. All you need to do is, read every word that follows below.

Can You Play PS2 Games on PS3?

Didn't I just make it obvious? All you need is the correct version of a cheap PS3 console, and you can get started, right here right now. As quoted above, the finest advantage of PS3 is its backward compatibility, which enables users to play games from both PlayStation and PlayStation 2. However, there are some terms and conditions that trail this amazing compatibility. All PS3 models that are manufactured currently do not support games from PS and PS2. Hence, in order to play PS2 games on your PS3, you need not pick up just any model of PS3 without even knowing about the bits and nuances of compatibility.

The Method

It's easy. All you need to check in your PS3 is the availability of backwards compatibility. If your device owns it, and it has the necessary hardware and firmware to support the previous version games, there is not much to do about it. The current models, 20 GB, 60 GB and 80 GB, come with backwards compatibility, and you just need to inset the CD or DVD of the PS2 game. Don't worry, if it's compatible, it'll support it, and the game will start up with itself. Remember, not all PS or PS2 games are supported many a time, but when you connect your PS3 via wireless networking, and update the firmware, it'll play all the games. Simple as that.

Yes, there is one condition that you may like to take account of. Are you in possession of PS3 slim? If at all you want to play PS2 games on your PS3 slim, then it might come as a disappointment. PS3 slim isn't compatible with PS2 games, unlike only the 20 GB, 60 GB, and 80 GB models. The three models have 4 USB ports, which indicate they play PS2 games. The models which have only 2 USB ports aren't able to play PS3 games.

Nevertheless, isn't it amazing to be in possession of the latest technology, and not give up on the lesser attractive one? Well, that's how it should be. Many a time, a new version, even though it owns terrific features, fails to suffice the requirements the previous version fulfilled. Thanks to the backward compatibility option, and Sony's constant efforts, that you can enjoy previous games on your latest gadget.
By Veethi Telang
Published: 12/31/2010
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