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A Quick Guide to Backwards Compatible PlayStation 3 Consoles

The Sony PlayStation 3 originally came out in 2006 and 2007 with backwards compatibility. This feature allows you to play games from previous generations of Sony consoles off the original discs. Only specific PS3 models are backwards compatible with all previous consoles. Browse the range of prices for the PlayStation 3 for sale on eBay.

How do you choose a backwards-compatible PS3 system?

All models, including the Slim and Super Slim, are backwards compatible with the original PlayStation. But only the following models are backwards compatible with the PlayStation 2:

20GB model: This model came out at the launch of the PlayStation 3 in North America and Japan in late 2016. This PS3 features four USB 2.0 ports, a 20GB hard drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, a Sixaxis motion controller, and hardware-based PS2 backwards compatibility.

60GB model: Released alongside the 20GB model at launch, the 60GB model has many of the same features, except it adds a built-in Wi-Fi adapter, a flash memory card reader, and a 60GB hard drive.

60GB PAL model: This was the main model for the PS3 console launch in the PAL regions, meaning Europe and Australia. It has all the same features as the original 60GB model. It offers partial software-based PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility instead of hardware-based.

80GB model: This model is similar to the 60GB PAL console, except it has an expanded 80GB hard drive. It was released only in North America in 2017.

What is the difference between hardware- and software-based backwards compatibility?

Hardware-based backwards compatibility means that the games are emulated at the hardware level. This type of PS3 backwards compatible model contains an entire dedicated CPU and GPU to run PlayStation 2 games. The later 60GB and 80GB models removed the PS2 CPU but kept the GPU. This resulted in a hybrid system in which the CPU was emulated through software and the GPU was emulated through hardware.

Software-based emulation means that it is emulated from a program that attempts to mimic the original hardware. Hardware-based emulation is generally more reliable because it uses the original hardware. Software emulation produces a facsimile.

Can the PlayStation 3 upscale the video games?

The PlayStation 3 does have the ability to upscale. Upscaling is a process that converts the standard-definition resolution of previous consoles to the high-definition resolution of the PlayStation 3. The quality may vary from game to game. You can also set the console to stretch the image and scale the proportions to match the entire screen.

FAQs About Backwards Compatible PlayStation 3 Consoles

What is a backwards compatible PlayStation 3, and why is it sought after?

A backwards compatible PlayStation 3, often abbreviated as BC PS3, refers to specific early models of the PS3 console that can play games designed for the previous generation PlayStation 2 (PS2). These consoles are highly sought after by gaming enthusiasts and collectors due to their ability to enjoy both PS2 and PS3 games on a single platform, offering convenience and versatility.

What are the advantages of owning a backwards compatible PlayStation 3?

Owning a backwards compatible PlayStation 3 allows gamers to enjoy a vast library of both PS2 and PS3 titles on one console, providing convenience and flexibility. Additionally, these consoles are backwards compatible with PS1 games as well, offering even more gaming options for players.

Are all PlayStation 3 consoles backwards compatible with PS2 games?

No, not all PlayStation 3 consoles are backwards compatible with PS2 games. Only specific early models of the PS3, such as the 20GB and 60GB models in North America, offer backward compatibility with PS2 games. Later PS3 models, including the Slim and Super Slim versions, do not support PS2 game playback.

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