With the release of the v1.92 firmware update for the PS3, Sony has put up a backwards compatibility site, allowing users to search for PS1 and PS2 titles to check their compatibility status on the new console.
Also, at the bottom of the page, the company notes that it is working with publishers and peripheral manufacturers to let gamers play peripheral-based PS1/PS2 games on the PS3.
Taking over damage control after Peter Moore’s recent comments on backwards compatibility, Microsoft’s PR blog, Gamerscoreblog, carries word that the company is still working on an update for backwards compatibility that will add support to the Xbox 360 for at least a dozen Xbox titles.
No other details or release date was provided, but the post assures readers that there are indeed people working on BC patches.
Just when you thought Sony’s key executives were the only crazy ones, Microsoft’s Peter Moore comes along and makes a statement so insane… it’s almost scary. In an interview with Kikizo, the man behind the Xbox team got a little too proud of the Xbox 360 and said that the company has “under promised and over delivered” referring to the console’s backwards compatibility with Xbox games.
Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility. We under promised and over delivered on that. It’s a very complicated thing… very complex work. I’m just stunned that we have hundreds of games that are backwards compatible.
He added: “more are coming, but at some point, you just go, there’s enough, let’s move on, or people aren’t as worried about a game being backwards compatible – and I like to think we’ve upheld our end of the bargain in making at least two or maybe three hundred games backwards compat.”
He also talks about larger hard drives for the 360, as well as third-party support, Japanese popularity and more.
The Xbox 360 backwards compatibility team has churned out another update that focuses on revising previous additions rather than adding compatibility to more. That’s not to say some titles weren’t added: Black, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Pro Evolution Soccer 5 are now playable on the next-gen console. The following list of games has received updates, focusing on making them more compatible with the new console:
- Fable: The Lost Chapters
- Forza Motorsport
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Half-Life 2
- Ninja Gaiden
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- SSX 3
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
- World Series Baseball 2K3