Sony Releases PS3 (In)compatible List

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Sony announced a few weeks ago that European gamers, in an effort to cut costs, would lose a certain amount of backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 2 on the PS3. “Our engineers have been working overtime, and have succeeded in delivering a significant number of playable PS2 titles for the European launch”, said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “We will be adding additional titles to this list in future firmware upgrades, but as we have made clear before, in the future our resources will be increasingly focused on developing new services and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, rather than on delivering PS2 backwards compatibility.”

The fact that Sony held off until a few days before launch to release the list of games that are compatible and games that will have “noticeable issues” was a warning sign. Now that the list is out, which you can see for yourself at, it reveals that a number of high profile PS2 games will have the “noticeable issues” that may prevent you from playing the game altogether. Here’s just a sampling of some of the games that you will have problems with on your PS3:

Beyond Good and Evil
Burnout 2
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Destroy All Humans!
Devil May Cry 2
FIFA World Cup 2006
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Jak 2 and 3
Kingdom Hearts
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2
Madden NFL 2001-06
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Midnight Club 2
NBA Live 2005-07
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Need for Speed Carbon
Onimusha 3
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Resident Evil 4
Scarface: The World is Yours
Silent Hill 2 and 4
Sonic Mega Collection Plus
Spider-Man 1 and 2
Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
Splinter Cell Double Agent
The Godfather
TimeSplitters 2
Twisted Metal Black
Viewtiful Joe
Zone of the Enders

To all of our European friends, it might be a good idea to keep your PS2’s if you want to keep playing your old games. We only listed the higher profile games and the size is still remarkably large.