Sony's information on Backwards Compatible PS2 and PS1 games on the PS3 Edit
Enter your game's name and check the type of BC PS3 you have at Sony's Backwards Game Compatibility / Support page to determine what problems (if any) have been encountered).
User reports Edit
Kamikaze_Kenny posted on 1/4/2011 at 2:28:59 PM
- NTSC 20gb and 60gb units contained PS2 chips and should be able to run just about all PS2 games.
- PAL 60gb and the NTSC 80gb units that could handle BC ran emulation and run, I think, about 70% of PS2 games (and even then there are issues).
- Don't forget that they won't run games outside of their region.
Cyber Akuma Zero posted on 1/6/2011 at 7:45 PM
- The ones with four USB ports.
- All the models with 2 USB ports are not PS2 BC.
Kamikaze_Kenny posted on 10/2/2011 at 2:29:13 PM
- Not all PS3 fats have PS2 BC, and it also depends where you live as to what PS3s your region got (after all, America is not the world).
- For 80gb and under...
- NTSC 20gb - full BC
- NTSC 40gb - no BC
- PAL 40gb - no BC
- NTSC 60gb - full BC
- PAL 60gb - partial BC
- NTSC 80gb v1 - partial BC
- NTSC 80gb v2 - no BC
- PAL 80gb - no BC
If you live in PAL territories, you only have one option (the PAL 60gb) which only supports partial BC. If you live in NTSC territories then you have more options.
Alltra posted on 10/2/2011 at 2:29:18 PM
You can upgrade the HDD pretty easily, and cheaply. I just bought a 720 GB HDD for my slim for about $80. If the $199 one is the refurb, that might be the route to go.
Playing on a Backwards Compatible PS3 Edit
Only the original 20 and 60 GB PS3s have PS2 backwards compatibility in hardware. The 80GB model emulated the PS2 in software for about 80% compatibility.
- Roushimsx's PS3 Firmware v1.80 Smoothing Examples.
- Japanese site with comparisons, from Roushimsx. Google Translation
- Joystiq's PS3 upscales PS2 games and makes them look fantastic - side by side comparison.
Note that the sites used jpeg compressed images in their comparisons. This lossy compression format will reduce any major differences between the two sources.