PS2 games on PS3: Who cares?

Friday 23 February 2007
Sony has revealed today that only "a limited range of PS2 titles" will be playable on PlayStation 3 when it launches in March, due to a change in the console's architecture. PS2 games on PAL machines will be played through an emulator - as with Xbox 360 and Xbox titles. This means Euro PS3 owners will be able to play fewer old games than US and Japanese gamers, where the PS3 features built-in hardware to support Sony's last-gen games.

Clearly, this could be perceived as disappointing news for UK gamers who have already waited longer than the US and Japan for the arrival of PS3. But does it really matter that much? To bring you a balanced view on this opinion-dividing development, we offer two perspectives from either side of the fence.