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How come the PlayStation 3 can't play PlayStation 2 games?

#41Mad_CauliflowerPosted 3/5/2014 10:57:06 PM
BurgerTime79 posted...
Can we knock off the constant quoting of "So they can sell the to us on PSN", because if that was actually true, then we'd have a larger collection of games on there. It's getting really ****ing sad that every single time a question like this comes up, people have to regurgitate some negative viewpoint as if it's always the right answer.



Mad_Cauliflower posted...
tis correct right here.To add insult to injury, Sony suck at emulating their own hardware, so the PS2 releases are few and far between, or junk budget titles.

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#42archizzyPosted 3/5/2014 11:12:08 PM
BurgerTime79 posted...
How many PS2 games are on PSN right now?
Not many.

Can we knock off the constant quoting of "So they can sell the to us on PSN", because if that was actually true, then we'd have a larger collection of games on there. It's getting really ****ing sad that every single time a question like this comes up, people have to regurgitate some negative viewpoint as if it's always the right answer.


No different than the people who continue to constantly say it was a cost saving decision. Jack Tretton was quoted as saying it wasn't "dramatically reducing Sony's cost of manufacturing" and was part of an effort to "encourage buyers of the entry-level PlayStation 3 to purchase more games designed specifically for the new system."

The bottom line is Sony wanted to push ps3 software sales as that was their only option for solid revenue after willingly taking such a hit on hardware to push blu-ray. People using their PS3s as pricey PS2 systems weren't bringing in the software sales Sony was looking to push.
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#43hak145Posted 3/5/2014 11:19:46 PM
archizzy posted...
BurgerTime79 posted...
How many PS2 games are on PSN right now?
Not many.

Can we knock off the constant quoting of "So they can sell the to us on PSN", because if that was actually true, then we'd have a larger collection of games on there. It's getting really ****ing sad that every single time a question like this comes up, people have to regurgitate some negative viewpoint as if it's always the right answer.


No different than the people who continue to constantly say it was a cost saving decision. Jack Tretton was quoted as saying it wasn't "dramatically reducing Sony's cost of manufacturing" and was part of an effort to "encourage buyers of the entry-level PlayStation 3 to purchase more games designed specifically for the new system."

The bottom line is Sony wanted to push ps3 software sales as that was their only option for solid revenue after willingly taking such a hit on hardware to push blu-ray. People using their PS3s as pricey PS2 systems weren't bringing in the software sales Sony was looking to push.


Then why didn't they do that for the ps2? What makes the ps2 different?
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#44archizzyPosted 3/5/2014 11:41:59 PM
hak145 posted...


Then why didn't they do that for the ps2? What makes the ps2 different?


Sony as an entire entity was a much healthier company back when the PS2 launched and they weren't bleeding so bad in the tv division and other areas across the board. DVD wasn't in a "format war" like with the PS3 backing blu-ray with HD-DVD still very much a contender. In the world of electronics PS3 launch was much rougher waters compared to the relatively smooth sailing of the PS2 era.

Not to mention the PS2 was unchallenged.

PS3 had a late start compared to Microsoft and it was obvious the 360 was going to be a much bigger competition than the xbox was compared to the PS2.

There are a MYRIAD of differences between the two comparisons looking at PS3 compared to PS2 and looking at the big picture. Sony really needed to push PS3 software sales.
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#45wvnative03Posted 3/8/2014 7:52:02 AM
hak145 posted...
archizzy posted...
BurgerTime79 posted...
How many PS2 games are on PSN right now?
Not many.

Can we knock off the constant quoting of "So they can sell the to us on PSN", because if that was actually true, then we'd have a larger collection of games on there. It's getting really ****ing sad that every single time a question like this comes up, people have to regurgitate some negative viewpoint as if it's always the right answer.


No different than the people who continue to constantly say it was a cost saving decision. Jack Tretton was quoted as saying it wasn't "dramatically reducing Sony's cost of manufacturing" and was part of an effort to "encourage buyers of the entry-level PlayStation 3 to purchase more games designed specifically for the new system."

The bottom line is Sony wanted to push ps3 software sales as that was their only option for solid revenue after willingly taking such a hit on hardware to push blu-ray. People using their PS3s as pricey PS2 systems weren't bringing in the software sales Sony was looking to push.


Then why didn't they do that for the ps2? What makes the ps2 different?


The PS2 was simply an upgraded PS1 using similar tech, running PS1 games on PS2 was simple, and to the best of my knowledge, didn't cost a dime more to include.

PS3 is essentially brand new alien tech, which did cost sony a little bit of extra money to include the PS2 tech to make it BC. This, coupled with the fact the PS3 took the entire gaming divisions bank to develop, meant sony was not making money back on the PS3 or it's games since people were indeed using them as souped up PS2s (I know I was)

So while Jack Tretton may have said it didn't drastically reduce hardware cost, it was obviously enough for the higher ups at Sony Japan to think it would benefit the PS3 to remove it, and quite frankly it did. As pissed off as I was at the decision, it was obviously the right call.
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#46CambellFoxHoundPosted 3/8/2014 8:50:45 AM
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#47GeminiX7Posted 3/8/2014 9:05:55 AM
Pop_Secret posted...
RPG maniac87 posted...
It can depending on which one you have...

Aren't the backwards compatible ones all broken now?


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