Many classic video games came from the Playstation. Thanks to Sony’s stance on backwards compatibility, gamers can still enjoy these titles today in the high-definition era on their Playstation 3. Here is a guide to playing Playstation games on the Playstation 3.
Unlike with Playstation 2 games, all Playstation 3 models can play Playstation games. This is because the emulation is done via software. Here is the official compatibility list for playing Playstation games on the Playstation 3:
Keep in mind that even though the list only supports the 20 GB, 60 GB and 80 GB (CECHE01) models, it should also work for other Playstation 3 models as well. Be forewarned that the compatibility list is outdated, however.
PSOne Classics vs. Playstation Discs
Sony has a handful of downloadable Playstation games on the Playstation Store. PSOne Classics differs in the disc games in that it plays from the hard drive, which will lead to reduce load times. In addition, you can also view the software manual of PSOne Classics by pressing the PS button while playing the game. Lastly, PSOne Classics can be transferred to the PSP and played on the handheld system directly.
The Playstation 3 offers several enhancements for Playstation titles. The first is the ability to upscale the graphics in order to make the games look visually playable on high-definition televisions. Another benefit is that you wouldn’t need to worry about memory cards since you can save your Playstation game files directly on the Playstation 3’s hard drive. You also won’t need to buy a Playstation Multitap either since the Playstation 3 supports up to seven players. Finally, you can use your Playstation 3 to link up with your PSP via Remote Play. This will allow you to play Playstation game on your PSP anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.
You can change several display setting when playing Playstation games on the Playstation 3. To do so, first make sure you are on the Playstation 3 system menu, the XMB (XrossMediaBar). Scroll left until you get to the “Settings” tab and then scroll down and select “Game Settings.” You gave given two options: PS/PS2 Upscaler and PS/PS2 Smoothing.
PS/PS2 Upscaler will upscale Playstation games into high-definition resolutions. This will prevent the picture from looking too grainy and pixilated when playing Playstation games on the Playstation 3 with an HDTV. Set the PS/PS2 Upscaler to Normal if you want to keep the 4:3 ratio or Full Screen if you want to stretch the picture to 16:9.
PS/PS2 Smoothing will help smooth out the jaggy edges and pixilated polygons. This is especially helpful for 3D Playstation games.
You can also change these settings while playing a Playstation game on the Playstation 3. Simply press the PS button while in your gaming secession and select “Other Settings” to find the two display options.
Before starting to play Playstation games on the Playstation 3, you should set up a virtual Playstation Memory Card on the Playstation 3 hard drive. From the XMB menu, scroll over to the “Game” tab and then scroll up to “Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2).” Select the Create New Internal Memory Card option and then Internal Memory Card (PS). Afterwards, you can name your new virtual memory card to finish the application.
Now go back out to the Memory Card Utility (PS/PS2) section and press the triangle button on the virtual memory card you just created. Choose “Assign Slots” and pick either Slot 1 or Slot 2 so that you can save your Playstation game while playing those titles on the Playstation 3. You can also assign slots while playing the game by pressing the PS button and entering the Assign Slots section.
Finally, you can change controller settings by pressing the PS button while playing Playstation games on the Playstation 3. Enter the Controller Settings for two options: Reassign the Controller and Switch Analog Mode.
Reassign the Controller lets you set the controller you are holding into a different slot while Switch Analog Mode will allow you to switch the functionality between the Directional Pad and Left Analog Stick.
Hope this guide will make your experience of playing Playstation games on the Playstation 3 an easy and enjoyable one!