Posted by: Kenji Hall on November 13, 2006
First it was the supply shortages. Now it’s a bug in the machine. Sony’s new PlayStation 3 video game console is off to a rough start, with news just days after the much-hyped launch in Japan that not all games for the original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 are compatible with the new machine, as Sony had promised. In a statement in Japanese on its Web site, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., the company’s games division, said the problems differ depending on the games. But it didn’t offer any details so it’s impossible to know whether the problems are due to the Blu-ray next-gen DVD player or some incombatibility issues with the operating software. Nor did the company say how it learned about the glitch. Sony officials didn’t immediately respond to emailed questions.
According to a report in the Japanese daily Sankei Shimbun, 200 of the 8,000 available software titles won’t play on the PS3. On its Web site, the company has set up a search function that lets you check whether your games have been affected. A quick search turned up mostly minor issues.
Sony’s Genji was problem-free, and Mortal Kombat II, Super Football Champ and dozens of other older games were still “in the process of being verified.” The biggest problems I found were background music that wouldn’t play (Electronic Arts’ Best Hits 007 Night Fire & 007 Everything or Nothing, which goes on sale in mid-December, and Artdink’s Zeus Carnage Heart Second from 1998), intro demo videos that would freeze (Capcom’s Devil May Cry MEGA HITS! from 2002), or online games that were stored on the PS2’s hard disk drive but couldn’t be ported to play on the PS3 system (Final Fantasy XI/PlayOnline from 2003).
With nothing less than Sony’s revival depending on the PS3’s success, the company will certainly want to fix the glitch—before it ramps up production to meet its informal target of 2 million units for the holiday season.