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Can a PS3 play PS2 games?



  1. The only ps3s that play ps2 games would be the fat ps3s. Get the old 80 or 60gb. they play ps2

  2. at the moment only the original 60gb version is backwards compatible

    So hold on to your old ps2 if you want to play the older games

    PS2 slims can still be bought new if you need one

  3. The 20 Gb, 60 gb, and 80 gb with 4 usb slots are the only one’s that are backwards compatible. If you want your system to play ps2 games you will have to find a way to modify it.nobody else has been able to do this though so you might want to spend your time playing ps3 games.

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    search is your friend. learn to use it! seriously! this is the MOST asked question on Answers!

    backward compatibility for the PS3 with PS2 games is as follows on NTSC systems:

    20GB (4 USB slots, no longer in production) – YES

    60GB (4 USB slots, no longer in production) – YES

    80GB with 4 USB slots (no longer in production, bundled with MGS4 or Motor Storm) – YES

    40GB (2 USB slots, no longer in production) – NO

    80GB with 2 USB slots (no longer in production) – NO

    160GB (2 USB slots, no longer in production) – NO

    120GB/slim (2 USB slots) – NO

    250GB/slim (2 USB slots) – NO

    any other up coming PS3’s – NO

    PAL systems only have one backwards compatible system, and that’s the 60GB.


    in short: if it has 4 USB slots, yes. if it has 2 USB slots, no.

    all PS3s play PS1 games.

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    the download that others are referring to is for the PS3s that already are backwards compatible. downloading it to a non-backwards compatible PS3 will do NOTHING but take up space on your hard drive! it will NOT make your PS3 play PS2 games!

    “If a PLAYSTATION 3 is not backward compatible, you will not be able to add this function through any hardware (i.e., changing the hard disk drive) or software (i.e., updates, homebrew) upgrades or modifications. ”

    that came DIRECTLY from Sony’s own website: [url is not allowed].

    and no, not all PS2 games or PS1 games will work. the 20GB and 60GB come the closest to being fully backwards compatible with PS2 games, but they still do not play 100% of those games or PS1 games. if you buy a backwards compatible PS3 and want to know which of your PS2 games work, check this link: [url is not allowed]

    I dare anyone to steal my answer again. this is MY answer. I took the time to type this all up. yes, every time someone asks this question, I do copy and paste. but I’m copying MY work, MY answer.

  5. all ps3’s can play ps2 games for the most part, however there are a few (very few) ps2 games that cant be played on the p23. ive never come across this problem

  6. Yes and no. Odds are no. Only the old first generation are backwards compatible with PS2 games. Those have been long gone to favor the newer cheaper PS3. Any new PS3(Slim) sold now DO NOT play PS2 games. Even some of the old (fat) PS3 do not play PS2 games. If the PS3 have 4 USB ports it CAN play PS2 games if it only has 2 USB ports then it cannot.

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